- President Trump weighed in on the Women’s Marches across the country on Saturday afternoon with a tweet
- Marches are underway in New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Chicago and Philadelphia
- Stars Jane Fonda, Whoopi Goldberg, Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman spoke at the various events
- More are being held in other parts of the country and overseas to mark a year since last year’s mass protests
- They coincide with a government shutdown and with President Trump’s one year anniversary in office
- The marches also take on the momentum of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements against sexual misconduct
- They are not expected to draw the same numbers as last year’s demonstrations which drew millions
- In Washington DC, liberal marchers were confronted with anti-abortionists who held up signs of dead fetuses
President Trump ignored the complaints against him and said this of the Women’s Marches on Saturday
President Trump has weighed in on the Women’s March with a tweet that is certain to rile the tens of thousands of fired-up protesters marching against him across the country.
As processions of pink, ‘pussy’ hats and illustrations asking for him to be impeached made their way through the nation’s many cities, Trump ignored their complaints about him and said: ‘Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March.
‘Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months.
‘Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!’
The marches mark a year since the first march and coincide with President Trump’s one year anniversary in office.
This year, the marches also take on the momentum of the Me Too and Time’s Up movements against sexual misconduct which were sparked with allegations against Hollywood heavyweights last year.
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People participate in the Second Annual Women’s March in Washington DC, on January 20, 2018. It coincides with the government shutdown
Washington DC: There were calls for impeachment at the Lincoln Memorial where some protesters descended
Philadelphia: Thousands were in the street in central Philadelphia on Saturday for the march, their pink signs visible for miles
They also coincide with a government shutdown.
The marches were well underway by the time the president chimed in. His remarks angered many and sent others into despair.
‘You just don’t get it, do you?’ was the reply of one exasperated critic.
Many questioned whether the president himself actually wrote the tweet.
‘One thing about this tweet is that it absolutely wasn’t written by Trump (vocabulary and phrasing different) so someone else is using his account purely to troll,’ said one critic.
On Saturday, Trump was stuck in Washington DC, grounded by the overnight government shutdown, and unable to fly to Mar-a-Lago to attend a celebratory anniversary party to which tickets were sold at $100,000 each.
Sources inside the White House said he was ‘upset’ he would likely miss the event which he was referring to as ‘my party’, according to The Daily Beast.
Some 250 cities across the world were planning to play host to some form of Women’s March on Saturday.
Washington DC: Protesters at Lincoln Memorial on Saturday with signs denouncing the president as a ‘narcissist’
Washington DC: Among the protest signs were unflattering illustrations depicting Trump as Putin’s baby
Washington DC: The president ignored the thousands of signs such as these and encouraged his fans to ‘get out’ and ‘celebrate’ all the good he has done for the country
Washington DC: In Washington DC, a women holds up her protest sign which poked fun at the president’s hair
Washington DC: One of the thousands of protest signs in Washington DC on Saturday afternoon
Washington DC: A female protester takes a seat at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool with her sign
Washington DC: Liberal young women were confronted with anti-abortionists at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday
Washington DC: A man in a ‘pussy’ hat takes a break and surveys the crowds while holding up an ‘impeach’ sign with the White House insignia on it
Washington DC: Protesters praised special prosecutor Robert Mueller and repeated calls of the Times Up movement
Washington DC: Protesters at the Lincoln Memorial stood behind plastic fencing with signs condemning the president
New York City: Tens of thousands of protesters gathered near Central Park for the Manhattan march. The group’s Facebook page suggested that as many as 80,000 planned to attend
New York City: Protesters in Manhattan held up graphic illustrations including one which showed Trump being groped by the Statue of Liberty
In Los Angeles, actress Scarlett Johansson wore a Time’s Up t-shirt to give her speech. Yoko Ono, the former wife of late Beatle John Lennon, invoked his anthemic song Imagine in her sign
Pregnant Eva Longoria watched on with Constance Wu as Natalie Portman spoke at the Los Angeles event
Stars including Jane Fonda and Padma Lakshmi spoke at a rally in Park City, Utah, where many actors are gathered for the Sundance Film Festival
Whoopi Goldberg spoke in New York City and celebrity attorney Gloria Allred attended the rally in Park City. She is in Utah to celebrate a forthcoming Netflix documentary about her
Many of the protests were directed towards Trump’s immigration policies and his plans for DACA which shut down the government on Friday night when Democrats refused to move forward with talks.
In Rome, Asia Argento led a group of marchers through the city. Argento was the first woman to go on the record to accuse the disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of rape in October.
Countless women followed with claims against the 65-year-old.
‘People were pretty damn mad last year and they’re pretty damn mad this year,’ said Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March board.
Like last year, thousands of marchers donned pink knit ‘pussy hats’, which were created last year after the president’s infamous ‘grab them by the p***y’ hot mic remark was made public.
They became a symbol for the disdain thousands of women carried and still harbor against the president.
At Saturday’s marches, celebrities acted as guest speakers, particularly in Park City, Utah, where many are attending the Sundance Film Festival.
Jane Fonda spoke at the event and was joined by Miley Cyrus, the rapper Common and a host of other stars.
New York City: A crowd of pink hats and signs near Central Park on Saturday morning as the march got underway
New York City: Many of the signs and chants were geared towards the 2018 midterm elections when more female candidates are standing than ever before
New York City: Some of the protesters poked fun at Trump and his comments with their signs
New York City: A woman holds a sign reading ‘I am 2018’ as she marches with crowds in New York City on Saturday
New York City: In Manhattan, glamorous protesters held signs calling for an Oprah Winfrey presidency in 2020 after the television legend’s recent speech at the Golden Globes
New York City: A woman in Manhattan holds a ‘resisting b**** face’ sign as she marches with fellow protesters
Whoopi Goldberg joined led the stars in New York City. She was joined at the march by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio.
Among those in Saturday’s crowds elsewhere in the country were thousands who attended last year’s marches.
In Los Angeles, Scarlett Johansson addressed the crowds.
Fourteen-year-old Tanaquil Eltson marched with her mother in Washington DC.
She said: ‘We went to the first women’s march, but we feel like our work isn’t done and that there’s so much more that we need to fix.
New York City: Women stood patiently behind barricades along Central Park West in the mid-morning
New York City: Crowds descended on Central Park West in New York City for the march on Saturday morning. Mercifully, it was a warmer in the city than it has been for weeks
New York City: Protesters arrive at Columbus Circle in midtown Manhattan to begin the march on Saturday
New York City: People take part in the Women’s March in Manhattan in New York City, New York, on January 20, 2018
The biggest marches are expected on Saturday in Washington and New York, with 10,000 and 37,000 people signed up on their respective Facebook pages.
Bu the number of participants is likely to fall well short of the estimated 5 million who marched on Jan. 21. 2017 and made that one of the largest mass protests in U.S. history.
Despite the more modest expectations this year, organizers hope to build on the raw energy felt by Trump opponents immediately after his surprise election victory and channel it into gains for progressive candidates in November’s midterm elections, using the theme ‘Power to the Polls.’
Specifically, organizers want to register a million new voters and get more strong advocates for women’s rights into office.
Activists say Trump’s policies rolling back birth control and equal pay protections have propelled many women into activism for the first time.
A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the marches.
Philadelphia: protesters held signs calling for the end of nuclear warfare and for Trump to be impeached
Philadelphia: Oscar Janicki, six, holds a sign reading ‘I’m With Her’ as is carried through the crowds on an adult’s shoulders
Philadelphia: Women give out pink hats on January 20, 2018, the second women’s march
Some critics said this year’s march lacked a focus. Targeting an issue such as immigration would have greater impact, said Shikha Dalmia, a senior analyst at the Reason Foundation, a libertarian think tank.
‘Beating the feminist drum just seems to me beside the point. Maybe they are trying to cast as wide a net as possible,’ Dalmia said by telephone.
The marches will be followed by more events on Sunday, including in Las Vegas, which was chosen by organizers to honor the city where the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history took place last August.
Nevada is also a key battleground state in the 2018 midterm elections.
The voter registration campaign will target swing states held by Republicans, such as Nevada, and in districts considered a toss-up ahead of November’s midterm elections.
In Rome, Harvey Weinstein accuser Asia Argento led marchers through the city. She was one of the first to speak out against Weinstein