Thousands of demonstrators have taken part in a protest march against what was dubbed as US President Donald Trump’s anti-woman agenda in the major midwestern city of Chicago, further voicing their resolve to vote Republicans out of control from both chambers of Congress in the upcoming midterm elections.
Trump was depicted in the massive rally on Saturday as “El Diablo” (meaning “the devil” in Spanish) on a high-flying flag while a giant “Baby Trump” flew over the crowd of protesters in the march, also aimed at encouraging people to vote the rival Democratic Party candidates.
The protesters further expressed their rage over the Republican-controlled Senate confirmation of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Bret Kavanaugh despite numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against him by several women, including a powerful testimony against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
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The huge rally was also referred to as a “March to the Polls” event, taking place just as voter registration deadlines approached in most US states and early voting ramped up in more than a dozen states, including the local state of Illinois.
Women gather for a rally and march at Grant Park on October 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by AFP)
"We wanted to lead into the midterms and encourage women to get out and vote," said the head of Women’s March Chicago and organizer of the rally, Jessica Scheller, as quoted in an AFP report.
"It is infuriating to women to watch that display that we watched in that Senate committee hearing, and to see that that man was still confirmed," she further underlined, referring to Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the life-time appointment on the Supreme Court.
A young girl listens as women gather for a rally and march at Grant Park on October 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by AFP)
All but one Senate Republican voted to confirm Kavanaugh. All but one Democrat voted against him.
"Women are angry. And we're starting to feel comfortable being angry," Scheller emphasized.
Previous women's protests have included plenty of anti-Trump rhetoric. Protest rallies back in January shut down streets in dozens of cities across the US, including Chicago, where hundreds of thousands participated.
A woman gestures at a protest rally and march in Chicago on October 13, 2018. (Photo by AFP)
Anti-Trump protest marches were also scheduled for later this month in other US states, including the Republican strongholds of Texas, Georgia and South Carolina.
Republicans currently control the White House and both chambers of US Congress, but many in the right-wing party fear that anti-Trump voters will defeat the president's congressional supporters in the November elections, when Democrats are expected to win over control of the House of Representative and possibly the Senate.