Comparing Trump's inauguration crowd to the Women's March

Peter Castro
January 22, 2017

"It's been a heartrending time to be both a woman and an immigrant in this country", she said.

Each of us will have specific personal reasons for being there, but the idea of the Women's March on Washington on the day after Donald Trump's inauguration went viral on social media immediately after his election in a way that can only mean that it struck a powerful common chord. We decided to make our voices heard via chant, song, sign and presence, even if while standing in place, instead of actually marching. "And we are here to stay, Mr. Trump". Hours before the women's march got underway, buses and trains heading toward the rally site were packed. So, that's the really handsome thing about this.

Many said they were braced for an unraveling of rights and freedoms they had come to take for granted. "We want to be treated with civility and justice".

In New York, many more than 100,000 marched past Trump's home at Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

The turnout for the march was a show of force that gave signs of exceeding the attendance of the presidential inauguration a day earlier.

Demonstrations against Trump's discriminatory rhetoric were also held in Sydney, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Paris, Stockholm and elsewhere.

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He denounced previous US policies that he said have subsidized militaries of other countries, allowing for the depletion of the USA military, policies that have defended other nations' borders before America's and measures that have resulted in spending trillions of dollars overseas before spending money on rebuilding America's infrastructure that Mr. Trump said has "fallen into disrepair and decay".

The Women's March on Washington has not come together without its fair share of criticism and growing pains. The appreciative smiles toward men whose own powerful signs made their case for my body's rights. The lingering eye contact with total strangers of a dozen different races, an unspoken bond that we were united.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: It's hard to talk about these things. I hope that people everywhere else in the world can see this march and understand that we don't want this - most of us did not vote for him.

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Crowds of around 200,000 had been expected in Washington D.C. for the march, but at least double the number turned up to defend women's rights. She said the issues that trouble her about Mr Trump's coming presidency, were too many to list.

As a result, Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory joined the effort as national chairs.

I was most surprised by how many older women there were, in their 60s and 70s. "I fear he is going to take away our rights".

"I'm here because I do not support the current president", said Shabiha Yasmin, a resident of Ellicott City, Maryland.

And so, if you are Republican, if you are a Democrat, if you are Green Party, whatever party you are, we welcome you to be a part of this.

Trump's fiery rhetoric during his presidential campaign angered many liberals at home and overseas. Those streets were closed to Trump supporters. Others criticized the movement for not being inclusive, including women who oppose abortion who said they do not feel welcome to join.

He said in comments carried by The Hill: "I don't think so!"

A DC Fire Spokesperson Vito Maggiolo said that two police officers and one other person had to be rushed to the hospital with injuries after clashing with the protesters, CNN reported.

WILLIAM BRANGHAM: How will you measure whether or not Saturday is a success? "They need to know we are a force to be reckoned with". But I think that's also up to the marchers. We have people power and we will use it.

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