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Women vs Trump

  • Written by Veronique Dupont, with Catherine Triomphe in New York
  • Published in World
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Protestors flock in droves to anti-Trump Women’s Marches

LOS ANGELES -- Protestors took to the streets en masse across the United States Saturday, hoisting
anti-Donald Trump placards, banging drums and donning pink hats for a second Women’s March opposing
the president — one year to the day of his inauguration.

Hundreds of thousands of marchers assembled in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, Chicago,
Denver, Boston and other cities nationwide, many donning the famous pink knit “pussy hats” — a
reference to Trump’s videotaped boasts of his license to grope women without repercussions.
    
Protestors hoisted signs emblazoned with slogans like “Fight like a girl”, “A woman’s place
is in the White House” and “Elect a clown, expect a circus.”
    
The largest demonstrations were in cities where Trump performed poorly at the polls: the Los
Angeles mayor said estimated turnout in his city was 600,000, while New York police estimated about
200,000 protesters.
    
In Manhattan, a diverse crowd descended on Central Park West, the avenue that borders the
city’s beloved park and arrives at the foot of the Trump International Hotel — part of the magnate-
turned-commander-in-chief’s real estate empire.
    
“We live in an alternate universe — it is so bad,” said Althea Fusco, 67, who traveled to the
city from upstate New York with two neighbors.
    
“I see an erosion of democracy,” she said.
    
Speakers at the New York rally included activist and actress Rosie Perez and entertainer
Whoopi Goldberg, who emphasized that “we are here to say — as women — we’re not taking it anymore.”
    
Throngs of demonstrators paraded in Los Angeles, where actress Natalie Portman was among the
celebrities pumping up the crowd: “Because of you the revolution is rolling.”
    
“The way Trump has treated women and still been elected — I want him to be aware that we are
coming together as a powerful force and we’re going to change this,” said 44-year-old artist Heather
Arndt in the California metropolis.
    
The marches aim to build on the movement launched last year when more than three million
people turned out nationwide to voice opposition to Trump.
    
The weekend of demonstrations is aimed at translating enthusiasm into political action with
the theme “Power to the Polls” — a message designed to drive voter registrations and maximize women’s
involvement in the 2018 midterm elections.
    
The president meanwhile posted a deadpan tweet referencing the rallies protesting his
policies, urging people to “get out there and celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented
economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months.”
    
“Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March,” he
wrote.

‘Cannot rest’
    
Many of the demonstrations indeed took place under sunny skies but marchers in Park City,
Utah — where the annual Sundance Film Festival is underway — braved chilly temperatures and steady
snow to make their voices heard, led by celebrities including activist and actress Jane Fonda.
    
This year’s edition of Sundance took on a political bent in light of the #MeToo movement
against sexual misconduct, a campaign that has rippled through Hollywood and beyond since scores of
actresses leveled sexual assault allegations against disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.
    
Crowds in the North Carolina city of Charlotte heard an address from its first black female
mayor, while Washington protestors rallied at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial and marched to the
White House, speaking out on a raft of issues ranging from immigrant protections to racial equality
to sexual assault.
    
“We feel like our work isn’t done and that there’s so much more that we need to fix,” said
Tanaquil Eltson, 14, who also participated in Washington’s 2017 march.