A Saturday afternoon women's march to protest President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee was called off after Minnesota officials warned organizers they would need to take steps to avoid violating COVID-19 restrictions.
The rally resembled that of January 2017, when young women and gender minorities across the country gathered to protest the president's inauguration. "Fight like a girl", said another. Many protesters in Washington said they were angry because Trump's Republicans were ready to elect Barrett to the top United States justices ahead of the November 3rd presidential election. The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on Barrett's confirmation on October 22.
It was pointed out that the Republicans had refused to nominate a candidate for the Supreme Court six months before the 2016 election, Trump's Democratic predecessor Barack Obama.
James Carson of White Bear Lake, a rally participant, called Barrett "one of the brightest legal minds of the 21st century ... at least as qualified as Ruth Bader Ginsburg", the late justice whose seat Barrett would fill.
One march was held at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, outside the dormitory where Justice Ginsburg lived as an undergraduate student.
In front of the Supreme Court, according to a report by the Washington Post, there were violent and emotional arguments between the demonstrators and anti-abortionists, who put up pictures of aborted fetuses on posters.
"Women showed up in force on day 1 of Trump's presidency for the first Women's March, and now we're mobilizing to finish what we started", Rachel O'Leary Carmona, the executive director of Women's March said in a statement.
A similar number of people gathered in Brooklyn, Ginsburg's hometown, with one protester's sign reading: "Ruth Sent Us".
Next month's presidential contest was also the focus of a separate NY protest Saturday in which hundreds of demonstrators protested the killings of Black people by police officers.
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A grand jury decided last month not to charge any of the police officers involved with her death; instead, one officer was charged with shooting into a neighboring home. "Protesting is good but if we don't take it to the polls we're really not going to make the change we want and need".