Anti-Trump women’s rallies draw thousands Oct 18, 2020 0 188 12345 AFP WashingtonThousands of protesters marched in Washington and elsewhere in the United States on Saturday to protest Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee and to call for his defeat in the November 3 election. The rallies, which organizers said were taking place in all 50 states, were inspired by the first Women’s March in Washington, a huge anti-Trump rally held a day after his 2017 inauguration.But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the demonstrations Saturday were considerably smaller.Organizers urged people worried about in-person participation to join in a “socially distant text-banking telethon” aimed at sending five million messages encouraging people to vote.Marchers also paid tribute to late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- an icon for women and progressives -- while protesting Trump’s choice of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace her. The parade route in Washington started near the White House before heading to the US Capitol and then to the National Mall.Some protesters were heading afterward to the Supreme Court building, where a smaller “I’m With Her” counterprotest -- in Barrett’s favor -- was scheduled.Most marchers in Washington wore protective masks, with some dressed as Ginsburg in black robes with white lace collars, and several wore the knitted pink hats made famous by the original march.Their signs and banners underscored the broader anti-Trump message: “Trump/Pence: Out Now,” read one, while others simply said, “Dump Trump.” In New York City, around 300 people gathered at Manhattan’s Washington Square, many with pink hats and signs supporting Trump’s Democratic opponents Joe Biden and Kamala Harris or honoring Ginsburg. It was one of five separate marches in the city.“It’s really important to be here and try to encourage people to vote out Trump and his misogynistic policies, especially now, with Covid, when a lot of people are isolated,” said Yvonne Shackleton, a 47-year-old working mother from near Albany, about a three-hour drive from New York City.The Women’s March website, harking back to the huge turnout for the 2017 marches, said, “We need to bring that same power and determination to October 17 to cap off Trump’s presidency just the way it started -- with massive, women-led resistance.” Trump’s support from women has dropped sharply -- particularly among suburban women. He now trails Biden among likely women voters by 23 points, according to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll.bbk-lbc/mjs Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES PM Ardern wins landslide in New Zealand’s ‘Covid election’ Oct 18, 2020 0 375 Britain’s Johnson under increasing pressure for national lockdown Oct 18, 2020 0 33 Trump stumps in Florida, Georgia, countering signs of Democratic surge Oct 18, 2020 0 28 Paris under curfew as Europe battles soaring virus caseload Paris: Millions of Europeans faced tough new coronavirus restrictions Saturday as governments stepped up efforts to slow the surge in infections, after the World Health Organization reported a “very concerning” .. Beheaded France teacher had been target of threats AFP Conflans-Sainte-Honorine A history teacher beheaded in a Paris suburb on Friday had been the target of online threats for showing pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) in class, France’s anti-terror .. Austrian foreign minister tests positive for coronavirus Vienna - Austria’s chief diplomat, Alexander Schallenberg, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his spokeswoman said on Saturday. The 51-year-old foreign minister is quarantining at home but does not have .. US shoots down Putin proposal for one-year New START extension AFP Moscow Russia and the United States on Friday were at a new impasse over the last major nuclear arms reduction accord, with the United States calling President Vladimir Putin’s proposal for an unconditional one-year .. As US battles COVID-19, flu shot misinformation spreads AFP Washington US health officials are pushing Americans to get vaccinated against the flu to help prevent hospitals already busy battling COVID-19 from being overwhelmed this winter, but false claims are threatening ..