An early-afternoon tweet from President Trump hailing the nationwide Women’s March gatherings drew groans and guffaws from marchers in Washington who saw it pop up on their phones.
On Twitter, the president called it a “perfect day for all Women to March,” seeming to imply that those taking part were celebrating his administration’s accomplishments.
“Well, we’ll celebrate when…” said an elegant gray-haired woman, before expressing an unprintable wish for Trump’s departure from the scene.
Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!
Malika Dawson, 23, woke up before dawn Saturday, strapped her 1-year-old baby to her front side and boarded a train in Pasadena. By 7 a.m., Dawson and her daughter, Khlo, had arrived in downtown Los Angeles for the march.
“I want to bring my daughter to as many events like this throughout her lifetime,” Dawson said as her daughter stared at a group of people chanting nearby. “Hopefully, it’s not necessary in the future to still protest for women’s rights, but I want her to know she can stand up and take action.
“To see all these people who want equality just like me, it gives me hope for my daughter in the future,” she added.
Harris was scheduled to address marchers in front of City Hall around 11:15 a.m. Saturday. She also canceled a planned speech at an annual breakfast held by labor unions honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
As a government shutdown continued in the nation’s capital, in part because of disagreement over how to handle the fates of young people brought to the country illegally as children, Gary Garcia, 55, held a sign in downtown Los Angeles supporting them.
“Dreamers must stay in the country they know,” the sign read, “the United States of America!”
The Marshall High School principal said he came to support his wife and women’s issues but said many of his students are DACA recipients and “they’re really stressed out.”
Scarlett Cunningham-Young, 11, stood next to eight of her friends and their families, holding a sign with a quote by activist Malala Yousafzai. It was her second year attending the Women’s March, and she said she felt inspired being around the thousands of other marchers.
“I hope that this country wakes up and realizes that women and girls have voices too,” she said.
Her mother, Shea Cunningham, 46, said she marched in Washington, D.C., last year because she was so outraged over Donald Trump’s election.
More than 4,500 people marched through downtown Dallas, some nervous, remembering an attack by a sniper during a Black Lives Matter protest two years ago that killed five police and injured about a dozen others.
Police officers guarded the route, which was mostly peaceful, with a few marchers exchanging words with anti-abortion protesters who had gathered for another march nearby.
Many who came for the Women's March said they felt the need to show up to demonstrate that Texas, a historically red state, is rapidly diversifying, especially in its largest cities.
In New York, crowds were backed up for dozens of blocks leading to the rally site on the edge of Central Park. Marchers wearing the "pussy hats" of 2017 in all colors and sashes with the words #MeToo and #TimesUp were at a standstill on side streets where pink "No Parking" police signs on barricades blocked off sidewalks.
Doormen in tony Upper West Side apartment buildings looked on and engaged in friendly banter with marchers. A group of young women sang "We Shall Not Be Moved," while others signed up new voters.
As they did last year, New Yorkers proudly displayed original signs. Deborah Seidman, 58, created a design in the shape of a woman's body with the words "MeToo" and a raised fist in the center. Another marcher had a sign that read "I'm with her," with arrows pointing in every direction.