President Trump tweeted that it was a "perfect day" for women to march to celebrate the "economic success and wealth creation" that's happened during his first year in office, the AP reports. But people participating in rallies and marches in the US and around the world Saturday denounced Trump's views on immigration, abortion, LGBT rights, women's rights, and more. The march in Washington DC had the feel of a political rally when US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and US Rep. Nancy Pelosi urged women to run for office and vote to oppose Trump and the Republicans' agenda. "We march, we run, we vote, we win," Pelosi said. Thousands of people turned out for the rally at the Lincoln Memorial and a march from the National Mall to Lafayette Park.
Thousands of others gathered in Cleveland; Richmond, Virginia; Philadelphia; New York; Austin, Texas; and elsewhere. "I think right now with the #MeToo movement, it's even more important to stand for our rights," said Karen Tordivo, who marched in Cleveland. In Palm Beach, home to Trump's Mar-a-Lago, several hundred people gathered carrying anti-Trump signs as they prepared to march. In Chicago, thousands of people gathered in Grant Park. Fawzia Mirza drew cheers from the crowd as she kicked off the event with a reference to the partial government shutdown, which began hours earlier. "When the government shuts down, women still march," she said. Across the globe, people hit the streets on the anniversary of Trump's inauguration, marching against his policies and in support of the #MeToo movement.