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Women march against Trump, Republicans in major US cities

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Women’s March activists in Washington DC (Photo by Reuters)

Thousands of mostly women have taken part in a protest March in the US capital of Washington DC and other major cities across the country calling on voters to oppose Donald Trump and fellow Republican candidates in the upcoming November 3 elections.

Addressing marchers in Washington on Saturday, executive director of the Women’s March, Rachel O’Leary Carmona highlighted the power of women to end Trump’s presidency, insisting: “His presidency began with women marching and now it’s going to end with woman voting. Period.”

The march -- the latest in a series of protest events that began with a massive women’s march the day after Trump’s January 2017 inauguration – came during the surging coronavirus pandemic across the US with organizers pressing demonstrators to wear masks and observe social distancing throughout the event.

“Vote for your daughter’s future”, read one placard among many more carried by demonstrators who marched through downtown Washington to the Supreme Court. “Fight like a girl,” read another, according to an AP report.

Dozens of protest rallies were also planned across the country from New York to San Francisco to signal opposition to Trump and his policies, particularly his push to fill – before the Election Day -- the seat of late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, one of the high court’s most liberal judges.

“We Dissent”, said a cardboard sign carried by a young woman wearing a red mask with small portraits of Ginsburg, whose death last month triggered the rush by Trump and fellow Republicans replace her with a conservative nominee, Amy Coney Barrett.

In New York City, a demonstrator wearing a Donald Trump mask stood next to a statue of George Washington at Federal Hall during the women’s march outside the New York Stock Exchange.

An AP report from Washington also cited women’s rights advocate Sonja Spoo as saying that she had to chuckle when she heard reporters ask Trump if he will accept a peaceful transfer of power if he loses to Joe Biden.

“When we vote him out, come 3 November, there is no choice,” said Spoo. “Donald Trump will not get to choose whether he stays in power. That is not his power, that is our power … We are the hell and high water.”

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