Donald ventured away from Trump Tower and parked himself on Broadway and Exchange, a block away from Wall Street, right in front of The King’s College. Here Donald encountered a higher level of success, partially due to the droves of tourists walking up Broadway from the Charging Bull, but he still faced ideological violence.
Donald recalled a particular sharp-dressed banker who threw garbage at him and poured some sort of liquid in his cup. The banker came up and kicked his backpack, and Donald had to kick back to make him run away. The next day the banker returned, screaming at Donald and proceeding to pull his pants down and stick his butt right in Donald’s face.
“That was the only time I had to take my mask off and literally kick his butt!” Donald said.
He does it for the entertainment—he likes to bring people smiles and make enough for him and his friends to enjoy a night of drinking. He’s been told that if he changed his sign to something like “impeachment fund” he would gain more interest and money, but that’s not the goal.
The only people who know what Donald is doing are his two brothers.
“My former roommate once came to me to talk and I was ashamed he was going to recognize me from my eyes,” Donald said. “He asked me something like, ‘what are you doing here? Why are you collecting money?’ And I was like, ‘habla espanol’ because shoot, you know, he could recognize my voice!”
Despite saying he was ashamed, he was more concerned with being labeled a ‘beggar’ as he was with being recognized. Donald simply doesn’t think it is important for people to know what he is doing.
At one point outside of Rockefeller Center, Homeless Services came and asked him if he needed a place to stay or food to eat.
“Do I look like a homeless person?” Donald asked, slightly confused. “Kind of,” Homeless Services responded. “Oh shit, maybe I do,” he thought to himself. He feels bad when people think he is homeless, because they are giving him money to help with food and shelter.
“It’s my beer money,” Donald said, happy and unashamed. “Everyday, all the money I make, I take it to the bar and spend it all. It’s not for paying my rent or anything. I take it to the bar, and it’s all gone.”
While Donald wears a political mask, he stays out of the ideological debates.