Several women have demonstrated outside Donald Trump’s campaign headquarters here calling on Americans to reject the Republican presidential nominee, saying promoting and condoning sexual assault by him is “unforgivable”.
Dressed in black, the multiracial group of more than 80 women blockaded the doors to Trump Tower in Manhattan’s famed 5th Avenue yesterday and called for a rejection of Trump by the Republican party, citing decades of anti-women, anti-immigrant, and anti-black policies supported by the GOP.
The protests come days after a 2005 video surfaced in which Trump is heard making obscene and sexually explicit remarks about women.
The women held signs showing a cat baring its teeth, a reference to the lewd word used by Trump in the video.
They chanted ‘GOP hands off me’ and ‘Donald thinks he runs this town’.
“It’s not about lewd language, it’s about promoting and condoning sexual assault,” said Nadya Stevens, one of the action’s organisers.
“It’s unforgivable, especially after his racist attacks. As women of all colours, we reject Donald Trump and the GOP (Republican party), and call on the rest of the nation to reject them too.”
Brigid Flaherty, who helped organise the protest, said not just Trump but the GOP also has “attacked women’s bodies and access to healthcare for decades”.
“It’s time for women everywhere to reject both Trump and the Republican party that has produced him,” she said.
The women formed a human chain across the doors to Trump Tower, stretching out banners reading ‘#GOPHandsOffMe’.
Many of the women shared stories of how they had been personally impacted by anti-women Republican policies.
“The Republican Party is at war with all women, and black, trans, poor, and immigrant women are impacted first and worst,” Flaherty said.
The protest outside Trump Tower was among similar women-led actions held in places like San Francisco, Houston, Albuquerque and Seattle.
Organisers stressed that women, as a group, have the political power to reject sexism, racism and xenophobia.