US POLITICS

Women’s March Puts Trump Inauguration To Shame

An estimated 500,000 people are expected to descend on the capital Saturday

US POLITICS
Demonstrators protest on the National Mall in Washington, DC — AFP/Getty Images
Jan 21, 2017 at 12:29 PM ET

Throngs of people showed up for Saturday’s Women’s March in Washington D.C., putting President Donald Trump’s inauguration event to shame. The capital attracted thousands of protesters, while other sister marches unfolded across the country.

Metro stations around D.C. were mobbed with people trying to get to the National Mall for a rally the was scheduled to start at 10 a.m. local time. A city official estimated that the turnout for the Women’s March stands at 500,000 — more than double initial predictions. Meanwhile, although no numbers are available for Trump’s inauguration, the Washington metro’s Twitter account said that as of 11 a.m., ridership was eight times busier than a normal Saturday morning, and more than on inauguration day — a sign that there were more people trying to get to the capital on Saturday than on Friday.

Those already in the capital have started marching. “I march in solidarity with girls who need access to contraception and safe, legal abortion,” Jen Haile, Human Rights Watch’s City Director in San Francisco, tweeted. Others have said that they’re marching for women’s rights, voting rights, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Some just want to express their deep mistrust of Trump after he waged a contentious election on a platform that many saw as an attack against the country’s more marginalized groups.

Elsewhere around the country, sister marches took place, attracting thousands more participants. According to organizers, there are 600 total sister marches planned for around the world. Marchers took to social media to share photos of the signs they’ve made for the event with messages that took aim at President Trump for his proposed policies and campaign rhetoric that many slammed for being demeaning to women and minorities. There is no shortage of video footage on Twitter and Facebook that showed massive crowds moving through the streets of cities from New York to Chicago, hours before even some marches were scheduled to start. At least one person shared an impressive video shot by a drone that glided through the air to capture the rush of people in St. Louis.

Plans for the march kicked off shortly after Trump declared his victory over rival Hillary Clinton in November’s shocking election. “The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights,” the official website reads.