Thousands in the US rally against Donald Trump during nationwide Women's March

Marchers also paid tribute to late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and protested Mr Trump's choice of judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace her.

EDS NOTE: OBSCENITY - With the U.S Capitol in the back ground demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women's March in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Demonstrators march on Pennsylvania Avenue during the Women's March in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020. Source: FR159526/AP

Thousands of protesters marched in Washington and elsewhere in the United States on Saturday to protest Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and to call for his defeat in the 3 November election.

The rallies, which organisers said were taking place in all 50 states, were inspired by the first Women's March in Washington, a huge anti-Trump rally held a day after his 2017 inauguration.

But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demonstrations Saturday were considerably smaller.

Organisers urged people worried about in-person participation to join in a "socially distant text-banking telethon" aimed at sending five million messages encouraging people to vote.

Marchers also paid tribute to late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - an icon for women and progressives - while protesting Mr Trump's choice of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace her.

The parade route in Washington started near the White House before heading to the US Capitol and then to the National Mall.

Protesters rally during the Women's March at Freedom Plaza, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Washington.
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People march during the Women's March in downtown Chicago, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020.
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Some protesters were heading afterward to the Supreme Court building, where a smaller "I'm With Her" counterprotest - in Judge Barrett's favour - was scheduled.

Most marchers in Washington wore protective masks, with some dressed as Justice Ginsburg in black robes with white lace collars, and several wore the knitted pink hats made famous by the original march.

Their signs and banners underscored the broader anti-Trump message: "Trump/Pence: Out Now," read one, while others simply said, "Dump Trump."

In New York City, around 300 people gathered at Manhattan's Washington Square, many with pink hats and signs supporting Mr Trump's Democratic opponents Joe Biden and Kamala Harris or honouring Justice Ginsburg. It was one of five separate marches in the city.

Thousands of women march across the US in anti-Donald Trump rallies

A poster with Judge Amy Coney Barrett is seen outside US Supreme Court during the Women's March in Washington on October 17, 2020.
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"It’s really important to be here and try to encourage people to vote out Trump and his misogynistic policies, especially now, with COVID, when a lot of people are isolated," said Yvonne Shackleton, a 47-year-old working mother from near Albany, about a three-hour drive from New York City.

The Women's March website, harking back to the huge turnout for the 2017 marches, said, "We need to bring that same power and determination to 17 October to cap off Trump's presidency just the way it started - with massive, women-led resistance."

Mr Trump's support from women has dropped sharply - particularly among suburban women. He now trails Mr Biden among likely women voters by 23 points, according to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll.

Published 18 October 2020 at 6:47am, updated 18 October 2020 at 7:05am
Source: AFP - SBS