Hundreds gather for Salt Lake City Women’s March to protest Trump agenda

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Demonstrators gather in Salt Lake City, uniting with Women’s March rallies happening in Washington D.C. and around the country on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, to signal their opposition to President Donald Trump and his agenda, including his push to fill the seat of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before election day.

A few hundred people gathered Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City for a Women’s March to protest President Donald Trump and his push to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s open Supreme Court seat before the presidential election next month.

Trump has nominated Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative appeals court judge, to fill the vacancy left by Ginsburg, a feminist icon. If confirmed, Barrett will likely rule on cases involving high-profile issues such as health care and abortion.

At least one woman paid homage to Ginsburg by wearing a black robe, complete with a white collar, and holding a sign that read, “I dissent.”

The group of about 250 first met at Salt Lake City Hall before marching north to the Capitol, where attendees heard from speakers. Similar marches were held nationwide.

Along the route, protesters held signs that said “Make America Kind Again” and “My Body My Choice."

Lex Scott, the leader of Black Live Matter Utah, remarked at the take on the Trump campaign slogan “Make America Great Again,” that the signs should instead read, “Make America Kind for the First Time.”

Some in Saturday’s crowd sported the pink knit hats that became popular during the first Women’s March in Washington, D.C., after Trump was sworn into office in 2017, when a crowd of an estimated half a million came to the National Mall in protest.