Millions join anti-Trump protests across US

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WASHINGTON: More than two million people flooded the streets of Washington and other US cities and demonstrators around the world joined in as women opposed to Donald Trump led a peaceful, stunning rebuke against the new US president.

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As a sea of protesters brought downtown Washington to a standstill, streaming past the White House in pink “pussyhats,” Trump launched a withering attack on the media, accusing it of downplaying or even lying about the attendance at his swearing-in a day earlier.

The new president was certainly aware of the hundreds of thousands of people who poured into Washington and brought the downtown area near the White House and the National Mall to a standstill for hours.

Although the US capital does not release crowd counts, organizers of the Women’s March on Washington told AFP they estimated turnout at one million — quadrupling initial expectations — with huge crowds joining sister marches around the country.

More than half a million people also swarmed the streets of Los Angeles, according to police there, and a similar number gathered in New York. Other marches took place in Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, St. Louis, Denver and elsewhere.

Roused by fiery speeches, the protesters sent out a resounding message of rebuke and resistance the day after the Republican hardliner took office with a vow to roll back the legacy of his predecessor.

“It feels amazing” to join women pushing back against Trump’s divisive, discriminating and threatening rhetoric, said 16-year-old Maria Iman, who traveled to Washington with fellow high school students from Illinois.

“I’m part of history and one day will tell my children about this.”

A sea of women and men — teens, pensioners, parents with toddlers on their shoulders — swarmed the streets in a determined show of unity.

Educator Tanya Gaxiola, 39, who flew in from Tucson, Arizona, expressed concern that Trump will seek to restrict abortion laws and otherwise clamp down on women’s rights.

“He’s a narcissist and seeks approval, and this is a big display of disapproval,” Gaxiola said. “Hopefully, it catches his attention.”

“Women won’t back down,” “Women’s rights are human rights” and “Thank you Trump — you turned me into an activist,” read some of the thousands of handmade signs held aloft in the capital.

Fight back!
In Boston, where up to 175,000 people demonstrated, fiery Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren took aim at Trump’s campaign of “attacks” on women and minorities.

“We can whimper. We can whine. Or we can fight back!” Warren said to a loud roar.

Saturday’s rallying cry was heard far beyond America’s shores, with organizers saying over 2.5 million people signed up for one of more than 600 marches worldwide.

One of the largest was in London, where tens of thousands of women, men and children marched chanting “Dump Trump.”

The human tide flooding Washington appeared to dwarf the throngs of Trump supporters in red “Make America Great Again!” caps who had cheered his swearing-in.

Many wore knitted “pink pussyhats” in an allusion to Trump’s videotaped boasts of being able to grab women’s genitals with impunity because he is famous.

Trump’s defeated rival Hillary Clinton tweeted her support to the protesters, while former secretary of state John Kerry was spotted in the crowd — a day after leaving office — with his dog on a pink leash.

Pop diva Madonna, wearing her own black pussyhat, made an impromptu appearance on the Washington protest stage to deliver an expletive-laden indictment of the president.

“Welcome to the revolution of love,” the 58-year-old intoned. “To the rebellion. To our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny.”

1,000 percent
On his first full day in the world’s most powerful office, Trump visited the headquarters of the CIA, an agency he feuded with bitterly before taking office.

“I am with you 1,000 percent,” Trump said in a short address to CIA staff — during which he also accused US media playing down the inauguration turnout.

But he bizarrely turned his speech toward an assault on the media for their reporting on inauguration crowd size.

His press secretary, at his first briefing in the White House, also launched into reporters, falsely claiming that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period!”

Trump’s inaugural speech on Friday set the tone for his presidency: proudly populist, fiercely nationalist and determined to break with Obama’s legacy.

His first act in office — signing an executive order aimed at freezing Obama’s signature health care law — was a potent gesture in that direction, with more such actions expected to follow.

But if Friday was Trump’s day — marred by sporadic outbreaks of vandalism and more than 200 arrests — Saturday belonged to demonstrators with fresh memories of his fat-shaming a former beauty queen, sex assault allegations and a controversial stance on abortion.

The Women’s March began with a simple Facebook post from Hawaii grandmother and retired lawyer Teresa Shook to about 40 friends — but word travelled quickly and the event took on a life of its own.

AFP

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  1. At the early time of Mr. Trump’s incumbency as the President of the United States, one can readily see the ugly head and consequence of being defeated in a hotly contested presidential race where those demonstrators felt cheated, ignored or by-passed by Electoral Votes as against their sure-a-winner-anticipation by Popular Votes. Their cause ” Women Rights” is just a window dressing by those whose bitterness are apparent and could not accept that in a democratic governments there are winners and losers in any given elections of leaders. Women have their God given rights to speak and be heard but they should do it in that the interest and beliefs of other women are not overshadowed by their misplaced rhetoric, extravagant language, or purple prose just to get the ears of others. Mr. Trump should be allowed to do his mandate; a few of these are: to fortify and straighten the national security by vetting exhaustively and vigorously those people who are coming in as refugees, to cut-off seeming endless exodus of illegal immigrants , be those with no documents or those who let their visas expired, to address USA’s imbalance of trade with China and other countries, to build stronger USA’s Armed Forces, etc.. If those billionaires who lost in the past US presidential election are behind the massive demonstrations yesterday by supporting them with money, transportation, media coverage, etc., then that was a clear case of creating destabilization in the affairs of the government of USA. This should not be allowed and be condemned in a strongest language as this will affect the whole nation. Unity must prevail and be the top priority in order to succeed. To be divided, America will surely fail. Americans will all be victims of their disunity. The billionaires who are manipulative will be smiling from ear to ear should their actions to discredit Mr. Trump succeed as they know there insatiable lust for more money and power will greatly increase their inflated ego and ranking in the social ladder of supremacy. This time, they must be stopped at all cost if only to uplift the spirit of America for greatness again. Americans should buy american products and avoid buying products made from other countries no matter how cheap they are. In doing this, Americans can create more jobs in America and money will circulate from within and very less from without. So, the american people can help the present Trump administration to succeed in its focus to build again a healthy , robust, and strong America at a faster rate. If Americans unite, there is no limit what they can achieve. They have the adequate resources and best manpower to succeed. By the way, those who are pro-abortion, please think first before doing it. God’s wrath will be on you and your soul will surely go to hell. Your right to your body is superseded by the right of God of your life because He created you. His command do not commit murder should be honored. Hell is real. It is not a fiction.

  2. It was supposed to be a womens’ march, all I heard was anti Trump rhetoric. I guess a lot of women didn’t read or heard the agenda.

  3. Eduardo valdez on

    This is what you get when you have a president who did not get the popular votes get elected via.the electoral college. the American people are angry because it was Hilary who got their nod by a margin of over two million popular votes. The electoral college is no longer relevant today as it was conceived at a time more than two hundred years ago when many Americans were ignoramuses. Drafters of their constitution then believed electing a president is a critical decision to make that should not be left to the uneducated. Thus, the electoral college was born originally composed of educated Americans.

  4. Give the newly elected President a chance to prove his worth … too early to protest against his Presidency , I think .