Millions turn out for second day of Women’s March to protest Trump

January 22, 2018 4:36 am
Protesters at the Women’s March Anniversary “Power To The Polls” event, January 21, 2018 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by AFP)
Millions of protesters have turned out for the second day of the Women’s March, a nationwide series of protests against President marking the end of his tumultuous first year in office.
The Sunday rallies in New York, Las Vegas, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago and about 250 other cities, including Park City in Utah that was host to the Sundance Film Festival, marked the anniversary of President Trump’s inauguration and last year’s Women’s March, for the second day.
The demonstrations were generally framed as protests against Trump and his policies.
People hold signs as they attend the Women’s March on New York City on January 20, 2018 in New York City.
Speakers at the events blasted Trump for policies they say hurt women urging voters to turn out for congressional elections in November to secure progressive seats in the midterm elections. Sister rallies were staged in cities overseas.
Huge turnout
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio cited 200,000 as the city’s official number of participants in a tweet on Sunday morning.
“It was the one year anniversary of one of the greatest protests in American history, and it was a promise to keep the fight going,” he said.
In Chicago, some 300,000 protesters hit the streets, up from 250,000 in 2017. In Los Angeles, the final count rose to 500,000, and around 100,000 protesters were expected in San Francisco. In Oakland, California, and Austin, Texas, groups of women marched the streets with anti-Trump fervor at the core of their protest.
Trump Response
Trump responded to the events on Twitter by ignoring protests against him and instead highlighting the economic gains of the past year and how they benefited women. “Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March,” he tweeted.
The past year has also resulted in the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements, which aim to end systemic sexual harassment after a string of scandals involving powerful men in Hollywood, Washington and elsewhere.
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