The more I have thought about the Women’s March the more I have concluded that the Democrats in Washington continue to misread the America public and squander chances to reconnect with middle-Americans. This was a spontaneous event that was created within the bounds of social media and mushroomed into a national event. Marches were held in cities around the country and make no mistake this was an event that was aimed against the new President, Donald J. Trump. But it will come and go in the memories of the general public because it gave them the wrong visuals.
In the recent elections the criticisms of the Democrats was their message did not resonate with middle-America and they lost the heartland, particularly those in the mid-West. The losses in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio turned what seemed like a slam dunk victory for Hillary Clinton into a loss of the Presidency and a great opportunity to retake the majority in the Senate. It was the losses of seats in Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, along with a chance in North Carolina, that kept them in the minority in the upper chamber.
So how does the Women’s March play into this losing scenario? The March was born in social media by the outrage that thousands of women felt by the crude comments of Trump that were picked up on a live microphone when nobody realized it was recording. That outrage was amplified by his multiple comments towards other women and even though some of the attacks were responding to attacks by these women every man knows you never win a fight with a woman by striking back. You can talk about equal rights all you want but this social tradition remains and attacking women never brings a man success.
So now we have the March and all the attendant media coverage. And whom do the liberals use as the face of the March? Not average women. They trot out the star power that is associated with the liberal elitist on the coasts. There was Ashley Judd ranting in a manner that was almost incomprehensible. It almost sounded like a privileged white woman/actress trying to talk in the style of a rapper. We saw Madonna step to the microphone and spew out her own brand of hate and vulgar language. Over and over she dropped the F bombs. MSNBC and CNN actually caught these live but there was really nothing they could have done because the feed was live and they had no way of knowing what she was going to say. We saw signs using the same crude language that they were critical of Trump using and paraded to the front of the cameras, both still and video. Then we have Laurence O’Donnell, prominent liberal and Democrat campaign operative, making the comment that he did not see why they could be expected to bleep out the foul language because it is the language that everyone uses on a daily basis. Laurence might believe this because he lives and works in an urban area where I am sure men and women use course language on a daily basis but he fails to comprehend that this is not considered proper language in many homes around the nation.
Remember, it was this crude sexual language that first outraged women. How many times did we hear that this was inappropriate and that children were being exposed to this behavior? But then you look at the rally and we see mothers bringing their young daughters to the March only to have them subjected to the same barrage of crude behavior and language. Where was the outrage when these celebrities used foul language in front of these children? Where was the outrage when their children were forced to read signs with sexualized language and meaning? All of this apparently fell on deaf ears and as many middle Americans watched on TV this question arose in their minds. Was this really about protecting our children or had this devolved into just another political rally against a newly elected President?
If the organizers of the March had any political sense they would have realized they are missing the mark. They would have realized that the liberal wing of the women’s movement March had hijacked a well meaning event and their goals are not the same as the original intent of the March. They would have shunned the celebrities that only seek the limelight for their own reasons. They would have found mothers to be the face of the March instead of those that hogged the cameras. They would have objected to the use of highly sexualized language and signs. By doing so it would have supported their original cause and outrage. Then they would have reclaimed the high ground and forced President Trump to acknowledge his mistake and possible finally apologize in a manner that sounds convincing.
I would be remiss if I did not comment on the response of the Administration. Once again they also missed a chance to be conciliatory towards the millions of women in the country who were offended by President Trump’s crude comments. Instead of snarky comments like “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election!” he should have responded that he understood why many women were upset and he intended to let his future action convince them he understood and was on their side. In reality both sides need to take a deep breath and step back and look for ways to work together instead of engaging in verbal confrontation.