Trump Inauguration To Be Met By Massive ‘Million Women’s March On Washington’
Women are anxious that a Donald Trump presidency could set back America or destroy many of their rights and are planning a massive march in Washington one day after he is sworn in.
The “Women’s March on Washington” is being organized on Facebook and about 35,000 people said they would attend within 24 hours of the protest being announced, said Bob Bland, an organizer based in New York.
The march is in response to Trump’s attitudes toward women that were demonstrating during his campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump insulted female reporters, a female political rival and other women over their looks, and bragged about groping women and making unwanted sexual advances.
Released video footage of his comments prompted several women to say publicly that Trump had groped them.
Trump denied their allegations and dismissed his words as “locker room talk.”
During the campaign Trump also said abortion should be banned and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Roe v Wade legalizing abortion should be overturned. He promised to appoint an anti-abortion justice to the nation’s highest court.
He said women who had abortions should be punished, later retracting the statement and saying that doctors who perform abortions should be punished.
Bland said plans for the march kicked off just two days after Trump unexpectedly won the U.S. presidential election and is being organized state by state.
“A lot of women got up the second day with the same idea” for a march on Washington, and they coordinated on social media, she said.
“We need to be working together in a coherent, supportive way over the next four years, to activate more women into leadership positions, to be more politically active,” Bland said. “We cannot allow ourselves to give up, put our heads down and not hold this administration accountable for any violation of human rights or women’s rights.”
“We have a huge groundswell of women, this is growing faster than anyone expected.” said Fontaine Pearson, 54, a coordinator in Memphis, Tennessee.
The march is planned for Jan. 21, 2017, the day after Trump is to be sworn into office, at Washington, D.C.’s Lincoln Memorial.
The Lincoln Memorial was the site of the famed civil rights march in 1963, when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.
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