Women's March protesters flooded the south side of Washington's National Mall on Saturday, many holding signs in opposition to President Donald Trump and his new administration.
While the Women's March has said it's not explicitly anti-Trump, many participants in the District of Columbia event expressed feelings of fear, anger and bitterness around the former businessman's 2016 election victory and campaign rhetoric.
One woman holding a "Thanks for nothing, KellyAnne" sign said she was calling senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway out "for helping Trump's campaign come to fruition and getting him elected."
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"As much as I would've liked to stay home and not do this, I just felt a moral obligation for really everyone," said Maggie Erickson of Kansas City, Mo. "I just couldn't sit down anymore and watch this."
Another woman that flew in from Pasadena, Calif., for the march said protesters are going to "fight as long as it takes" against Trump's presidency.
"Our women's rights are under an attack — and it's not just us, it's the LGBTQ, immigrants, people of color and minorities," said Lisa LaFlame. "We're just here to let Donald Trump and the GOP Congress know that we're not going to go quietly, and if he thinks that after this march we're just going to go off and go on with our lives again, he's wrong."
Some protester signs displayed messages of hope with texts including "Unity," "All of us together," and "Hear our voice." Other texts expressed a more direct opposition to the 45th president — like a sign that read, "Trolls belong under bridges in works of fiction, not in the White House," and another held my an elderly woman in a wheelchair that read "Now you've pissed off Granny."
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Cordelia Orbach, a Cleveland native and senior at Bowdoin College, said he was impressed by the "smart logic" present in protester signs that respond to the president's platform. Orbach herself was holding a sign that read "Pussy grabs back" on one side, and "Practice kindness" on the other.
Delia Petty of Connecticut put it bluntly in describing her reasoning for attending the march, saying of President Trump, "he's disgusting."
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