Trump on Women's Marchers: 'Why Didn't These People Vote?'
President weighs in on Saturday's marches on Twitter
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2017 9:37 AM CST
Former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, center, dressed in pink, leads the women's movement at the Women's March on Austin to stand up for women's rights, Saturday, jan. 21, 2017, in Austin, Texas.   (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
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(Newser) – A day after taking issue with media reports on the size of crowds at his inauguration, President Trump addressed the size of the Women's March protests that dotted the nation Saturday. "Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly," he tweeted from his @RealDonaldTrump account (the president appears to be tweeting from both his personal account and @POTUS since taking office) Sunday morning. He later added: "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views." A look around the landscape the day after the marches:

  • There were in fact three times as many marchers in the Women's March as people attending Trump's inauguration, crowd-counting experts tell the New York Times. They put the numbers at 470,000 in the vicinity of the National Mall at 2pm on Saturday to 160,000 people in the hour before Trump was sworn in.
  • USA Today estimates that 2.5 million marched worldwide; the breakdown by city is here.
  • Those marchers were at more than 670 events, reports the Washington Post.
  • "This is actually my first protest," one DC protester says. CNN takes a look at a whole new generation of people who came out for the first time.
  • The DC protest was a joyful event, reports the Atlantic in what it calls "the counter inauguration."
More on the marches here.

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