Organizers expected hundreds of thousands, but estimates are much lower
Embroiled in controversy and losing big donors and backers, the Women’s March has attempted to keep its head above water with this year’s march. However, although Women’s March organizers anticipated hundreds of thousands to show up for their third annual march in DC, this year’s march garnered only “thousands,” according to reports.
As a frame of reference, the first Women’s March in 2017 was widely touted as the “largest single day march in U. S. history.” This year, not so much.
March for Life – hundreds of thousands, took us full hour to march to the Supreme Court.
Many said they it was largest yet.
Im at Women’s March now for counter-rally with @IWF – whole Women’s March fits in Freedom Plaza (maybe 20k?).
Looks like smallest yet.
Life is winning
— Lila Rose (@LilaGraceRose) January 19, 2019
Women from across the country were marching through the nation’s capital Saturday for the third annual Women’s March on Washington, which has been dogged by controversy in the months leading to the event.
Organizers weeks ago expected hundreds of thousands to attend — a number similar to the 2017 march the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration — but it appeared thousands had joined the march as the event got underway. A National Park Service permit issued Thursday indicated about 10,000 were expected in Washington as similar marches were planned across the country.
The 2019 march is taking place amid turmoil surrounding the national Women’s March organization, including allegations of anti-Semitism, secretive financial dealings and disputes over who gets to own and define the Women’s March. Some organizers have called for its national co-chairs to resign.
Here are some of the signs spotted at the women’s march.
These signs from today's Women's March are straight ? pic.twitter.com/1vnacVhNRQ
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) January 19, 2019
Senator and 2020 Democrat hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) is still a big fan of the Women’s March . . . in Des Moines, not DC.
Our movement is growing, not fading. It’s WOMEN who are leading the fight for our democracy. So glad to be at the Des Moines Women’s March today. pic.twitter.com/BUIwq33iVs
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) January 19, 2019
Meanwhile, at New York City’s women’s march, twitter-banned Jewish conservative Laura Loomer rushed the stage and yelled “The Women’s March hates Jews”:
— The Jewish Voice (@JewishVoice) January 19, 2019
Apparently feeling the pressure from lost sponsors, celebrity disapproval, and dwindling interest among former marchers, the Women’s March national leadership is attempting to distance itself from their own anti-Semiticism at the DC march.
Since then, the march’s national leadership has tried to quell the outrage — reaching out to the Jewish community, denouncing anti-Semitism, meeting with rabbis and unveiling a new steering committee that includes three Jewish women.
Women’s March leaders this week said they’re taking the fallout in stride. National co-chair Bob Bland said it’s part of the growing pains of building an intersectional movement.
“We unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, misogyny, and we don’t want anyone to be confused about that,” she said. “We’ve been fighting against the exact type of hate that we have been accused of, and we understand that there is a lot more work to be done before the march, during the march and after the march.”
In a symbolic gesture, Women’s March leaders Tamika Mallory and Carmen Perez helped to carry the “Jewish Women of Color” banner at the very front of the march Saturday, beside Rabbi Mira Rivera and other Jewish women singing “we will build this world with love.”
These gestures are not quelling the outrage on social media, however.
Big cheer just now when Linda Sarsour promoted the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel. The anti-Semitism is strong at today's Women's March. pic.twitter.com/E12ZfKueNX
— Joshua Robbin Marks (@JoshMarks78) January 19, 2019
Mentions of the antisemitic Women's March on @CNN since I turned it on the morning: 3
Mentions of March for Life: 0
— Jazz Shaw (@JazzShaw) January 19, 2019
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) January 19, 2019
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) January 19, 2019
“…an event that has become a toxic mess.” https://t.co/KcYcvnFN3d
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 19, 2019
And a closing question from Charlie Kirk:
If Liberals don't believe in biological gender then why do they march for women's rights?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 19, 2019
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