White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer addressed his first press briefing on Monday where he answered several questions from journalists of different news organizations.
Out of the many questions, one question was, “What is the president’s message to the millions of people here in Washington and around the country who were protesting on Saturday?”
Spicer responded by saying that the president thinks that many of those at the rallies around the world were not protesting him.
Spicer further said, “This is what makes our country so beautiful. One day you inaugurate a president and the next day people can occupy the same space to protest something. He is also cognizant to the fact that lots of these people were there to protest an issue of concern to them and not against anything.”
He told the reporters that they were people who came to mall as they do all the time. And that the president is going to show through action and success that he is fighting for every American.
Just a day earlier, U.S. President Donald Trump mocked Women’s March demonstrators on Twitter:
Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
The idea for the marches came when a retired attorney in Hawaii, Teresa Shook, frustrated by the 2016 election results, created a Facebook event calling for a rally in Washington. The event took off and became a global phenomenon, as more than 1 million people signed up to march and more than the estimated numbers showed up. Protesters' signs were also dominated by anti-Trump messages such as "Get your tiny hands off my uterus" and "You can't comb over misogyny."
The turnout left Shook ecstatic, “I'm overwhelmed with joy. A negative has been turned into a positive. All these people coming together to unite to try and make a difference. That's what we're going to be doing for the next four years. I see it's really going to happen.”
The mood of the marches can easily be seen in the tweets below:
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