Down below on Fifth Avenue, the protesters could be heard almost the moment it was announced that Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States. In the days they have only grown more numerous outside Trump Tower, the gilded shrine to himself that the real-estate-mogul-turned-reality-TV-star-turned-Republican-firebrand built in 1983. As the protesters chant "Not My President" and "Fuck Trump," a massive police presence, complete with barricades and riot gear have sprung up to protect the person soon to have the nuclear codes at his fingertips.
But 34 stories above the groundswell, Frederic Bouin sounds unbothered. "This guy put his life on the line for democracy," Bouin said of his landlord. "I can certainly put up with a little bit of inconvenience."
Inside Trump Tower, life has begun to change for residents of a building where even one bedroom apartments go for over $2 million. It takes a little bit longer to get in and out now that the security presence has increased. Forget about getting food delivered if you want the food still warm. Just walking on the street means confronting an energized mob.
But it is a small price to pay, say those who live alongside the soon-to-be leader of the free world.
"I am very happy that he is president of my state," said Susetta Mion, the granddaughter of an Italian textile magnate. "I am very happy, very excited, not just for him but for me too."
As many residents of Trump Tower see it, all of a sudden their building is the most famous, and perhaps the most desirable real estate in the world right now. And if it takes longer to get to your front door than it does to board an airplane, it is a small price to pay for having someone many in the building consider to be a great man serve in the White House.
"I think the guy is going to be remembered in history," said Bouin, a private art dealer in New York and Paris. "We have to help the guy. He is the only one with the balls to do what he did. What other businessman, what other billionaire would even try it?"
The attitude in Trump Tower stands in marked contrast to the attitude of other Trump buildings around New York and the country before the election, where residents fretted that Trump's name would be associated with a kind of nativist bigotry that would erode the value of their homes. Several Trump properties inquired into changing the name of the building.
But at Trump Tower at least, winning has its advantages. Although one woman who works as a housekeeper in the building lamented that it takes longer to get to work now, residents relished a kind of security that they were not used to.
"This is the safest building in the world right now," said Mion.
But even though Mion said she was unbothered by the protests, she wished they would stop now, too.
"What do they expect, Donald Trump to say? 'I am sorry, I don't want to be president any more because people are protesting?'"
"The protesters say he is a racist. How can Trump be a racist when he is married to two foreigners?" Bouin continues. "They should go. He needs peace and quiet to be able to work. They are playing with fire."
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