Uppity Women Marching Against Trump's American Carnage: Your Wonkette Livebloog
It's the day after the inauguration, the nation is still standing, and women and men are marching all over the country to send a clear message to the Hair Beast in the White House: Down With This Sort Of Thing! We'll be bringing you updates from the media and the Twitter and from our network of Wonkers as they get enough coffee in their system to post photos! And when we're not updating, we'll be here for you to chat, as you will.
10:27 There definitely seems to be a running theme in some of these signs.
10:49 Well that's some fine timing: Gloria Steinem speaking at the women's march (livestream at Vox, not embeddable, sorry!). Networks all covering the interfaith prayer service at the National Cathedral, of course.
10:55 Did we say not embeddable? We found the embed over at the Facebook page!
11:12 There is something to be said for understatement.
We should note this was posted by an InfoWars editor who is displeased himself: "It's great to see these #WomensMarch protesters know exactly what they're demonstrating against." Haw haw, stupid ladies.
11:20 A snippet from Gloria Steinem's speech:
11:30 OK, it looks like the "live" stream from the Women's March Facebook keeps skipping around to new URLs, so the hell with it. CSPAN has it, grumble grumble.
11:39 Why yes, this:
11:44 Fun sign from Nashville march:
And from Philadephia: My favorite sign that I couldn't get a picture of: "I'm not usually a sign girl but geez"
12:00 Yr Editrix is out and Tweeting in DC:
12:10 Via alert Wonkette Operative "Carpe Vagenda": An unconventional political indicator
12:25 Dominic at Chicago march says a cop just estimated crowd there at 100K. Elsewhere, at DC March on teevee, we saw a sign that said "Divesity Matters!" But the sentiment and the rainbows are nice.
Dom and Robyn trying to send photos of Chicago march for us, but cell network is "crushed," says Dominic. Dumb interwebs!
12:30: Smart boy found himself a wifi hot spot. Thanks, Dominic!
12:38 Chicago Wonkers finding pic uploading alternatives! From Robyn, some excellent signs:
Won't someone PLEASE think of the children? And teach them to curse loudly and righteously at those who've earned it!
12:42 Chicago crowd shot from Yr Dominic:
12:50 Just to be clear, Dominic does not have a helicopter. He has big buildings in Chicago. And that there's a crowd.
The organizers of the Chicago rally realized that with something like 150,000 people showing up -- they'd planned for 50K -- there wasn't much point in marching anywhere, so the rally stayed right where it started, in Grant Park.
1:00 Adam Blampied in Manchester, England reports: "Proud to attend the #WomensMarch in Manchester. Particularly a fan of the 'we don't want your tiny hands anywhere near our underpants chant."
1:10 The Independent reports this is a seriously global movement: Women's March Antarctica
1:20 A word from the opposition: Apparently it is impossible to be in favor of equality in the USA if you don't hate Islam. Or maybe -- and this may be difficult for some to get their heads around -- it's possible to oppose patriarchy and oppression of women everywhere?
Mind you, it's a pretty safe bet these folks are also opposed to admitting women refugees from Muslim countries, because they're all terrorists. But as a cudgel to hit American feminists with, suddenly, they're freakin' Betty Friedan. And to Make America Great Again, they'll go yell at some woman in a hijab at the grocery store.
1:25 We mentioned Dominic didn't have a helicopter for shots of the Chicago march. But WGN does:
1:28 Dominic got this shot of the crowd just outside the Blues Brothers apartment:
1:31 Some women march. Some women want to play with the local flora.
1:40 The orders come down from Yr Editrix: Everybody watch CNN at 4 Eastern, please! Rebecca will be on The Lead with Jake Tapper, with Van Jones and Jan Brewer, who we really hope won't remember those jokes about her briefly being back on her meds.
1:53 There's really no doubt about it: Our protest signs aren't just spelled better, they're funnier.
2:12 Hmmmm... From CNN, which says it's really hard to estimate the size of the two crowds. We'll give 'em the benefit of the doubt and acknowledge Trump's inauguration had grandstands all around the Capitol building.
Washington Metro traffic was much heavier for the March, but there aren't any counts for the number of limos delivering people today....
2:15 Get your butts to CSPAN, kids. ANGELA DAVIS!
2:25 When I am an old woman (or in the company of one) I shall carry a sign from NARAL:
2:25 Sorry that "Mountain Time" keeps accidentally showing up in here. stupid computer clock. Anyway, not everyone is thrilled by this thing. Please give their views the respect they deserve!
ALL THOSE WOMEN IN THE CABINET! Or both, at least.
2:48 Are they marching in Los Angeles? Yes, they are marching in Los Angeles!
Also, if you're watching the livestream on CSpan, 12-year-old Claire and her mother are finally finding each other.
Oh, yeah, and Madonna's gonna sing.
2:50 Donna Rose is above it all. Literally.
And Madonna is having fun telling detractors, "Fuck You." These are not incongruent facts.
2:58 Get ready for the rightwing media to endlessly show the clip of Madonna saying "Yes, I am angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House." And they'll end the clip there, instead of the rest of it: "But I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair. As the poet W.H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War II, 'We must love one another, or die.' I choose love. Are you with me?"
3:05 Another reminder to catch Yr Editrix on The Lead with Jake Tapper at 4:00 Eastern on CNN. Seriously, there will be a quiz.
3:15 A little late, but here is that video of Gloria Steinem at the beginning of the march, while the Hairball in Chief was trying to stay awake in church:
"When we elect a possible president we too often go home. We've elected an impossible president. We're never going home."
3:23 While Shy and Donna wait for Yr Editrix's 4:00 appearance on CNN's The Lead With Jake Tapper, this conversation in the Wonkette Sekrit Chatroom:
shypixel: Jan brewer just tried to coo at DR. She wasn't havin' it. Too busy eating goldfish.
doktorzoom: Better than shaking her finger in her face!
3:25 And the nice Native American woman who closed out the presentation on the stage spouted pure conspiracy-theory nonsense about the United States having a secret constitution passed in 1871, making us all subjects of an illegal corporate government. Yay for bipartisan kooks!
Beyonce, take us home, please.
3:38 And then there are the very young women. Want to feel proud? Feel proud:
3:51 How about a few more Chicago signs from Robyn?
And yes, of course we'll stay here to see Yr Editrix on The Lead With Jake Tapper at 4:00 on CNN.
4:10 This celebrity chef, Padma Lakshmi, is quite well-spoken, but she is not Yr Editrix.
4:17 Good point.
Now it's a commercial.
4:24 Michael Moore is not Yr Editrix either. Just thought we'd make that clear. Kid Zoom has never seen Roger & Me. Now that he's all into movie blogs, we should prolly fix that.
4:31 Found by alert Wonkette Operative HazooToo:
Pareidolia is a wonderful thing.
4:37 So the Hairbeeste went to the CIA, stood in front of their memorial wall, bitched about the media, and lied about the turnout for the inauguration. Sigh.
4:45 Jake Tapper on Trump's obsession with crowd size: "I can't think of anything more important to the American people."
4:48 All-star panel time!
4:53 Yr Editrix super-classily compliments Jan Brewer on Medicaid expansion in Arizona, wins major points for Improving The Discourse.
4:56 And Rebecca gets to stand up for quoting Madonna in full. (And sure, Madonna was kind of a dope).
Debate amongst yourselves: "Chicks love Van Jones": Y/N?
5:00 It has been a very long day of liveblooging. Funny, for all that marching, my feet aren't tired at all! Congrats on standing up for full quotes, Becca, and for making the most of your less than 15 minutes!
We are done, you filthy fuckaducks! We love you, keep talking, and we'll see you with deleted comments on the morrow!
5:16 OK, fine, one more, from Alert Wonkette Operartive "The Librarian":
No doubt about it: our protests may be too smart for our own good. Discuss.
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