Thousands of Donald Trump opponents demonstrated in the United States on Saturday to protest the appointment to the Supreme Court of a conservative judge and the billionaire’s re-election.
Magistrate Amy Coney Barrett, a devout Catholic, has been nominated to replace progressive icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died September 18, and the US president is banking on the Republican majority in the Senate to validate his choice ahead of the November 3 election .
Thousands of people participated in this “Women’s March 2020”, in the 430 processions scattered from New York to Los Angeles and from Chicago to Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The protests are inspired by those that have taken place every year since 2017 and which have brought together millions of protesters.
In Washington, if the crowd was small due to the pandemic, several thousand people had joined the procession at the beginning of the afternoon which passed before the Supreme Court and the American Congress.
A group of demonstrators wore the red tunic and white bonnet from “The Scarlet Handmaid”, a novel that describes an America transformed into a patriarchal dictatorship where some women become sex slaves.
Others wore the famous white ruff and black tunic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, nicknamed “RBG”, champion of the cause of women, a judge’s hammer in hand.
“Fight like RBG”
In New York, where five different demonstrations were planned, around 300 demonstrators gathered in Washington Square, wearing pink caps or carrying posters supporting Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, or in memory of “RBG”.
A sign showed her wearing boxing gloves and the slogan “Fight like RBG”.
“It’s really important to be here and encourage people to vote against Donald Trump and his misogynist politics“Yvonne Shackleton, from Albany, the capital of New York State, told AFP. She denounced a hasty appointment of Judge Barrett and a”thoughtless political gesture“two weeks before the poll and while Joe Biden is leading the polls.
In Brooklyn, Justice Ginsburg’s hometown, the rally was attended by nearly 400 people. “This protest really wants to honor the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and oppose the nomination of her replacement after the election has already started“with the early voting, explained to AFP Lia Minkoff, the organizer of this rally.”I want people to think that we can still make a difference in these last days“, she added, while the presidential election is in 17 days.
Auditioned this week in the Senate, Amy Coney Barrett vowed to keep her faith away from her work as a judge, however refusing to explain herself on a series of hot topics, starting with the right of American women to abort which she is personally opposed.
On the contrary, it suggested that the judgment of the High Court which recognized this right in 1973 was not set in stone. Amy Coney Barrett is due to be confirmed by an Upper House vote from October 22. The temple of law would then have six conservative judges out of nine, a solid majority.