In reference to the midterm election results, the Women’s March twitter handle tweeted:

This is not too surprising, given this group’s prior actions and commentary. Unfortunately, it does show that the organization places the blame on white women for any losses Democrats incurred.  Many Americans across social media were angered by this tweet, and rightfully so. Scapegoating one demographic of the population and bullying them for not buying into your group think is wrong and anti-American.

The Women’s March rhetoric actually disturbingly resembles actions by state groups and followers in dictatorial leaderships. They want to punish anyone who strays from their ideology.  This tweet is also ironic, given what the Women’s March group claims they stand for and their specified mission to “create transformative social change.  Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues…and is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect.”  I do not understand how their campaign for unity and transformative change through respect is promoted by bashing all white women.

The Women’s March has also never denounced threats said by activists within their organization, which seems to directly counter their mission statement of “non-violent resistance.”  During the January 2017 Women’s March, Madonna told the crowd that due to her political outrage, she had “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”  The organization did not come out and reject what she had said. In fact, they have similarly turned a blind eye to their spokeswomen’s anti-Semitic connections.  Several of the leaders within the group, including Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, have not distanced themselves from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, known for spreading hateful rhetoric regarding Jewish people. Sarsour instead has praised Farrakhan publicly and Mallory once posted a picture with him saying he was “the greatest of all time.” The Women’s March released a statement addressing these issues saying Farrakhan’s views did not align with the principles of the group, however they did not denounce him.  Even several liberal actresses have recently halted support of the group until they take denounce the anti-Semitic behavior.

There is a pattern of hatred, disrespect, and un-inclusion towards conservative women in the recent past.  The Women’s March turned away pro-life women who wanted to join the movement. Earlier in the year, Hillary Clinton has been quoted infamously saying “We don’t do well with married white women and part of that is an identification with the Republican party and ongoing pressure to vote the way your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”  Michelle Obama, at a public event, said something similar in regards to the 2016 presidential election: “What does it mean for us as women? That we look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said, ‘That guy. He’s better for me. His voice is more true to me.’ Well, to me that just says you don’t like your voice. You like the thing we’re told to like.”  Her opinion seems pretty ironic. Why? Because she has also stated, “Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter.” I am quite offended at the notion that I and other women cannot vote for ourselves. It is demeaning and sexist to make such assumptions and diminish our capabilities. Just because a woman does not vote for the female presidential candidate does not mean that she is not supportive of women in politics and leadership.  On the contrary, many female voters look at the issues and policies at hand. Then, they choose which candidate they think will best represent those values and find solutions.

Identity politics should have no place in American political discourse.  It places people into certain boxes based on race, gender, sexuality, age, and socio-economic status when many Americans think independently for themselves and do not want a label assigned to them.  Isn’t the whole idea of free speech so that one can think for themselves and voice their own opinion? For all that we hear about uniting as women and raising each other up to succeed, these attacks and generalizations about other women go directly against this.  It adds to the stereotype that women are inferior to men and shoves women down. It is certainly not pro-women in the slightest, as many liberals tout themselves to be. Women are much more than our body parts. All issues constitute “women’s issues.” The women of the Women’s March organization, Hillary Clinton, and Michelle Obama certainly do not speak for me.

Laynee P

Laynee is a patriotic conservative living in Nashville. For most of her childhood, she grew up in Seattle and then studied government and politics at Wagner College in New York City. Coming from a military family, she has lived all over America in very blue cities. When she is not studying up on politics, she enjoys volunteering, running, music and spending time with her family.