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Washington flooded with Women's March protesters ahead of Barrett confirmation vote

The Hill logo The Hill 10/17/2020 Marina Pitofsky and Kaelan Deese
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Women's March protestors flooded the streets in Washington, D.C., on Saturday to demonstrate against the Trump administration and its decision to appoint Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Saturday's march is a separate series of localized protests organized by the Women's March, which gathered this year in January. The annual demonstration began in Washington and around the country following Trump's inauguration in 2017.

Around 11 a.m. local time Saturday, several hundred people assembled at Freedom Plaza before a noon rally. Rallygoers in Washington, D.C., were required to wear a mask or face covering and practice social distancing amid the pandemic. In addition several events to commemorate the demonstrations were also held virtually.

Speakers and participants at the rally urged women to vote and call members of Congress to suspend the Supreme Court confirmation process, the Washington Post reported.

Protesters gathered throughout the day in the nation's capitol bringing signs and costumes.

A group of approximately a dozen women dressed in red dresses and white bonnets attended the protest. Their garb mirrors Margaret Atwood's dystopian classic "The Handmaid's Tale" and the women protested with signs hanging from their necks with the words "Trump Pence OUT NOW!"

Washington Post reporter Rebecca Tan shared photos of two smaller rallygoers, 7-year-old twins Harriet and Myles, who attended the march in Washington, D.C., dressed as the late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and longtime Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.).

Ginsburg died last month after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Following her death, Trump announced that he would move to fill the seat vacated by the liberal justice on the Supreme Court. The decision has outraged Democrats who argue that the next justice should be chosen by whoever wins the Nov. 3 election.

Barrett, Trump's nominee, would give the court a 6-3 conservative super majority. Democrats worry that with Barrett's appointment, Republicans will be able to overturn Roe v. Wade, a decision that has become a focal point during this election cycle.

A smaller rally of conservative women's activists gathered Saturday afternoon at the Supreme Court to support Barrett's potential appointment.

The Post reported counter protesters and supporters of Barrett's nomination outside the court held anti-abortion posters and yelled, "Pro-life is pro woman! Abortion betrays women."

Pro-choice demonstrators chanted, "You're a traitor!" and "My body, my choice."

Other women were also seen honoring Ginsburg, NBC4 reporter Megan McGrath shared.

Other large Women's March gatherings happened across the country in cities including Houston, Chicago, San Diego. In New York City's Washington Square Park, demonstrators held signs and marched to Wall Street to raise awareness for women's rights and equality.

The Women's March, which first materialized in January 2017 and united women in cities across the country, has gradually decreased in popularity due to controversies within the women-led organization. The annual march has also declined in attendance in Washington, D.C., New York City and elsewhere.

Following Saturday's marches, the Women's March organization shared that "Today, we showed the nation what the power of everyday women looks like. From Palmer, AK to Bemidji, MN to Wilmington, NC, to the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.-when we come together, take to the streets, and turn out to vote, women are the most powerful political force in America."

Today, we showed the nation what the power of everyday women looks like. From Palmer, AK to Bemidji, MN to Wilmington, NC, to the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.-when we come together, take to the streets, and turn out to vote, women are the most powerful political force in America. And there's nothing Donald Trump can do about it. Now, let's take our movement over the finish line and vote him out. #CountOnUs (: @kishabari)

Today, we showed the nation what the power of everyday women looks like. From Palmer, AK to Bemidji, MN to Wilmington, NC, to the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.-when we come together, take to the streets, and turn out to vote, women are the most powerful political force in America. And there's nothing Donald Trump can do about it. Now, let's take our movement over the finish line and vote him out. #CountOnUs (: @kishabari) A post shared by Women's March (@womensmarch) on Oct 17, 2020 at 3:15pm PDT

The group also shared on Instagram that demonstrators participated in over 425 in-person and virtual marches across the U.S.

There's still time to join us. Today, we're coming together everywhere to finish what we started 3 years ago. No matter where you are, march with us to shift our future. There are over 425 socially distanced in-person and virtual marches. Find one at the link in our bio. #CountOnUs

There's still time to join us. Today, we're coming together everywhere to finish what we started 3 years ago. No matter where you are, march with us to shift our future. There are over 425 socially distanced in-person and virtual marches. Find one at the link in our bio. #CountOnUs A post shared by Women's March (@womensmarch) on Oct 17, 2020 at 7:29am PDT

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