Thousands of women protest Barrett nomination

  • Thousands of women protest Barrett nomination

Thousands of women protest Barrett nomination

Thousands of people in masks rallied Saturday in Washington protest President Donald Trump and his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Republican-led Senate held committee confirmation hearings for Barrett this week.

More than 26 million Americans have already cast their ballots for who they want to sit in the White House for the next four years, Trump or his Democratic rival Joe Biden.

According to a statement on the Women's March website, organizers hope to "send an unmistakable message about the fierce opposition to Trump and his agenda, including his attempt to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat".

Reproductive rights activist Sonja Spoo echoed Carmona, saying "there is no choice" but to vote Trump out of office. "They are on the ropes and they know it and we are about to give the knock-out punch".

Prudence Sullivan, 49, from Lake in the Hills, Illinois, near Chicago, and her sister Kelli Padgett, 47, from Jacksonville, Florida, flew in to join what they described as an energizing and empowering event. "So this is something where I can put my money where my mouth is". "Donald Trump is leaving office, and there is no choice for him", she said.

The protests, including in Washington, were the latest in a series of rallies that began with massive women's marches the day after Mr Trump's January 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.

U.S. talk show host Bill Maher sparked a social media row on Friday night when he called Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett "nuts" on account of her Catholic faith.

"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.