Pussy Grabs Back! Huge Women’s Marches Across the U.S. Steal Trump’s Spotlight on Day One

Get Ready for Much More Excitement from a Thin-Skinned Administration in Possession of Alternative Facts

An enormous Women’s March on Washington, D.C. Saturday, January 21, 2017 – President Donald J. Trump’s first full day in office – managed to steal the spotlight from the reality television star, now the executive of the wealthiest, most powerful nation on the planet.

The peaceful, multiethnic, multigenerational gathering and its sister marches around the world stood in stark contrast to the predominantly white & exceedingly gloomy affairs held for the Trump Inaugural in the nation’s capital one day before.

Stealing that spotlight was no easy task, as Trump stirred up a ruckus at the CIA early in the day, and later unleashed a combative Press Secretary to host what may have been the most memorable first press briefing in living memory.

It was a remarkable Day One.

The size and nature of the crowds, and the enthusiasm and hopefulness represented amongst the people marching should provide much inspiration to those who have been disheartened, alarmed, and angered by the incoming Trump Administration. Marchers were animated, passionate, nonviolent and excited about the turnouts, the camaraderie and the possibilities of what it all could mean.

“Organizers and city officials were expecting around 200,000 protesters in Washington on Saturday for the Women’s March on Washington,” according to Slate. It’s now estimated that well over 500,000 people descended upon the nation’s capital for the event, with an estimated three to five million more people marching around the world, according to organizers.

USA Today put the worldwide number of marchers at 2.6 million, a number which appears to lack credibility upon closer inspection, and may reflect less a thorough analysis of the numbers than the need to reach an early morning deadline east coast time.

Pussy Grabs Back march in San Francisco, January 21, 2017. Photo courtesy of Kat Fisher.

The Associated Press and ABC News inexplicably put the number at “more than 1 million people” around the world – which defies credulity even if the lowest estimates of the west coast marches were accurate. Some still conceivable estimates of the Washington, D.C. march alone put its possible numbers at closer to a million.

President Trump on Saturday visited the CIA for a speech which former CIA Director John Brennan has said left him “deeply saddened and angered at Trump’s despicable display of self-aggrandizement.”

Trump congratulated himself by tweet for the CIA visit, describing it as “a win.”

Subsequently new White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer gave his first press briefing, a remarkable affair in which he took no questions, but did take the media to task for, among other complaints, “deliberately false reporting” by undercounting the size of the crowds at the Trump inaugural festivities in Washington, D.C.

Attempting to rewrite history for future generations as it was occurring, Spicer aggressively stated with emphasis that “this was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration — period — both in person and around the globe.” 

That statement directly contradicted anecdotal, photographic and transit data from an exceptionally broad array of sources.

The combative, agitated Spicer continued with what may well be a threat worth taking seriously, coming as it does from the Press Secretary of a President whose driving force, according to journalist and Trump watchdog David Cay Johnston, is revenge:

There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable. And I’m here to tell you that it goes two ways. We’re going to hold the press accountable, as well.

 

View Sean Spicer’s briefing below, and more march coverage from Mother Jones and The Real News Network.

 

Other U.S. marches drew enormous crowds as well.

New York City – 400,000

Los Angeles – 500-750,000

Oakland – 60,000

Boston – 175,000

Atlanta – 60,000

San Francisco – 100,000

Chicago – 150,000

Phoenix – 20,000

 

Millions Around the World March in Solidarity with Women’s March on Washington

Published by The Real News Network on Jan 21, 2017
On Saturday, a record number of people in cities like New York, London, Sydney and Tokyo poured into the streets to support issues ranging from gender equality to living wages to LGBT rights

 

 

Women’s Protest Against Trump Goes Global

Published by The Real News Network on Jan 21, 2017
From Washington,DC, To London, England and Nairobi Kenya, hundreds of thousands of women and their supporters are taking to the streets to oppose the presidency of Donald Trump.

 

Mother Jones asked women what they pledged to do over the next four years.

#MyPledge: Women Speak Out Against Trump

The Radical Possibility of the Women’s March by Jia Tolentino at the New Yorker.

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