New Yorkers Prepare to Flee Election Unrest

Fearful New Yorkers are making plans to escape the city ahead of potential election day violence and protests, according to the New York Post.

Paulo Wei, a 25-year-old student, is planning to leave behind the unrest by leaving his luxury building on the Upper West Side for his family’s 60-acre farm two hours north of the city.  the Post reported Saturday.

“I felt trapped in the apartment — the protests were overwhelming,” Wei said. “It could happen again and I don’t want to be caught up in that. No matter who wins, someone is going to get upset.”

Flatiron resident Andrea, 31, a Republican and public relations specialist also decided to run for the hills. She is planning to flee  prior to Election day to Tulum, Mexico from Oct. 25 through Nov. 8.

“I went to my parents in New Jersey for about two weeks when the BLM protests got bad and the looting started. So I definitely want to get out of here the week of the election,” Andrea said, the Post reported.”

“I’m thinking if Trump wins, it’s going to be a disaster — the city will be on fire. People are going to go nuts,” Andrea added,

Ooana Trien, 42, an artist from Hell’s Kitchen has been staying in her family’s Fire Island home since mid-July.

The Trump supporter plans to mail in her ballot and welcomes friends looking for an escape into her home. “I told my friends that whoever wanted to get out of the city was welcome here. One friend who lives in Washington Heights is going to vote in the morning [on Nov. 3] and come straight up to the beach,” Trien said.

“My mother thinks that whether [Trump] wins or loses, protesters will try and burn down Trump Tower,” the artist said.

A leaked NYPD memo, obtained by The Post, revealed this week that police are preparing for protests to begin as early as Oct. 25 and grow in intensity through next year.

The memo reportedly said officers should “be prepared for deployment,” the Post reported.

“This November 3rd will be one of the most highly contested presidential elections in the modern era. There is also a strong likelihood that the winner of the presidential election may not be decided for several weeks,” the memo said, the Post reported.


About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met, and married an American journalist and moved to D.C from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A in Graphic, Media and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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2 responses to “New Yorkers Prepare to Flee Election Unrest”

  1. If only there was a tool each individual could possess that could be used in an emergency to defend themselves. Said tool would be small and provide adequate capability to repel multiple attackers if the possessor’s life was in imminent danger and help was nowhere to be found..surely people would have laws that enable them to possess such a tool. Let’s hope everything goes well on election night and you’re not reliant upon the police, that you want to defund, for your safety. I hope your gun control policies don’t come back to bite you, after all criminals can’t possibly have guns once they are outlawed, can they?

  2. I have never seen anything like this in my life, this is just beyond my imagination, why do ppl hate a President who loves Our Country and is doing great things. Why the hatred? Ok if you hate him fine, but look at the GOOD. THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY, Has everyone forgot about the 8 years of Obama when ALL OUR LIVES SUCKED. He did nothing but golf.