As Trump is greeted by chants of “Lock Him Up!” outside the White House daily, Vice President Mike Pence is greeted by women dressed in the red garb of oppressed women in the Hulu series, The Handmaid’s Tale. Pence was in the City of Brotherly Love for a fundraiser for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, who is running for Senate. Barletta is a staunch Trump supporter and still ironically claims to be a conservative.
The protest organizer, Sam Goldman, opposes Trump and Pence’s stances on abortion, Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and the Trump administration’s immigration policies. She sees obvious parallels between the dystopian television series and the Trump administration.
“Stripping women of their rights to control if and when they bear children is really forced motherhood,” said protest organizer, Sam Goldman.
The women Chanted “This nightmare must end!” and held signs reading, “Don’t legislate our morality with your hypocrisy,” and “Freedom of religion is freedom from religion.”
The women’s faces, more than even their red cloaks, speak volumes. They were there for a serious purpose.
“Nothing short of removing this whole illegitimate regime from power will stop this nightmare,” organizer Samantha Goldman of Refuse Fascism Philly said. “If we allow this regime to get away with caging and torturing children, they know there is nothing they can’t get away with.”
Protesters dressed as characters from "The Handmaid's Tale" outside a Philadelphia fundraiser hosted by VP Pence. pic.twitter.com/AN4BftAVKK
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“I truly think this is Mike Pence’s dream of what the United States would look like, is women consistently being subservient,” said one protester.
The women made another powerful statement when they ripped off the red garments.
100 women in Philadelphia wore "The Handmaid's Tale" costumes to protest a visit from Vice President Mike Pence: "This nightmare must end."
Then they ripped them off ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/YcPEu63gy4
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Women dressed as characters from the novel and TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" join a protest against Vice President Mike Pence in Philadelphia. pic.twitter.com/h3vBwGShq4
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