The streets of Washington D.C. and major cities across the country were awash in pink “pussyhats” yesterday as women turned out in full force to protest Donald Trump’s presidency and whatever it is they think he’s going to do in office.I’m afraid I must once again insert myself (Michele Hickford) into this story as I was in Washington D.C. for the inauguration and saw first hand the giddy scores of females in their hats.
While I waited at the airport to fly home, groups of women of all ages – some with their mothers and grandmothers — were chatting excitedly about the “amazing experience” and cooing over their phones (and the nonstop CNN coverage in the bar) looking at their pictures and selfies at the event.
While sitting there, I began to wonder, particularly of the millennial women, did they actually vote in the election? Hillary Clinton could barely get a few hundred people at her rallies, and yet here were hundreds of thousands of women, not just in Washington D.C, but perhaps 750,000 in Los Angeles, and according to some estimates, perhaps 150,000 to 200,000 each in other cities such as Denver and Chicago.
Apparently I’m not the only person who had that thought.
Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
As CBS reports, President Donald Trump… implied in a tweet early Sunday morning that the Women’s March protesters did not vote.“Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election!” Mr. Trump wrote. “Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”
The gender gap in the election was large: Mr. Trump beat Clinton by 53 percent to 41 percent among men, while Clinton won among women by 54 percent to 42 percent. The gender breakdown among white voters was different, however: Mr. Trump beat Clinton among white women 53 percent to 43 percent.And it bears noting, as we reported yesterday, that the Women’s March was first organized by…white women. In fact, here’s what it said on their official website:
Q: Is the Women’s March on Washington inclusive for women of color?
A: The WMW is an evolving effort originally founded by white women. Recognizing the need to be truly inclusive, the National Co-Chairs and Organizers were established to reflect a balanced representation. The team of organizers and volunteers are committed to ensuring that the march reflects women and femme expressive people of all backgrounds.
The Women’s March featured millions of protesters (i.e “femme expressive people”) in cities across the country rallying against President Trump’s stated agenda, with the primary protest being a large rally in Washington, D.C. Many protesters wore pointy-eared “pussyhats,” carried signs protesting various aspects of the new administration’s plans, and chanted, “Welcome to your first day, we will never go away.”
But again, these women are protesting what they think MIGHT happen under Trump’s administration. They’re protesting about a future none of us can predict. A friend of mine said, it’s like a woman saying to her boyfriend, “I’m breaking up with you because of what you MIGHT do a year from now.”
It all makes no sense. And it personally irritates me because now I feel like I can’t wear pink anymore. And I like pink.
Anyway, message to protesters: Next time, vote.
[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]