Calls to defeat President Donald Trump and ensure representation for minority groups took center stage at the Raleigh Women’s March Sunday.
The marchers began at the North Carolina State Legislative Building and walked through downtown Raleigh before finishing at Halifax Mall. The group alternated between chants calling for the defeat of Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., during the march.
Democratic presidential candidates Mike Bloomberg, Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren were all represented by their supporters throughout the event. These groups were speaking with march attendees and advocating for their candidates. Although there were supporters for a number of different Democratic primary candidates, most people attending the event identified defeating Donald Trump as their number one priority.
Michelle and Charles Putterman, residents of Raleigh, attended the march together and held a sign supporting Elizabeth Warren.
“I just think it’s long overdue to have a woman be our president,” Michelle Putterman said.
Charles Putterman said North Carolina and the United States are moving backwards and women’s rights are part of that regressive movement.
“We just need to support all forward-thinking policies and that includes, among the big ones, women’s rights and we need to — especially men need to — stand up and make it very clear that women’s rights are a primary issue here that we need to focus our attention to,” he said.
Cary resident Judith Bullock — who was holding a sign that read “Women are the wall, and Trump will pay” — said she had been attending marches since 1970. She said patriotism was why she attended the marches because people should speak out when things are not right.
“I don’t think the current administration understands that women really know how to fight and we know how to stand up for what’s right,” Bullock said. “The biggest issue is just to remove Trump because everything flows — what they say — ‘a fish rots from the head,’ and that’s really what’s happened here.”