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Lee writes: "President Donald Trump really likes to marvel at the size of the crowds at his events as a way to show himself support. He has said that there would be an 'unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout' at his inauguration."

Gloria Steinem, center right, greets protesters at the barricades before speaking at the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, January 21, 2017. (photo: John Minchillo/AP)
Gloria Steinem, center right, greets protesters at the barricades before speaking at the Women's March on Washington during the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, January 21, 2017. (photo: John Minchillo/AP)

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Solidarity With Women's March on Washington

The Women's March Is Double the Size of Trump's Inauguration

By Esther Yu Hsi Lee, ThinkProgress

21 January 17


Approximately 250,000 people went to the inauguration. And 500,000 went to the anti-inauguration protest.

resident Donald Trump really likes to marvel at the size of the crowds at his events as a way to show himself support. He has said that there would be an “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout” at his inauguration.

That didn’t happen.

Instead, his inauguration events were relatively sparsely attended, especially in comparison to former President Barack Obama’s first inauguration in 2009. About 250,000 people showed up to support Trump, according to crowd count estimates.

Early projections say that twice as many people showed up to protest Trump at Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. An estimated 500,000 people attended the rally on the day after Trump’s inauguration.

On Friday, NBC’s Katy Tur recorded a video along Trump’s inauguration parade route that appeared to show empty stands.

In comparison, organizers for Saturday’s protest event requested 1,000 more bus permits than were needed for Trump’s inauguration event. Some people pointed out that the line to get to the march on the National Mall goes on “for blocks.”

Public transportation hubs were also crowded with protesters. D.C. Metro said that 275,000 had ridden the system as of 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. That’s 82,000 more people than had taken the system by the same time the day before, in advance of Trump’s inauguration.

And Washington, D.C. wasn’t the only place to see anti-Trump protests. People in more than 30 other countries marched in solidarity with the Women’s March on Saturday. your social media marketing partner


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+50 # ER444 2017-01-21 16:01
The Trump Presidency is doomed. Come on free press, take this clown down.
-28 # savagem13 2017-01-21 18:52
LOL. I don't think so.
-3 # Texas Aggie 2017-01-22 17:07
They've been kissing his butt so far. Why expect them to change?
+3 # CDMR 2017-01-22 08:12
What free press? There's a powerful alternative press on the web, but it mostly communicates to the already converted. RSN isn't even free. It censors comments.

At its very best, the press is only reactive and possible a mirror. It is the working class who need to drive history. Angela Davis said it well yesterday -- you are all the agents of history. If we are lucky the "press" will notice and report it.
0 # HowardMH 2017-01-22 14:45
The only real free press "as far as not being censored by big money backers" is
(but you will have to pay for that).
-7 # librarian1984 2017-01-21 16:04
Does anyone know why Hillary didn't speak at the Women's March?
+16 # Timshel 2017-01-21 18:19
Reportedly it was because of her crucial support of the murderous coup in Honduras in which many innocent people were killed, her Foundation taking so much money from Middle Eastern governments that oppress people, especially women, and so on.

It is very encouraging that the women's movement appears to have finally spit out the worst woman candidate in history. Perhaps now there will be more support by all Democrats for Nina Turner, Tulsi Gabbard and/or Elizabeth Warren who, unlike Clinton, really are progressives.
+3 # HowardMH 2017-01-22 14:50
Glad she is gone and good riddance. Her actions just show you how weak she really is and totally bought and paid for just like most of the politicians.

Go Elizabeth Go and I hope she runs for president in 2020.
+36 # CDMR 2017-01-21 18:35
Yes, indeed. It was very big and I heard on the news that there were about 600 sister demonstration around the world. This is the populism that answers the white male populism that brought Trump to the white House. Right wing populism is sweeping the west -- Le Pen, Wilders, Farrage, and more. Now the democratic (small "d") populism needs to show that it is more powerful and more numerous than the right wingers. There is some common interest among these groups.

I just worry that the women's march today will go the way of Occupy Wall Street. It needs to formulate concrete political demand and plans of action. The main plan is to begin to elect politicians at the local, state, and national level. There needs to be caucus in the House to counter the Tea Party's Freedom Caucus. First of all, it needs a name. A movement needs a name and a brand. That's how it works nowadays.
+11 # Cassandra2012 2017-01-22 00:58
Yes I was at the enormous march in Chicago with members of our women's choir, Le Cantanti. It went on forBlocks & blocks in every direction gathering marchers starting at 9 am near the Art Institute & burgeoning into a gigantic mass of women. children & men marching, chanting singing & shouting for over 2 miles. Wonderful, inventive signs & a sense of real camaraderie among the genders, diverse
backgrounds, etc.
There were at LEAST 150,000+ people there (the official MSM count) but it looked closer to 400,000! & of course little to no coverage
by local TV!
+8 # suziemama 2017-01-21 23:33
130,000 protesters participated in the Women's March here in Seattle (according to King 5 News.) The protesters filled up the street solid for 3 miles. It took 5 hours for all the protesters to exit the initial rally site and join the march, it was so jam-packed.
+9 # elizabethblock 2017-01-21 23:36
In Toronto: 60-70,000 people. Extraordinary for Toronto!
+5 # candida 2017-01-22 00:54
Thank you for this article! I marched today with thousands in my city. It was encouraging even though I have felt and still feel heaviness in my heart since Nov. 8. It is encouraging to know millions turned out today in solidarity with each other and human kind and thousands more in 60 other cities in the world. We need to keep organizing and keep turning out for street and other kinds of actions. As for a name and a brand, how about the World Movement for a People's Democracy?
+5 # sharag 2017-01-22 01:15
For a man with little hands, little ideas and a .., well, this must be a cringing blow. He must be reminded everyday that he serves the people, and that his hateful rhetoric will not prevail.
+8 # bardphile 2017-01-22 03:02
"I heard on the news that there were about 600 sister demonstration around the world..." I don't doubt it. There was even one in South Pasadena yesterday--stan ding room only on the gold line. Smiling women carrying signs everywhere you looked. And no hint of violence or destruction, as far as I know. Thank you, ladies, for yesterday.
+4 # Femihumanist 2017-01-22 09:43
I have been chanting "The People United will never be Defeated" for over 50 years. The problem is we always have been/are divided in that the majority of people only come to rallies that reflect their own personal interests. They don't see the connections between all the issues.

This was true of yesterday's rally as well. Many of us were there for Women's specific issues as well as environmental, anti-war, income equality, ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine, universal healthcare, Native American Rights,
Black Lives Matter, etc. Many of the women we spoke to only really cared about reproductive choice.

Until we somehow make people see that we can't separate issues, they are all interconnected, we won't end this insanity.

Think of a Trump presidency as America having hit rock bottom. We won't be able to pull ourselves up until we unify instead dividing along interest lies.

That goes for the divisions among people on this site; calling each other names over relatively small divisions in opinion. Sometimes I feel that this is as sick as the country.
+1 # bardphile 2017-01-22 18:46
Yes. It's a truism worth remembering that the bitterest, deadliest rivalries are often between similar groups--splinte rs from the same large branch. Protestant v Catholic, Sunni v Shiite, "never Hillary" v "never Trump." We absolutely need to unify along interest lines. Reality check: In a large diverse society, that will entail compromise.
0 # librarian1984 2017-01-23 07:39
There were tens of thousands in Philadelphia with no violence reported.

I understand what you're saying about things being interconnected, but I get annoyed when liberals have a demonstration about one thing, say anti-war, and there are signs for twenty others issues. I think it dilutes the message and it happens every time -- though I think this weekend was appropriately mixed message.

I think it was a great weekend for feminism, for solidarity and for networking.

I agree about the name calling here though there are only a few posters who do it. The vast majority are respectful of each other, some inspirationally so .. you among them.
+6 # nancyw 2017-01-22 11:14
Even in pouring rain San Francisco's march was mighty, energetic, high spirited and well over 100,000. We filled the civic center and the march went on for miles. Tho the march started at 5pm, it took over an hour for many to move from the civic center to Market Street to join the march. Our city hall was lit pink as well as others. It was amazing and filled with kindnesses. We witnessed only one violent act on the way home. An ambulance was trying to pass and a group of young people - not part of the march - were just standing in the street without moving out of the way. Two of us said to please move out of the way and one of the young men , the bully, the alpha, turned and got right up in a young woman's face and told her to shut the f--- up and hit her in the face. Her glasses flew and her brow was cut and bleeding. Our group said 'cool it' and he threatened us as well. Many went up to her to help. Our kindnesses were immediate. We will not allow bullies to scare us away. Trump nor the common coward bullies around us.
+2 # Texas Aggie 2017-01-22 17:10
there would be an “unbelievable, perhaps record-setting turnout” at his inauguration.

That didn’t happen.

Yeah, it did. Just not the way he expected. The record that was set was for the fewest people attending a presidential inauguration since the invention of TV. /S

And while this article said 500,000 people in DC, other figures I've seen said twice that.
+2 # fortbuffy 2017-01-23 16:14
I marched in Austin Texas with 50,000 other friends. I will keep fighting until this monster and his friends are out of power.

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