‘We Cannot Be Bystanders to Injustice’: The March for Truth in Washington, D.C.
March organizers said their main goal was to "call for a fair and impartial investigation" into the Trump campaign and its associates' possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.
"I wanted to bring attention to the fact that, not only will the Trump administration refuse to treat his ties to Russia as an issue, they also refuse to treat reproductive rights as an issue. Coming to the march dressed as a defiant handmaid also sends a message that we will not allow our country to become Gilead [the fictional dystopia from the novel], where we have no rights and suffer under a totalitarian regime," said Cardwell, who said other protesters had expressed similar fears to her.
"'Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum' means (in botched Latin) 'Don't let the bastards grind you down', which is exactly what I want the people of this country to remember. No matter how defeated you feel, you cannot give up, because we are all standing with you and supporting you," Cardwell continued. Lauryn Gutierrez/Rewire
"We don't know all the facts yet, but we know this much: Donald Trump has a staff infection, and it's spreading every day," Raskin said, referring to investigations surrounding Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort. Lauryn Gutierrez/Rewire
"We cannot be bystanders to injustice," said Sarsour. "If engaging in dissent was easy, everyone would be doing it."
Remarking on the recent violence perpetrated by a white supremacist in Portland last week, she implored the crowd to ensure that "the voices of hate and divisiveness are not louder than those of love and solidarity."
On Saturday, the March for Truth was held in more than 100 cities across the United States. March organizers said their main goal was to “call for a fair and impartial investigation” into the Trump campaign and its associates’ possible collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.
In Washington, D.C., the event brought more than a thousand people to the Northwest grounds of the Washington Monument. Following the rally, protesters formed the words “Investigate Trump,” documented by an aerial camera.
Jon Lovett, former presidential speechwriter and current podcaster and producer, mentioned in his remarks that he had just been at the White House across the street, where a small “Pittsburgh Not Paris” counter protest was being held in support of the president’s decision last week to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement: “They did not get out in the kind of numbers that I see here— it’s almost as though he’s a President without a constituency whatsoever.”
Lovett continued, “This was a really hard week. It’s been a hard 135 days. For those of us who view what’s going on behind me [at the White House] as a national emergency, and then you look at what’s happening on the Hill and they treat it like ordinary business, it’s more than just a typical outrage of bad policy and bad politics—we’ve dealt with that for a long time. This is heartbreaking.”