WASHINGTON — On his first day in office, President Donald J. Trump was greeted by hundreds of thousands of protestors in the streets of Washington, D.C., a massive show of no confidence in a leader who enters the White House with the lowest approval rating in modern times.
The Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21 was the most high-profile of several hundred demonstrations held around the globe to protest Trump’s swearing-in the previous day.
Turnout at marches in Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles more than doubled organizers’ expectations. Planners for the Washington march had applied for a permit for 200,000 demonstrators; crowd-counting experts placed the crowd at nearly half a million, which spilled out across the National Mall and into the surrounding streets.
Protestors flooded across the White House lawn and made it as far as the building’s wrought-iron gates before being stopped by a line of Secret Service agents. A ragtag band set up stage on the lawn, belting out “When the Saints Come Marching In” and “My Country, ’Tis of Thee,” in concert with passerby.