The Women’s March in protest of the degenerate-in-chief was a yuge success. Shall I count the ways? I think I shall.
1. The march drew far more people than anticipated in most places. In Austin, where I marched with R and T, they expected about 20,000 and the most conservative estimate of the turnout was 40,000. And kudos, too, to all those determined people who stood up, alone in their community, for what they believed in.
2. The march caught the attention of Trump, who felt the need to ask in a tweet why all those people didn’t vote. They did–almost three million more people voted for Hillary Clinton than for him. More than three million people in America alone protested against Trump and his misogynist cabinet yesterday, so the march also serves as a visual of the difference in the popular vote between Mrs. Clinton and Trump.
3. It was uplifting for all the people who cried the day before, when Trump became president of America. People like me. It was impossible for me to see even the tiniest silver lining on that gray day. I didn’t watch the inauguration, but I saw photos of him with his pussy-grabbing hand on Lincoln’s bible, and those images cannot be unseen. That was a day of dread.
Yesterday was the complete opposite. We were all reminded that most people are decent, non-pussy-grabbing, non-violent, anti-fascist, inclusive, loving citizens who all see that the would-be emperor has no clothes. He’s still dangerous, and some bad things are going to happen, but we can survive this. American democracy can survive this if this is the first of many protests against everything Trump does that flies in the face of the Constitution.
4. The march brought out the worst in the misogynist male Trump supporters, so we are clear about what we are up against. Feminism is necessary. The inequality and the misogyny are real. We never came as far as we thought–these male chauvinist pigs were always there, they were just less empowered until Trump came to the White House. So thank you, guys, for putting some fuel on our already blazing fire. We’ll take it wherever we can get it.
5. No doubt a few people learned to knit or crochet. The pink pussycat hats were everywhere! (Not as much in Austin, because it was hot down here.) I think the new president got the message: Pussy grabs back!
6. Real men had an opportunity to demonstrate their real-manliness by joining their wives, daughters, sisters and mothers in this march.
7. Considering the tantrum thrown by Trump’s press secretary Spicer when he saw the pictures comparing the crowds for President Obama’s first inauguration with those for this one, I, for one, can’t wait to see how he melts down in front of the press tomorrow about the comparisons of the degenerate-in-chief’s inaugural crowd–or shall we say gathering?–and the three million that came together across the country in massive protests of said degenerate. At least we will still have something to laugh about tomorrow.
8. The protest was a warning for the GOP, who until now have shown no spine in the face of trump’s rise to the presidency. Keep pussy-footing around this ignorant, unconstitutional, white supremacist, misogynist, homophobic, Islamophobic, anti-science, anti-environment cabinet and in four years Elizabeth Warren will be president.
9. The march was an outlet for creativity. Trump’s gross language was thrown right back at him, not only in the form of the pink pussy hats, but in many signs as well. And the “Nasty Woman” T-shirts were worn with pride. I wish I had cut the sleeves off mine and that I had chosen the white T-shirt with black lettering instead of the black T-shirt with white lettering, but I was happy to sacrifice my comfort for the cause.
10. And last but definitely not least: the march took place all over the world, even on a boat in the Antarctic. Thank you, everyone!
While we were standing under a tree, watching and reading the signs as they slowly went by before we could start moving ourselves, our conversation touched, somehow, on what Trump’s dreams are, and then on what his nightmares must be about. “This”, said R.
Indeed. Mission accomplished.