Hundreds of protesters gathered in the heart of Manhattan this afternoon to protest Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump’s rhetoric about women. Trump has come under fire from women on both sides of the political spectrum, and his poll numbers among women have plummeted. For example, with his approval standing now at 23 percent and 75 percent disapproval, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll taken this month.
In his most recent controversial statement about women Trump said “There has to be some form of punishment” for women who have an illegal abortion procedure. These comments struck a nerve with both pro-choice and pro-life activists. Trump later went back on his comments by stating he meant the people who perform the abortions.
The rally, held in Columbus Circle just south of Central Park, drew hundreds of both women and men upset with Trump’s showman antics. New York City’s Public Advocate Letitia James, who is currently in the middle of her first term in office, pulled the rally together in just under 12 hours.
“We can do better, we can do better as a country, we can do better as Americans, and certainly, women can do better,” James told the gathered crowd.
The rally lasted just over an hour and featured a variety of prominent speakers, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and Congressman Jerry Nadler. Each speaker condemned Trump and his supporters for Trump’s abortion comments.
Trump has been confronted by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and other prominent voices about pejorative statements he’s made about women over the years, including calling them “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting.” Trump has also been on defense from female journalists upset that his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is charged with battery after reportedly used physical force against reporter Michelle Fields.
“The idea is that this man, not only is a misogynist, but it’s an embarrassment to the international community that he should be a candidate for president and the front-runner of the Republican Party,” rally attendee Joan Dean said.
In a sea of anti-Trump signs, and directly outside one of the GOP frontrunner’s own buildings, the protesters’ message was loud and clear: Trump has an uphill climb with women if he hopes to win the White House.