Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Thousands march in Chicago against Trump's 'anti-woman agenda'

Thousands march in Chicago against Trump's 'anti-woman agenda'

The march took place Saturday after a rally in Grant Park organized by Women's March Chicago that the group dubbed March to the Polls.

While Democrats ostensibly agreed to help the GOP ram through judges in order to allow vulnerable Democrats to return home and campaign through the November 6 midterm elections, progressives argued that Democrats are making a massive political mistake by refusing to use all of the tools at their disposal to combat the right-wing takeover of the judicial system, which will have severe ramifications for women, people of color, the planet, and the poor far into the future. Trump was depicted as "El Diablo" on a high-flying flag.

"Vote, your life depends on it!", "Every vote, every election, every account", proclaimed placards brandished by demonstrators.

Chief Justice John Roberts referred judicial misconduct complaints about newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in Colorado, the Washington Post reported Wednesday afternoon.

The protests came as early voting was under way in IL and more than a dozen other states with more to follow.

"We wanted to lead into the midterms and encourage women to get out and vote", Jessica Schiller, head of Women's March Chicago, told Agence France-Presse. By 74 percent to 61 percent, registered voters who identify as Democrats or lean toward the Democratic Party are more likely than registered voters who identify as Republicans or lean toward the GOP to say these midterm elections are more important than past ones.

The 23-year-old from the nearby Republican-dominated state of IN was the type of voter organizers were hoping to encourage to get involved.

"Women need to vote".

That increase in overall approval has not translated into similar Republican gains on the generic ballot because a record 90 percent of those who say they disapprove of the president now say they are supporting Democratic House candidates, up from 83 percent in August.

Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault but he denies the allegations.

Brett Kavanaugh rose beyond the rancor of his confirmation battle on his first day as a Supreme Court justice on October 9, asking several questions during oral arguments alongside a collegial group of fellow justices.

Republicans and Democrats in the Senate cut a deal to vote on 15 judicial nominations Thursday so the senators could return to their home states for the final stretch of the campaign.

Anti-Trump marches were scheduled later this month in other states, including the Republican strongholds of Texas, Georgia and SC. Men divide about evenly on both, while women disapprove of the confirmation by 58-35 percent and of the committee's work by 56-38 percent.

"I believe if we are fortunate enough to take back the House and or the Senate, that's when civility can start again", she said Tuesday.

Amid and immediately following the fight for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, voters were asked, "If the elections for Congress were being held today, which party's candidate would you vote for in your Congressional district?" Trump's nominee was subjected to vicious accusations that he attempted to rape a young woman while in high school, though the FBI - which is typically considered to be hostile to the President - determined that these claims were unverifiable and that there was no reason to continue their investigation into them.

Protests in January shut down streets in dozens of American cities.

Follow Chicago Sun-Times reporters Rachel Hinton and Ashlee Rezin for full Women's March coverage.

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