Second Women's March of 2020 took place in Washington on Saturday

Women's March events in NYC, across U.S. protest Supreme Court nomination

Thousands of mostly young women in masks rallied Saturday in the nation's capital and other USA cities, exhorting voters to oppose President Donald Trump and his fellow Republican candidates in the November 3 elections.

Saturday's event still a far cry from the 2017 Women's March on Washington, which may have been the largest single-day protest in USA history.

Rachel O'Leary Carmona, executive director of the Women's March, opened the event by asking people to keep their distance from one another, saying that the only super-spreader event would be the recent one at the White House. "Trump's presidency began with women taking to the streets, and that's how it's going to end".

Trump nominated Barrett last month following the death of the late justice, and her confirmation hearings took place this past week.

Barrett has made no secret of her strong Catholic beliefs, raising concerns that a Supreme Court dominated by conservatives could overturn abortion rights if she is confirmed by the Senate. "Fight like a girl", said another.

Trump and his fellow Republicans are seeking to fast-track her nomination before the election, a process that began this week and which has drawn sharp controversy.

James Carson of White Bear Lake, a rally participant, called Barrett "one of the brightest legal minds of the 21st century ... at least as qualified as Ruth Bader Ginsburg", the late justice whose seat Barrett would fill.

Protesters - including some dressed as characters from popular television series The Handmaid's Tale, based on a book by Margaret Atwood - marched towards the US Supreme Court.

In front of the Supreme Court, according to a report by the Washington Post, there were violent and emotional arguments between the demonstrators and anti-abortionists, who put up pictures of aborted fetuses on posters.

The first one was organized in January.

"It's really important to be here and try to encourage people to vote out Trump and his misogynistic policies, especially now, with COVID, when a lot of people are isolated", said Yvonne Shackleton, a 47-year-old working mother from near Albany, about a three-hour drive from New York City.

"We Dissent", said a cardboard sign carried by a young woman wearing a red mask with small portraits of Justice Ginsburg.

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