Thousands of protesters marched in Washington and elsewhere in the United States on Saturday (Oct 17) to protest Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and to call for his defeat in the November 3 election.
The rallies, which organizers acknowledged had been happening in all 50 states, had been impressed by the first Women’s March in Washington, an infinite anti-Trump rally held a day after his 2017 inauguration.
But in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the demonstrations Saturday had been considerably smaller.
Organizers urged people fearful about in-person participation to hitch in a “socially distant text-banking telethon” geared towards sending 5 million messages encouraging people to vote.
Marchers moreover paid tribute to late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – an icon for women and progressives – whereas protesting Trump’s number of conservative select Amy Coney Barrett to change her.
The parade route in Washington started near the White House sooner than heading to the US Capitol after which to the National Mall.
Some protesters had been heading afterward to the Supreme Court developing, the place a smaller “I’m With Her” counterprotest – in Barrett’s favor – was scheduled.
Most marchers in Washington wore defending masks, with some dressed as Ginsburg in black robes with white lace collars, and a number of other others wore the knitted pink hats made well-known by the genuine march.
Their indicators and banners underscored the broader anti-Trump message: “Trump/Pence: Out Now,” study one, whereas others merely acknowledged, “Dump Trump.”
In New York City, around 300 people gathered at Manhattan’s Washington Square, many with pink hats and indicators supporting Trump’s Democratic opponents Joe Biden and Kamala Harris or honoring Ginsburg. It was one of 5 separate marches in the metropolis.
“It’s really important to be here and try to encourage people to vote out Trump and his misogynistic policies, especially now, with Covid, when a lot of people are isolated,” acknowledged Yvonne Shackleton, a 47-year-old working mother from near Albany, a few three-hour drive from New York City.
The Women’s March website online, paying homage to the huge turnout for the 2017 marches, acknowledged, “We need to bring that same power and determination to October 17 to cap off Trump’s presidency just the way it started – with massive, women-led resistance.”
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