A New York City street performer who is impersonating GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump is supposedly allowing passersby to abuse him physically, as long as he gets paid.
The fees charged by the man in the over-the-top Trump mask and standard business suit who is identified as Kalan Sherrard are offered in exchange for numerous bizarre/satirical services rendered, such as $5 for a stomach punch, while a selfie — perhaps the more likely customer favorite — costs a mere $2.
The Trump imitator holding a cardboard “beat up Trump” sign made his appearance at Union Square in lower Manhattan yesterday, according to the New York Daily News.
“A chance to punch the Trump-esque artist’s gut will cost you $5. You can ‘trample’ the GOP frontrunner’s doppelganger for $10 and ‘throttle’ him for $7, although the performer’s cardboard sign did not elaborate on how far aggressors could take those two terms. For a whopping $300, a Trump-hater can pee on the tycoon…it’s not clear how many people have taken up Sherrard on his plethora of punishment options — or how much cash he’s collected.”
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In April 2014, New York Magazine described Sherrard, 28, as “NYC’s most avant-garde nihilist subway performer.” Wikipedia claims the Sherrard is a puppeteer, anarchist, and Occupy Wall Street protester in addition to his street artistry.
Sherrard reportedly has been arrested twice in the past for street theater activities.
In a video of his Trump goose-stepping antics (and fee schedule) embedded below, the activist artist seemed to be trotting out, as it were, the already tired Trump-as-Hitler trope.
Like him or hate him, the real Donald Trump is also being rhetorically pummeled by Democrats, #neverTrump Republicans, and the news media for incendiary statements and/or the controversy du jour and for other reasons.
The brash New York real estate mogul and ex-Celebrity Apprentice host thus far has won the most primaries and has received most delegates to the nominating convention (739 at this writing), however, and seems to be the only Republican candidate that appeals to many Democrats and Independents. That notwithstanding, some hand-wringing Trump foes among the so-called GOP establishment apparently are planning some form of parliamentary maneuvering at the RNC convention in Cleveland this summer to prevent Trump from officially securing the nomination. To win the nomination as the GOP’s presidential standard-bearer, Trump or another candidate must obtain at least 1,237 delegate votes.
Team Trump is not taking the possibility of a brokered or contested convention lying down, NBC News reported about ongoing delegate outreach efforts.
“While Trump publicly dismisses talk of a battle in Cleveland, he is quietly assembling a team of seasoned operatives to manage a contested convention. Their strategy, NBC has learned, is to convert delegates in the crucial 40 days between the end of the primaries and the convention — while girding for a floor fight in Cleveland if necessary.”
Despite what GOP insiders, power brokers, and consultants say on TV, Trump may have more support among elected officials in the party than perhaps is publicly acknowledged.
U.S. Congressman Chris Collins, who previously endorsed Donald Trump for president, recently declared in a radio interview that many of his colleagues “are supporting Trump quietly,” the Hill reported.
“They don’t like Ted Cruz at all, and for various reasons unique to their particular congressional districts, they’re not formally endorsing Mr. Trump…In fact, pretty much on the House floor, people know he will be our nominee. With very few exceptions, four or five individuals, everyone’s saying they will support the nominee…and if it’s Donald Trump, they’re gonna support him, as we all need to do to defeat Hillary Clinton and the progressive liberal campaign…”
Would you pay money to get physical, even just for fun, with a Donald Trump imitator, or is the whole idea in poor taste, or, as Donald Trump might say, a “disaster”?
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