WASHINGTON – Rosie O’Donnell and dozens of Broadway performers appeared outside the White House Monday night to pump up the protesters who have made noise nightly outside of President Trump’s residence, ever since his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“Let the president know, in no uncertain terms, that we are alive, awake and we are woke,” O’Donnell said as she greeted the crowd.
O’Donnell’s group from New York was led by actor and musician Seth Rudetsky and his playwright husband James Wesley, and included actor Richard Kind and current and former cast members from the musicals “Wicked,” “Hamilton,” “Beautiful,” “Phantom of the Opera” and more.
Liberal activists have gathered outside the White House for the past 22 nights, angered by Trump’s performance in Helsinki, as he stood alongside the Russian leader and refused to condemn the Kremlin’s 2016 cyber attack.
Originally the idea of the protest was to do anything and everything to keep Trump up at night.
On Monday, O’Donnell came powered with her own vocal cords and those belonging to musicians from Broadway.
“I will not have a solo because I’m not very good at singing. But we have a bunch of songs ready,” she said. “And we hope to give you a nice little show and remind you that your voice is important, whether it’s here in Washington, DC, or in the town where you live, let your voice be heard.”
One quick plea the comedian made was for the release from jail of Reality Winner.
“She is currently the only person serving time for telling about the Russian hacking,” O’Donnell said, talking about the 26-year-old jailed ex-intelligence official who had sent National Security Agency documents about Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election to the media outlet the Intercept.
“And look who’s in the White House. And looks who’s in jail. Let’s hope they swap places very soon,” said O’Donnell, who has for years played the role of thorn in Trump’s side.
O’Donnell’s appearance in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. was brief. She and the Broadway talent poured out of a coach bus and paraded through Lafayette Park, with the leaders hoisting up two large American flags.
Protesters have brought drums, whistles and bullhorns with them in an attempt to annoy Trump. They’ve named their movement the “Kremlin Annex.”
The Broadway artists brought an array of musical instruments to accompany their rendition of “America the Beautiful” and selections from “Les Miserables,” “Hair” and “The Sound of Music.”
One of the early organizers, ex-Hillary Clinton aide Philippe Reines, came armed with an air horn, which he blared at the White House the night the president touched down from Helsinki, suggesting it would mess with Trump’s jetlag.
Since then Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’ lawyer, has shown up. On Monday, O’Donnell was joined by Kristen Mink, the DC mom who approached now-former Environmental Protection Chief Scott Pruitt in a restaurant, along with Jim Obergefell, who’s same-sex marriage case made it to the Supreme Court and made it legal for all.
Later this week the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty is expected to take part.
Trump, however, won’t be hearing the clatter. He’s spending time away at his Bedminster, New Jersey, resort.
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