4th annual Women's March draws protesters across the country

Women's March events in NYC, across U.S. protest Supreme Court nomination

Women's March events in NYC, across U.S. protest Supreme Court nomination

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.

Demonstrators were asked to wear face coverings and practise social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The rallies ahead of the November 3 election were inspired by the first Women's March in Washington, a huge anti-Trump rally held a day after his 2017 inauguration.

Protesters - including some dressed as characters from popular television series The Handmaid's Tale, based on a book by Margaret Atwood - marched towards the US Supreme Court.

Thousands of women went to the Supreme Court in Washington DC, showing their opposition to Trump candidate Amy Coney Barrett.

Ms Barrett's confirmation would give the court a 6-3 conservative majority.

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Heard this week by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Amy Coney Barrett promised to keep her faith away from her job as a judge, while refusing to clarify a number of issues, such as the right of American women to abortion, which it opposes and which the Supreme Court recognized in 1973.

"We Dissent", said a cardboard sign carried by a young woman wearing a red mask with small portraits of the liberal Supreme Court justice whose September 18 death sparked the rush by Republicans to replace her with a conservative. "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".

Dozens of other rallies were planned from NY to San Francisco to signal opposition to Mr Trump and his policies, especially the push to fill the seat of Justice Ginsburg before election day.

Rachel O'Leary Carmona, executive director of Women's March, kicked off the rally by asking attendees to maintain their distance from one another, adding that the only "superspreader event" would be the recent one at the White House.

Several events took place in Manhattan Saturday, including one that started with a rally in Washington Square Park before participants marched to join another rally at the New York Stock Exchange. "Trump's presidency began with women taking to the streets, and that's how it's going to end". "Fight like a girl", said another.

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