Democratic allies have gathered downtown Saturday for Chicago's latest Women's March, with organizers pushing for participants to help get out the vote ahead of midterm elections on November 6. Trump was depicted as "El Diablo" on a high-flying flag. His message is that casting a vote for Republicans is essential to protect his father's accomplishments.
The Chicago rally was among the first signs of the political fallout from the deeply partisan fight to confirm Trump's nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the nation's highest court despite sexual assault allegations and powerful testimony against him at a Senate hearing by his accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Trump Jr. also faces the prospect of Democrats targeting him directly as part of an inquiry into one of the biggest controversies stemming from his father's presidential campaign: Trump Jr.'s participation in a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer that was arranged by a British publicist offering dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Saturday's events included a street festival-like "Voter Village" where dozens of community groups and politicians set up booths to reach new voters and encourage political involvement.
A women's march days after Trump's inauguration filled the 300-acre Grant Park.
"I would like women to take charge of the midterms", protester Sarah Sieracki told AFP.
"Women need to vote". But Senate Democrats, many of whom are facing tough reelection battles in conservative-leaning states, did not want to risk being stuck on Capitol Hill while their challengers roamed free. Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault but he denies the allegations.
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They initially declined but Evans later told her she had gone ahead and exposed herself to the film producer in a hallway. Attorney Carrie Goldberg says prosecutors' decision to "abandon" her client speaks to a system that needs to be reformed.
Slightly more registered voters say the Kavanaugh confirmation proceedings make them more likely to support Democrats for Congress than Republicans in the upcoming midterm elections, though a 39 percent plurality say it doesn't make a difference.
She voted to confirm Justice Kavanaugh. but when she was asked if the process damaged the Senate, she said: "Yes".
They said similar marches fueled by anger over the Kavanaugh confirmation were scheduled later in October in other states, including the Republican strongholds of Texas, Georgia and SC. The Senate Judiciary Committee is poised to forward nine nominations to the full Senate for final confirmation on Thursday, and a confirmation hearing for lower court nominees is scheduled for October 17. Last month, a woman said Fain raped her in Washington, D.C.in 2007.
The responses were good news for Democrats: 54 percent they were more likely to vote blue, while 41 percent said they would vote Republican.
The survey produced nearly no good news for Democrats, who earlier this year expected to benefit from historical trends that show the party of first-term presidents nearly always lose congressional seats in the first midterm election after their inauguration.
Chicago is a Democratic stronghold.
At Monday's East Room ceremony, Trump again invoked the rhetoric Republicans are using to frame the whole episode: Kavanaugh, Trump said, had been "proven innocent", even though critics say the investigation was not thorough enough to merit that conclusion.