The day following President Trump’s inauguration, women descended on the nation’s capital in a show of strength supporting women’s rights.
And the Women’s March on Washington is drawing some big names: performers like Demi Lovato, Beyonce, Janelle Monae and Katy Perry are expected to be at the day-long march. But in addition to the bevy of celebrities marching and performing in Washington, the demonstration has also stacked up support from some prominent politicians.
Mr. Trump’s general election opponent, Hillary Clinton, who attended the presidential inauguration Friday, sent a message of thanks to the protesters over Twitter:
Freshman Sen. Kamala Harris of California spoke passionately at the pre-march rally in Washington Saturday.
“We know that it is right for this nation to fight for women’s issues,” Harris told a swelling crowd at the National Mall. She went on to promise to defend “women’s issues” -- policy areas that Harris emphasized included economic concerns, national security, healthcare, criminal justice reform, and climate change.
“Let’s make today a beginning,” Harris said. “Let’s buckle in, because it’s going to be a bumpy ride.”
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted about attending the march in Washington, saying she was doing it to “stand up for women’s rights & civil rights”:
Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota participated in the Washington march as well, even greeting some demonstrators from her home state wearing pink so-called “pussyhats.”
Also on the social media platform, Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California promoted similar #WomensMarch events happening in her home state and linking to a list of the “sister marches” around the world:
In Boston, progressive firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, spoke during the demonstration’s scheduled program, slamming President Trump and his campaign rhetoric about women and minorities.
Of Mr. Trump’s inauguration, Warren scathingly joked: “That sight is now burned into my eyes forever.”
She urged protesters to use the Trump presidency as fuel for their fiery protest actions.
“We will not forget. We do not want to forget. We will use that vision to make sure that we fight harder, that we fight tougher and we fight more passionately than ever,” Warren declared. “I’m here to fight back!”
In St. Louis, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat and top Clinton supporter during the campaign, was spotted marching:
At least a couple male Senate colleagues showed his support for the women’s march: Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey was seen in the crowd Saturday.
And Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, Clinton’s former running mate for the White House, tweeted his own encouraging message, declaring himself a “strong man proud to stand behind strong women”:
One Obama administration official, former Secretary of State John Kerry, took advantage of his first day off by joining the march: