How to cope with President Trump Stress Disorder

So many Americans are suffering from political anxiety that doctors have coined a term for their distress — President Trump Stress Disorder.

Patients are turning up in therapists’ offices across the country reporting symptoms including insomnia, hypervigilance, and the inability to pull themselves away from the 24-hour news cycle.

Therapists report that their practices are more robust than ever. Deborah Cooper, a California-based therapist said she can hardly accommodate all of her patients. “I have people I have not seen in literally 30 years that have called me to come back in because of trauma,” she said. “I am more than full. I am overworking.”

She cited Trump’s lackluster condemnation of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville as one in a string of anxiety-inducing events that are “coming too fast and furious” for her patients — and her practice — to handle.

Clinical psychologist Scott Christnelly said President Trump’s remarks Tuesday serve as confirmation that his patients’ anxiety is well founded. “This is more evidence they should be anxious. There is evidence the anxiety is real, and it’s not just something they are making up,” he said.

Worry over America’s future under Trump spans the country. It’s so pervasive that therapists say most of their clients have brought it up in session.

“I don’t think I have a patient that has never mentioned it. It’s remarkable,” said Sue Elias, a New York-based psychotherapist.

Elias described a patient raised in a dysfunctional, alcoholic household whose past traumas have been brought to the surface by Trump. Her worries and fears now interfere with her day-to-day functioning.

“This is so triggering for her, the feeling of every day, what is going to happen next,” Elias said. “It has interfered with her work and she is really struggling.”

An American Psychology Association study conducted after Trump was elected showed that 66% of adults, including Democrats and Republicans, said the future of the nation was causing them significant stress. Fifty-seven percent of adults identified the current political climate as a significant source of stress.

The APA reports that stress has, over the past 10 years, been trending downward among American adults. But stress levels spiked for the first time in January 2017, when Trump’s inauguration took place.

Talkspace, an online therapy service, also reported three times more traffic than usual in January. Demand for its services remains about one and a half times higher than usual, its founder and CEO Oren Frank told the Daily News.

It’s important, though, to distinguish between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and President Trump-induced anxiety.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America defines PTSD as a potentially debilitating condition occurring in people who have witnessed a life-threatening or traumatic event.

For the most part, political anxiety is less severe.

It is, however, chronic. “You can’t go a week without anything. Every week there is something else,” Cooper said.

And so psychotherapists have devised coping techniques.

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The President’s response to Saturday’s deadly violence in Charlottesville was not a welcome one for those suffering from Trump burnout.

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Five ways to overcome Trump trauma

1. Unplug

As hard as it might be to tear oneself away from the news, or from Trump’s Twitter account, therapists recommend disconnecting from electronic and social media for at least a few hours a day.

“Turn off Twitter, turn off the news. By 10 o’clock at night you should get rid of the electronic media, it’s just too agitating if you are anxious,” said Dr. Marlin S. Potash, a New York-based psychologist.

Another therapist advised taking an extended break from the news. “Shut it off for a couple days and don’t feel like you are putting yourself in danger. If there is something incredibly important, you are going to hear it,” Elias said.

This advice extends to participation in political conversations. “It’s important to stay informed and also important to know your limits and give yourself a break from social media, mainstream news and political discussions,” said Vaile Wright, a psychologist based in Washington, D.C.

2. Get involved

Therapists recommend turning agitation and anxiety into action, to help quell feelings of hopelessness and helplessness and gain a sense of empowerment.

This can mean volunteering for or donating to organizations supporting causes you believe in.

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Dr. Sandy Haber, a New York-based psychologist, suggested calling and writing congressional representatives, getting involved in community politics, and making donations to politicians aligned with one’s views.

3. Exercise

Stressing the body’s cardiovascular and muscular systems can help distract from political anxiety, according to psychotherapists. It also increases the amount of serotonin — a feel-good chemical — in the brain. “If you are anxious and you start exercising regularly, it will help balance your mood out,” Christnelly said.

“Go for a run, swim, do push-ups, sit-ups, or vacuum clean to Aretha Franklin,” Potash said.

4. Try to be understanding

It’s important for Trump haters to try to understand his appeal, therapists say.

“It’s important not to fall victim to the mistake of writing his supporters off as people who are ignorant,” said Joseph Pierre, a California-based psychologist. “Understand what the appeal of Trump is to understand what’s going on in our country to see how you might fit into changing things to see how you might want them to be changed.”

5. Therapy

Finally, if your friends are sick of hearing you bemoan the Trump presidency, if you can’t talk to family about it, and you need to process how it’s affecting you, seek professional help.

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Georgia judge suspended for Facebook posts about Charlottesville

A county judge in Georgia was suspended after he slammed protesters who pulled down Confederate monuments and likened them to ISIS in controversial Facebook posts.

Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge James Hinkle wrote a post on Saturday deriding the counter-protesters in Charlottesville, V.A., who opposed white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other far-right groups protesting the removal of Robert E. Lee’s statue, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

About an hour before James Field allegedly rammed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, Hinkle wrote: “It looks like all of the snowflakes have no concept of history. It is what it is. Get over it and move on.”

On Tuesday, Hinkle added, “The nut cases tearing down monuments are equivalent to ISIS destroying history.”

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Chief Magistrate Judge Kristina Hammer Blum issued a statement that read: “After reviewing the Facebook posts brought to my attention this morning, I suspended Judge Hinkle effective immediately while I consider the appropriate final action.”

This isn’t the first time Hinkle, who served as the mayor of Grayson for more than two decades, has shared his controversial views on social media. In January, he declared that he was “proud to be a deplorable infidel”.

When the U.S. Treasury announced Harriet Tubman would be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $ 20bill, he wrote, “Well, the U.S. Treasury has just announced the ugliest $ 20 bill, or any money ever.”

While critics have been calling for Hinkle to resign, he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he didn’t see what was so controversial at his Facebook posts.

“But you know, with the way things are going in the world today, I guess everything’s controversial,” he said.

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‘Where’s Theresa May? Not up for the job?’ Ex-aide to Brexit chief now turns on PM

Former-aide to Brexit Secretary David Davis, James Chapman, has now turned on Theresa May, claiming she’s so “fed up” with the job of prime minister that she no longer sleeps at 10 Downing Street.

“Where is Theresa May?” Chapman tweeted.

“I hear she’s so fed up she doesn’t sleep in No10. Hand over to someone who’s up to the job eh?”

The tweet comes a day after Chapman’s online tirade in which he accused Davis of being a lazy, incompetent, bullying liar who was unfit for the job of negotiating Britain’s EU exit.

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Britain’s Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union David Davis © Francois Lenoir

He also questioned the intellect of the prime minister and claimed neither she nor Davis had any idea what they were doing on Brexit.
He claimed Davis “leered” over Labour MP Diane Abbott while allegedly “drunk,” and that he keeps former UKIP leader Nigel Farage on “speed dial.”

He also claimed Davis got easy rides in BBC interviews because he had close relationships with top presenters, and made extraordinary outbursts against foreign leaders.

He also called on his former Brexit department colleagues to resign, as they were being asked “to facilitate misconduct in public office.”

Chapman also tweeted: “Brexiteers asking if I’ve gone mad. Well I am incandescent at what they’ve done to my country.”

Chapman, who is also the former political editor of the Daily Mail, a forthright anti-European Union newspaper, was appointed chief of staff to Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis.

He quit the Department for Exiting the European Union before the election in June, and in recent weeks has begun sharing some of his concerns about the lack of planning by British officials and the apparent unwillingness to publicly address the scale of the task.

Chapman claims the only way to escape the mess of Brexit is for the creation of a new party called the “Democrats” to be launched in September.

The new party would seek to overturn Brexit and then ban all future referenda.

In the days since he first proposed the idea, Chapman says he has been approached by two Tory MPs in Cabinet and several former Cabinet ministers asking about the new party.

With a taste of what’s to come, Chapman tweeted that environment secretary, Michael Gove, is next.

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Obama's Charlottesville tweet the most liked ever 

Barack Obama is still the presidential voice millions of people crave.

Former President Barack Obama’s three-part tweet of a Nelson Mandela quote in the wake of the Charlottesville, Va., white supremacist rally that left one counter-protester dead is the most liked tweet ever as of midnight Tuesday, according to Twitter.

The first part of Obama’s tweet of comfort —both denouncing hate and calling for love —is now up to nearly three million likes and has over one million retweets.

Obama’s first tweet featured a picture of him interacting with a few young children through a building’s window and read “‘No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…'”

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Barack Obama is still the presidential voice millions of people crave.

Barack Obama is still the presidential voice millions of people crave.

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The 44th President finished the quote in his next two tweets. He wrote, “‘People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’ —Nelson Mandela.”

The tweet’s popularity surpassed a May 2017 tweet from Ariana Grande after her Manchester, England, concert was attacked, leaving 22 people dead — which was liked just over 2.7 million times.

It took President Trump two days to condemn the extreme racism displayed during the “Unite the Right” rally. At first, Trump attributed the violence to “many sides” instead of specifically calling out the racist actions of literal torch-wielding, Nazi flag-carrying protesters.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides,” Trump said from his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday. “On many sides,” he repeated.

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Trump’s refusal to identify the alt-right hate-mongers for what they are was not unnoticed by celebrities and political figures alike on Twitter.

It took President Trump two days to condemn the extreme racism displayed during the neo-Nazi group "Unite the Right" rally.

It took President Trump two days to condemn the extreme racism displayed during the neo-Nazi group “Unite the Right” rally.

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“Hell of a day for the President to forget how to tweet,” said noted Trump opponent J.K. Rowling.

“Very important for the nation to hear @potus describe events in #Charlottesville for what they are, a terror attack by #whitesupremacists,” tweeted Sen. Marco Rubio (R- Fla.).

“Wow. We have a President who cannot condemn white supremacy. Wow. And nobody is surprised. We have white supremacists in the White House,” added “The Big Sick” star Kumail Nanjiani.

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Corey Lewandowski threatened his neighbors, lawsuit says

Neighbors of President Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski say he threatened to use his “political clout” to make their lives “a nightmare” over an ongoing land dispute, according to a new lawsuit.

In July, Lewandowski filed a $ 5 million lawsuit claiming his neighbors Glenn and Irene Schwartz blocked the access to his pond-front lot in Windham, New Hampshire.

Last week, they filed a countersuit claiming Lewandowski intimidated them by standing outside his home with a baseball bat.

On another occasion, Lewandowski yelled over the phone that he would “use his political connections and clout to shut down all building and work and make your life a nightmare with an expensive and extended lawsuit,” the Schwartzes claim.

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They also contend Lewandowski disrupted electrical work necessary for a house they were building by blocking a power source with his pickup truck and illegally accessing a private well on their property.

The former campaign manager initially offered the Schwartzes a “swap” that would give them access to his lot, according to the countersuit cited by the Daily Beast.

But when the couple spoke to him about the proposed swap over the phone, he allegedly screamed that the exchange “is not acceptable to my wife”, according to the Schwartzes.

He told them not to “disrespect her wishes” before he hung up, the countersuit states.

Court documents indicate Lewandowski is building a garage at the property.

The couple is not asking for a specific amount of money in the countersuit, but are requesting damages associated with the emotional distress they contend Lewandowski inflicted on them.

Lewandowski’s lawyer couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The political operative was famously accused of grabbing a reporter on the campaign trail before he was fired by Trump months later in June 2016.

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‘Iran cannot hold world hostage, nuclear deal not too big to fail’ – US envoy to UN

Tehran should not be allowed to use the nuclear deal as a bargaining tool and “hold the world hostage,” the US ambassador to UN has said after Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani warned that Tehran could backtrack on the 2015 agreement “within hours” should new sanctions be imposed.

“Iran cannot be allowed to use the nuclear deal to hold the world hostage. The nuclear deal must not become too big to fail,” Nikki Haley said in response to Rouhani’s remarks.

On Tuesday, Rouhani told a session of parliament, broadcast live on state television, that if Washington goes back to its practice of imposing unilateral sanctions, then “Iran would certainly return in a short time – not a week or a month but within hours – to conditions more advanced than before the start of negotiations.”

In early August, US President Donald Trump signed into law a bill, which introduces sanctions on Iran, along with North Korea and Russia. Tehran considers it a violation of the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement.

Haley, however, claimed that US sanctions were an unrelated issue and were designed to punish Tehran for its “missile launches, support for terrorism, disregard for human rights, and violations of UN Security Council resolutions.”

Under the deal, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and signed by Tehran and major world powers – the US, France, Britain, Russia, and China, plus Germany – Tehran officially agreed to halt parts of its nuclear program and subject other sectors to increased UN monitoring. In response, Western countries agreed to lift sanctions.

On July 27, as part of its space program, Iran successfully tested a two-stage rocket meant to deliver small space satellites into orbit. The US government considered it a violation of the UN Security Council resolutions, saying the technology may potentially be used to carry a nuclear payload.

“Iran would not be the first to pull out of the nuclear deal, but it will not remain silent about the US repeated violations of the accord,” the Iranian president said earlier this month. “Those who want to tear up the nuclear deal should know that they will be ripping up their own political life.”

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RT obtains footage from inside ISIS-besieged Deir ez-Zor in Syria

As the Syrian army advances towards the city of Deir ez-Zor, its residents are counting the days until liberation following years of living under an ISIS siege. Exclusive footage from the city, obtained by RT, reveals civilian sufferings and their struggle to obtain basic necessities.

Ever since the jihadists encircled the city in July 2014, suffering residents have managed to adapt, enduring the wretched living conditions.

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“We’re simply not living. We live like dogs here,” one of the locals told an RT contributor who managed to gain exclusive access to the Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) besieged neighborhood of Al-Jura.

Although Damascus remains in control of most parts of the city, including its air base, IS terrorists has for years tried to break the government and territorial defense force’s resistance inside the encircled municipal center.

Amid the widespread destruction, dozens of locals have been captured in the RT video queueing the streets just to get some clean water and a little bit of bread.

With the infrastructure mostly destroyed and no power supply, the only way civilians inside the city can stay warm is through burning firewood. They also use it to make food, if they can get their hands on any provisions.

Rare airdrops of humanitarian aid onto the city remains the only lifeline that supports the residents of the besieged city.

Blood stained streets, unexploded munitions and craters from explosions have long replaced the lavish playgrounds of the city that children once played in. One resident, pointing to an unexploded munition, said they have been living under IS’ bombardment for years.

“These are the shells, which were recently released by militants on the neighborhoods of Deir ez-Zor,” the civilian said. “It is a crime. There is no security. There is no protection.”

However, the situation may soon drastically improve, and Deir ez-Zor residents could appreciate some peace and stability as the Syrian army, supported by Russian and Syrian airplanes, make their final push towards the city.

On Tuesday, the army clashed with jihadists in the vicinity of the airport and on the axis of al-Bugheiliyeh village, Sana reported. The Syrian Air Force also targeted “ISIS dens and movements” in the villages of Ayash, Hatla, al-Husseiniyeh and Huwejet Saqr. 

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Local sources told the Syrian news agency that foreign IS fighters were trying to flee the area amid the government advance.

On Monday, the Russian defense ministry said its jets helped the Syrian forces recapture a large part of territory between the provinces of Homs and Raqqa as part of the El-Kder operation.

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Last weekend, the Syrian army announced victory in Al-Sukhnah, the last major city controlled by the militant group in the province of Homs. With the capture of Al-Sukhnah, all roads now lead to Deir ez-Zor, which lies roughly 130 kilometers to the east. Meanwhile, the US-supported Kurdish dominated Syrian Democratic Forces are also making a push towards Deir ez-Zor from the north.

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Cuomo uses Charlottesville march to push N.Y. law against hate

ALBANY — In the wake of the deadly hate march in Charlottesville, Va., Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday he will introduce legislation designed to prevent a similar situation in New York.

The bill being drafted would add to the state hate crimes law the new offenses of rioting and inciting to riot when the actions target protected classes. The penalties for engaging in rioting that’s deemed a hate crime would carry tougher felony sanctions under the plan.

Cuomo is dubbing the proposed change the “Charlottesville provisions” and said it is designed to “reaffirm that while peaceful demonstrations are allowed, New York will never tolerate advocacy or the incitement of imminent violence against protected classes within our communities.”

The state’s current hate crime law covers those targeted based on their race, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation.

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“The ugly events that took place in Charlottesville must never be repeated, and in New York we’re going to stand united against hate in all of its forms,” Cuomo said. “Our diversity is our strength and this legislation will help protect New Yorkers and send a clear signal that violence and discrimination have no place in our society.”

Riot police protect members of the Ku Klux Klan from counterprotesters as they arrive to rally in Charlottesville.

Riot police protect members of the Ku Klux Klan from counterprotesters as they arrive to rally in Charlottesville.

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The governor also renewed his call Tuesday for an expansion of the state’s Human Rights Law to cover public school students statewide — not just private school pupils as is currently the case — when it comes to bullying, harassment and other discrimination.

State Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif had no immediate comment on the proposals.

An Assembly spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment.

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It’s not the first time Cuomo, who has been mentioned as a potential 2020 presidential candidate, has used a national incident to push legislation in New York.

Rescue workers move victims on stretchers after a car plowed through a crowd in Charlottesville.

Rescue workers move victims on stretchers after a car plowed through a crowd in Charlottesville.

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Weeks after the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. that left 20 children and six adults dead, Cuomo pushed through a tough gun control measure known as the SAFE Act.

On Monday, he signed a bill into law that stiffens penalties for bomb threats against community centers. The legislation was passed after Jewish community centers in New York and other states received numerous bomb threats earlier this year.

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President retweets image of Trump train running over CNN reporter

After calling for unity and denouncing racist groups, President Trump Tuesday morning retweeted a cartoon image of a Trump train running over a CNN reporter.

Trump quickly deleted the tweet but not before it was retweeted hundreds of times by some of his 35 million followers.

Critics slammed the digital missive, noting it came three days after a crazed white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd of counter protesters, killing one and injuring 19 others.

After the violence in Charlottesville, Va., Trump was slammed for failing to condemn racist groups like the neo-Nazis, the Klu Klux Klan and white supremacists.

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The President  retweeted and then quickly deleted this image of a Trump train running over a CNN reporter on Aug. 15.

The President retweeted and then quickly deleted this image of a Trump train running over a CNN reporter on Aug. 15.

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On Monday, Trump grudgingly denounced those hate filled organizations by name, saying white supremacists are “repugnant to all we hold dear as Americans,” and urging citizens to respond to “hate with love.”

But the President hasn’t shown much love on his favorite social media platform in the 24 hours since then.

In addition to the CNN tweet, he apparently mistakenly retweeted a message from one of his critics saying “He’s a fascist.” He deleted that tweet from a user identified as Mike Holden about five minutes later.

Holden was responding to a Fox & Friends article on a possible pardon for former Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio. The controversial sheriff was convicted of defying a U.S. court order to stop traffic patrols that targeted undocumented immigrants.

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Holden, 53, who lives near Manchester, England, has previously tweeted liberal political memes and articles.

“I’m announcing my retirement from Twitter. I’ll never retop this,” he tweeted after the presidential retweet.

Holden has jokingly welcomed all the sudden attention.

“Officially Endorsed by the President of the United States” his Twitter bio says. “I wish that were a good thing.”

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The President was ripped for his Twitter activity — yet again — on Tuesday.

The President was ripped for his Twitter activity — yet again — on Tuesday.

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Late Monday, Trump also retweeted a message from an alt-right provocateur who promoted the “pizzagate” conspiracy theory that claims Democrats harbor child sex slaves at a pizza restaurant.

“Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national media outrage. Why is that?” Jack Posobiec had tweeted.

The tweet remains up.

Posobiec made headlines in New York earlier this year when he rushed the Public Theater stage during a “Julius Caesar” performance in Central Park.

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“You are inciting terrorists,” he screamed after taking exception to the production’s depiction of a Trump-like Caesar.

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Protester busted for punching Trump fan in night two of rallies

One person was arrested during a second wave of protests at Trump Tower on Tuesday, police said.

Roughly 500 demonstrators gathered around the building and faced off with about 24 Trump supporters. At 9:30 p.m. a protester walked up to someone in the pro-Trump camp and punched him in the face as the victim chanted at the anti-Trump group. Cops quickly arrested the attacker.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill said cops had “no major issues, no major problems” at Monday night’s anti-Trump protests, which drew thousands to Manhattan.

“We had a pretty large detail in place,” O’Neill said. “By and large, we only had a couple of arrests. It went well.”

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Thousands of protesters rallied Monday outside Trump Tower, Grand Army Plaza and Columbus Circle, and three people were arrested.

Police stand guard near Trump Tower on Fifth Ave. on Monday.

Police stand guard near Trump Tower on Fifth Ave. on Monday.

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One of those busted, Moses Hoskins, 64, rejected a time-served plea offer at his arraignment Tuesday.

“The situation is so horrifying,’” said Hoskins, an artist who lives in Astoria, Queens. He called demonstrating necessary, and said sitting out would show “passive complicity.”

“This is horrifying. Do we really want to have four years of that?”

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Hoskins, who faces disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration charges, is due back in court Oct. 4.

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