Though crowds greatly exceeded expectations in the Nation’s Capital and pro-Trump counter-protesters showed up in places, there was not a single arrest made at yesterday’s record-breaking Women’s March. That’s according to NBC News and Washington, D.C., Homeland Security Director Christopher Geldart.
It is estimated that yesterday’s Women’s March was the first time that a protest of a president had higher attendance than the presidential inauguration itself. Attendance was so big that the 2-mile planned route was completely filled by attendees, turning the parade into a rally. Smaller marches formed spontaneously around the city.
Marches around the country had higher-than-expected attendance. NBC reports that Chicago’s march was cancelled by organizers after the crowd reached 250,000.
Washington, D.C.’s, Metro system had a banner attendance day, notching the second-highest daily ridership in the system’s history. The day’s 1,001,613 trips are second only to President Obama’s 2009 Inauguration.
Demographics and geographic proximity are a factor in these; the closest states to go to Donald Trump were West Virginia and Pennsylvania, both of which are over 100 miles from Washington. The city and its suburbs are reliably Democratic.