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Not 'sore loser,' Raleigh woman marching for people's rights

Posted January 18

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— Some Triangle women are heading to Washington, D.C., this weekend, where they plan to take part in a march following Donald Trump's inauguration as president.

The Women's March on Washington is being described as part rally, part protest. As many as 200,000 people are expected to fill the National Mall, some going as organized groups and others, such as Raleigh attorney Deanna Thorne and her friend, simply going on their own.

Thorne said Wednesday the tone of the presidential election was so ugly that she feels she has to be there.

"I honestly don't feel that I can't (go)," she said.

Thorne says she's marching for her 12-year-old daughter. She wants her to grow up in a country that respects all people for who they are, no matter their race, gender or ability. She said she feels Trump's campaign rhetoric toward minorities and women has put that future at risk, and she said it's important for her daughter to see her speak out about it.

"I feel like human beings were being attacked – and not for their thoughts or beliefs but for who they were as people," she said. "I don’t feel like I can preach that we have to fight against these things and we have to be open to certain beliefs and not show my daughter that I’m willing to put in the work."

Thorne said she always votes but has never been politically active before, but she wants to have her voice heard after such a divisive election.

"It's just brought out so much poison, and it seems to have given these voices legitimacy," she said. "I can't have those be the loudest voices that are heard. I want our voices to be the loudest."

She's adamant that she's going to Washington to speak out for equal rights, not to protest Trump's inauguration.

"Trump is president. I can’t fix that. But I can work every day from here on out to fight for the equality we all deserve," she said.

Similar marches are taking place across the country, including one in Raleigh. About 5,000 marchers are expected for the event, which starts on City Plaza at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, heads up Fayetteville Street to Martin Street and over to Moore Square, where an 11:30 a.m. rally will be held.

Thorne said she has no patience for conservative pundits who've been calling the marchers sore losers.

"It's not about Hillary Clinton losing the election," she said. "I get it. I understand how the electoral system works. I know that she got the popular vote but lost the office. I get that. Fine. But the president of the United States is going to hear what we say."

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  • Mary Smith Jan 19, 12:34 p.m.
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    Mr. Beckett, I hope you are not trying to brainwash people into believing your lies by saying, "The more you tell a lie, the more it becomes truth I guess"...because really, your lies are still lies and lying makes you a lying liar...or you are just grossly misinformed.

  • Mary Smith Jan 19, 12:20 p.m.
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    Bless your heart, the popular vote means the total number of votes. Clinton did win the popular vote. According to CNN, "the Democrat outpaced President-elect Donald Trump by almost 2.9 million votes, with 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his 62,979,879 (46.1%), according to revised and certified final election results from all 50 states and the District of Columbia". http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/21/politics/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-popular-vote-final-count/

  • Carey Bunting Jan 19, 12:18 p.m.
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    Oops - Donald Beckett, I can't use the comment section well, but I am an educated person (not just a woman) who knows that Hillary won the popular vote by more than 2 million but Trump won the electoral college. He is the president. I am marching Saturday for equal rights, peace and love. Most of which have been obliterated by the election no matter which side you are on.

  • Carey Bunting Jan 19, 12:13 p.m.
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    How can a clearly educated woman be so naïve? She says she does, but doesn't actually know the electoral process or she's an outright liar. Hillary Clinton did not win the popular vote. She lost the (popular) vote in a supermajority of states. New York and LA do not speak for me or the country. When you look at the popular vote on a county by county basis, the balance is even more dramatic. The more you tell a lie, the more it becomes truth I guess.

  • Mary Smith Jan 19, 11:43 a.m.
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    Angus Young... the irony in your comment is that you spelled rhetoric wrong....hahahahahaha

  • Donald Beckett Jan 19, 9:02 a.m.
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    How can a clearly educated woman be so naïve? She says she does, but doesn't actually know the electoral process or she's an outright liar. Hillary Clinton did not win the popular vote. She lost the (popular) vote in a supermajority of states. New York and LA do not speak for me or the country. When you look at the popular vote on a county by county basis, the balance is even more dramatic. The more you tell a lie, the more it becomes truth I guess.

  • Paul Gemborys Jr Jan 19, 9:00 a.m.
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    Does a woman have the right to be prolife, if not, why and if yes, why aren't they being allowed to march. hypocrites, btw thanks for the heads up on my spelling, my bust

  • Lamario Kelly Jan 19, 8:59 a.m.
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    Some of these comments up here are the reason as to what is wrong with this country. What I find ironic is the same people that were bashing President Obama are now mad because not everyone is kissing Trumps feet as some of you are; wouldn't you find that very hypocritical? Her right to protest is her right and who are some of you to criticize her for that. I totally understand her stance, will she get heard probably not, but she is at least taking a charge to embark change even if it's very minuscule. Trump has maliciously degraded women, he has down played minorities, and he could care less about half the people commenting on this post, because Trump is a businessman who is only about the mighty dollar!! So kudos to this lady for at least having he courage to protest, because unlike half the men or shall I say (boys) up here she isn't standing behind a keyboard trying to sound big and bad; she is actually out in the fields doing what she feels is right and that is not bigotry.

  • Cameron Horn Jan 19, 8:44 a.m.
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    Yes!

  • Melissa Phillips Jan 19, 8:26 a.m.
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    It's ironic how only men have commented. Tell me when you have been subjected to a wage gap based on your gender? Have you ever been denied a promotion because you're a man?

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