Everyone hates on Donald Trump, and now he’s literally a punching bag— Overthrow, the boxing gym that took over the Yippie building in the East Village, is rolling out a voter registration truck that’s equipped with a Trump-faced punching ball, so you can clock Don King’s favorite candidate right in the kisser. Not that we’d ever condone violence (or exercise), but it’s better than having to pay to Beat Up Trump in Union Square.
Joey Goodwin, owner of Overthrow, tells us the truck made a test run last night, when his team caught wind that Huma Abedin and Chelsea Clinton were co-hosting a fundraiser at Spring Studios. No, they didn’t end up bumping into Huma, which saved everyone some awkwardness—back when he ran a marketing company, Goodwin was responsible for Anthony Weiner’s Weiner Truck. “I was like, oh shit, I hope she doesn’t put it all together,” said the “Soho Kid.”
The truck (illustrated by John Gagliano, who also created the Michelle Obama-inspired “when they go low, we go high” posters you’ve seen around town) ended up parked at Union Square and will make another soft run today, possibly near the Intrepid, where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be at a town hall this evening. Potential future stops include Trump Tower, Clinton’s Brooklyn offices, the Supreme store, and maybe even Kanye’s Fashion Week show (Ye can draw a crowd).
Goodwin says the truck is “in the flavor of our predecessors, the Yippies” (yes, those are photos of Abbie Hoffman on the side of it), though one imagines the radical activists would’ve been more for Bernie Sanders, if only because of his stance on marijuana legalization. As for Goodwin, he’d prefer Bill Clinton over Hillary, but he says that he’s with her mostly because “Donald Trump would be very dangerous as president” and “we don’t have any other alternative.” The most important thing, he believes, is to “knockout Trump, or overthrow Trump.”
Did he say Overthrow? “This might be a marketing stunt right out of Donald’s playbook,” Goodwin admits, “but in terms of him actually being president of the most powerful country in the world, the United States of America, I think it would be a very scary situation. The guy just doesn’t know his facts and he’s doing everything on a whim.” Safe to say he’s spent his entire campaign hitting below the belt.
Aside from handing out Overthrow-branded stickers and other swag, the idea behind the truck is to get New Yorkers registered to vote and remind them of upcoming registration deadlines. With that, maybe Clinton’s campaign will be less rocky and more Rocky.