A group of more than 100 women are planning to protest Vice President Mike Pence’s Monday visit to Philadelphia dressed in costumes resembling “The Handmaid’s Tale” because Pence will “[usher] in a theocratic society.”
“Pence is one of the most dangerous reactionary figures in modern history … he has dutifully supported and been instrumental in every Trump policy since they made their unholy, “holy” alliance to bring Christian Fascism to the heart of this regime. He is a key figure in ushering in a theocratic society right out of the Handmaids Tale,” the event page for the protest states.
“It is only fitting that Pence be greeted with 100 women dressed as handmaids. A visual representation of Pence’s end game of women totally stripped of their rights and humanity,” the event says.
Refuse Fascism, which is “a movement of people coming from diverse perspectives, united in our recognition that the Trump/Pence Regime poses a catastrophic danger to humanity and the planet,” is the group behind the protest, according to the organization’s website. (RELATED: Women’s March Promotes Antifa Protest Against ‘Unite The Right’ Part Two)
PhillyUp, “a grassroots, feminist, intersectional group of passionate Philadelphia progressives,” is also helping to organize the event.
The groups are protesting Pence’s trip to Philadelphia to campaign for Pennsylvania Senate candidate and Republican State Rep. Lou Barletta. Pence is speaking at a Monday night campaign event at the Union League Club for the candidate, according to The Hill.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” depicts a society where the U.S. becomes a Christian theocracy called Gilead and women are barred from basic tasks such as reading. Author Margaret Atwood previously compared the society in the book to the Trump regime, saying that the U.S. was becoming more “Gilead-like.”
The protesters plan to wear the novel’s signature red robes and white bonnets.
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