PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Women dressed in costumes from “The Handmaid’s Tale” protested Vice President Mike Pence’s visit in Center City on Monday afternoon.
The women were dressed in red outside of The Union League where Pence is part of a private fundraising event for Rep. Lou Barletta, who is running for Senate in Pennsylvania. The red cloaks symbolize female suppression as the women are protesting in silence with their heads down.
Earlier on Monday, Pence was at the Sheraton Hotel in Center City as he spoke as part of the 20th stop of the America First Tour which focuses on tax cuts for businesses and employees.
“Over 6 million Americans have already have already received pay raises and bonuses and bigger benefits,” said Pence.
While praising President Donald Trump’s tax bill, Pence also spoke in support of Barletta.
“I think it’s pretty clear because of my relationship with the president, obviously, I’m a strong supporter,” said Barletta.
About 250 supporters attended who were in favor of the tax bill and the opportunities Trump has given to women in the White House.
“The president has a lot of women on his staff,” said one supporter. “I don’t think people aren’t giving him credit for what he’s doing.”
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is a show based on a dystopian-themed novel by Margaret Atwood, set in a totalitarian society that has overthrown the United States government.
The protest concluded with the women taking off their robes and chanting.
President Trump voiced his support for Barletta in a tweet Monday night.