With the general election looking to be a contentious and bitter battle, Americans will be forced to face the music (for better of for worse) on Nov. 9, the day after voters head to the polls to decide the next president of the United States. At this point, it's anyone's guess who'll emerge from the polls victorious, but one New Yorker is hoping to send a defeated Donald Trump packing with a good old fashioned public taunting. His idea has picked up steam and now, in anticipation of Trump's failure to win the presidency, thousands are reportedly planning to gather in front of Trump Tower in New York the day after the general election to point and laugh at the presumptive Republican nominee's loss.
Hopeful that Trump won't be planning his move to the White House after votes are counted on Nov. 8, Jon Bershad, a writer and performer with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, created a Facebook event, entitled "Point and Laugh at Trump Tower on November 9," in early June. The event's objective is simple: senseless mockery.
On November 9th, the day after Donald Trump has cemented himself forever in history as a Loser lets [sic] have Americans of all stripes and creeds gather at his office to point and laugh. Together, we as a nation, will unite in to let Mr. Trump know that we all view him as a tiny, little man underserving [sic] of our respect. What a fun day this will be! Please invite as many people as you want.
Although Bershad told the New York Daily News he initially invited only 45 of his friends, news of the public taunting quickly spread. More than 4,500 thousand people have checked themselves as "going" to Bershad's point-and-laugh gathering while another 15,000 people have expressed interest in attending the event, according to Facebook. "I think this is the single most important event I've ever RSVPed for," one attendee wrote in a post published on the event's page.
But not everyone seems sold on the idea. While some Facebook users questioned what the group would do if Trump was victorious on election day, others criticized the event as an act of immaturity, with one commentator calling it downright "mean-spirited." Although it's clearly juvenile to point and laugh at anything (even Bershad recognizes the event as "obviously juvenile"), the event seems to have been created as a harmless way for voters to blow off steam following what is already fast becoming a hectic general election.
Trump's favorability rating recently dropped 10 points in the latest ABC News - Washington Post poll, with seven in 10 Americans reportedly having an unfavorable view of the presumptive Republican nominee. A separate national poll by Bloomberg Politics reports Trump trails 12 points behind presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, with 55 percent of those survey claiming "they could never vote for the real-estate developer and TV personality."
It remains to be seen, however, if Bershad and the event's attendees will still be laughing should Trump triumph at the polls in November.