Demonstrators descend on Goldman Sachs in Jersey City to protest Trump picks
Dozens of protesters descended on Goldman Sachs in Jersey City Thursday afternoon to express their disapproval of President-elect Donald Trump picking some top level Goldman Sachs executives for advisory roles in his administration.
The group New York Communities for Change organized a march on the business' Jersey City headquarters and tried to get into the lobby. They filmed the rally and posted it on social media.
Videos show the group chanting, "Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho. Goldman Sachs has got to go," and carrying signs that said "Government Sachs."
The protesters say the fact that Goldman Sachs employees are getting jobs in the Trump administration shows corporate influence and breaks Trump's promise to "drain the swamp" of corporate money and power in Washington.
Goldman Sachs has touted several of its recent appointees to help Trump. The firm on Thursday announced head of Impact Investing Dina Habib Powell could be appointed as a senior counselor for economic initiatives.
The firm also praised Goldman executive Gary Cohn, tapped as an economic advisor.
Trump's choices for treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, chief White House strategist, Steve Bannon, and head of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Jay Clayton, all have Goldman ties.
Protesters who did try to get into the headquarters were escorted out by Jersey City police officers. It was not clear if they faced any charges.
"We just got kicked out very aggressively by JCPD at the Goldman Sachs offices in Jersey City," a protester named Jenny said on Facebook Live. "The first live feed ended because we were kicked, but I tell you what we are coming back Jan. 17."
A spokesperson for Goldman Sachs tells News 12 New Jersey, "We respect every individual's rights to assembly and free speech in accordance with laws. In this case, the police escorted these individuals out of the building for trespassing."
The protest scheduled for Jan. 17 may be at Goldman Sachs' Manhattan location.