This year’s march on the anniversary of the swearing in of President Trump was pitched as encompassing the anti-sexual harassment #MeToo movement and immigration issues — both key topics for the tech industry — but most of the signs in the downtown Seattle march on Saturday took aim squarely at Trump and to a lesser extent the Republican party.
The placards shared sentiments about Trump being unfit to serve as president, many played off of his (somewhat in dispute) characterization of some African and Central American nations as “shithole countries,” while others focused on his impeachment (“It’s Mueller time” and “Mueller is coming for for you” with a giant head shot of special council Robert Mueller who is investigating his campaign’s dealings with the Russians). Another played with social media acronyms: “OMG GOP WTF?”
The Associated Press quoted Seattle Police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb as saying the crowd included tens of thousands of people and appeared similar in size to last year’s Womxn’s March, which numbered more than 100,000. The march began with a rally at Cal Anderson Park in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, stretched through the downtown shopping area and ended at Seattle Center.
In his Twitter feed, Trump himself acknowledged the marches that were held across America, but suggested that instead of being an action taken in protest to his administration, that they were an opportunity for women to “celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months.”
Seattle marchers — men and women, young and old alike — seemed to have a different take on the current state of affairs as they marched peacefully in the occasional Northwest drizzle. The pink pussy hats of last year’s march were well represented and numerous signs targeted abortion rights, which are under assault in the Trump administration. On Friday, Trump told pro-life marchers, “We are with you all the way,” as reported in the New York Times and elsewhere.
More light-hearted protests in Seattle included a sign that blamed Trump for ruining Cheetos, in reference to the president’s orange pallor, and another protester, a young, relatively-fit man, held a sign with an arrow pointing at himself that read “6’3″ and 235 pounds,” which referenced a physician’s exam last week of Trump that received an incredulous reception by some and a comparison of the president to athletes with comparable stats.