WASHINGTON (AP/WJZ) — Thousands of mostly young women in masks rallied Saturday in the nation’s capital, Baltimore and other U.S. cities, exhorting voters to oppose President Donald Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the November 3 elections.

The latest of rallies that began with a massive women’s march the day after Trump’s January 2017 inauguration was playing out during the coronavirus pandemic, and demonstrators were asked to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.

Demonstrators gathered in downtown Baltimore to participate in the Women’s March.

“It is important to gather still, because even though we’ve been isolated for so long, and make sure we’re safe with our masks, but also it’s really critical that people speak out, especially in this really important time. This is the most important election in our lifetime,” Odette Ramos, of Baltimore Women United, said.

Rachel O’Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women’s March, opened the event by asking people to keep their distance from one another, saying that the only superspreader event would be the recent one at the White House.

She talked about the power of women to end Trump’s presidency.

“His presidency began with women marching and now it’s going to end with woman voting. Period,” she said.

“Vote for your daughter’s future,” read one message in the sea of signs carried by demonstrators. “Fight like a girl,” said another.

Dozens of other rallies were planned from New York to San Francisco to signal opposition to Trump and his policies, especially the push to fill the seat of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Election Day.

One march was held at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, outside the dormitory where Bader Ginsburg lived as an undergraduate student.

In New York, a demonstrator wearing a Donald Trump mask stood next to a statue of George Washington at Federal Hall during the the women’s march outside the New York Stock Exchange.

“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 Sept. 18 death sparked the rush by Republicans to replace her with a conservative.

In Washington, the demonstrators started with a rally at Freedom Plaza, then marched toward Capitol Hill, finishing in front of the Supreme Court, where they were met by a handful of anti-abortion activists.

In one of several speeches at the rally, Sonja Spoo, director of reproductive rights campaigns at Ultraviolet, said she has to chuckle when she hears reporters ask Trump whether he will accept a peaceful transfer of power if he loses his reelection bid.

“When we vote him out, come Nov. 3, there is no choice,” said Spoo. “Donald Trump will not get to choose whether he stays in power.”

“That is not his power, that is our power. … We are the hell and high water,” she said.

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CBS Baltimore Staff

Comments (2)
  1. Lottie says:

    Pro choice pro Biden

    If you think abortion is wrong, then don’t have one. If you want to force your 13 year old daughter to have her rapist’s baby, be my guest, but don’t tell other women what to do.

    Trump- wants to take away both a woman’s right to an abortion and also affordable health care for the baby??? Like that makes sense???

  2. stemarhan says:

    Wow, some Democratic women hold a Democratic political events in Democratic cities. What a news story! Who would have ever anticipated the anti-Trump activists could pull off such an astounding event?

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