A year ago, millions of people turned out for the Women’s March, taking to the streets en masse to protest Trump’s inauguration.
On the one year anniversary of that grotesque event, millions of demonstrators gathered on Saturday in another Women’s March, galvanized by the national resistance to Donald Trump and his administration’s policies.
2017 was a year that saw a deluge of revelations about powerful men abusing women. Ultimately it led to the creation of the #MeToo moment.
The disaster that is Donald Trump has pushed activists across the board to demand deeper social and political change. It is happening. It is spectacular. It’s one of the strongest outpourings of social engagement this nation has ever seen, and it’s a good thing, too. We need this power now more than ever.
There were millions of good people out there this weekend, marching for the rights of women everywhere on Earth. Magnificent. Unfortunately, wherever there is power, there will always be those who seek to divert it toward some partisan purpose.
It is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that to co-opt something so crucial for unsavoury political purposes is just scummy. And make no mistake- that is what they are doing.
The people who are running this Women’s March need to go. It’s as simple as that.
In a column Tuesday bearing the headline “When Progressives Embrace Hate,” New York Times editor Bari Weiss took a close look at the women who organized the effort. The picture thus painted isn’t pretty.
Instead, let’s give particular attention to this sentence, drawn from another New York Times article written earlier today.
“Progressive women are eager to build on the movement and translate their enthusiasm into electoral victories in this year’s midterm elections.”
Sure enough. Earlier this year, when we found out their 2017 Women’s Convention was going to feature Senator Bernard Sanders at its keynote speaker, we knew what they were up to.
What they want to do is use the momentum they’ve built up at the Women’s Marches to switch the focus from legitimate women’s issues to their chosen candidates at the ballot box.
Those candidates are all to be so-called progressives. Many will be entering politics not to compete with Republicans but to primary out Democrats, which is an old Republican trick by now.
Analysts were quick to note that in so doing, women’s march organizers are following a Tea Party strategy, attacking Obamacare and the president himself to help the Republican Party win control of the House of Representatives in 2010.
“There’s a deliberate attempt by women on the left to take a page out of the same playbook,” said Melissa Deckman, a professor of political science at Washington College who has studied the Tea Party.
Those are Libertarian techniques. The Tea Party arose from the John Birch Society, the centre of radical right politics in America. Their playbook features every dirty trick on the Republican itinerary.
Taking pages from a playbook means you’ve got to have been reading it pretty closely. That’s a big red flag.
We have noted the similarities between the far left and the far right on many occasions here. Their convergence can be seen clearly from the results of the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton said that Bernie Sanders laid the groundwork for Trump’s later “Crooked Hillary” attacks, and she was right.
It seemed strange to have any man be the keynote speaker at a national convention for women, but we’ll leave that aside for now. If that’s what you want, fine.
But can we at least not pick someone whose lurid essays on rape fantasies made us want to vomit? Can we pick someone who isn’t willing to compromise on reproductive rights? Isn’t there somebody around who did not build a literal army of misogynists last year, to constantly attack his female opponent with? Remember when he said she wasn’t qualified to be the president?
The results of our election were compromised by Bernie’s rabid fanaticism. And one of the things he was best at was appealing to the baser instincts of men.
Tamika Mallory, co-founder of Women’s March, thought otherwise.
“I think that right now, no one can deny that Bernie Sanders is probably one of the most powerful U.S. senators … on progressive issues, women’s issues, mobilizing millennials. He is really in line with the principles of the Women’s March,” Mallory said in an exclusive interview Wednesday night.
This point of view can only be described as moronic.
It’s admirable that the organizers of Women’s March are willing to stand up and get involved. It’s also true that no organization or even individual can escape being political, in the wake of Donald Trump. But come on! Bernie Sanders? He’s been on the wrong side of every single issue this year. He did not endorse either of the Democratic governors that started off #TheBlueWave this last November.
That choice was an insult to every woman everywhere, many of whom were dragged savagely through the mud last year by his maniacal supporters. One of our contributors was told that they hoped she was gang-raped, due to her refusal to support their chosen master. And on the subject of rape, look at what Bernie himself wrote on the subject! Just don’t look right after lunch. They might as well have invited Harvey Weinstein.
Women got so mad, so fast, that Bernie backed out as fast as his legs would carry him.
But he left his proxies behind. And they were quick to announce their intent.
Linda Sarsour, for example, tweeted out late in the primary season that “Bernie had changed her life” along with a picture of her framed with the Sanders family.
The aforementioned Tamika Mallory, Women’s March co-president, said at that time she felt Sanders was the perfect fit for the convention, describing him in a statement as a “fierce champion of women’s rights” and someone who has bolstered “female voices throughout his career of public service.”
Bernie has said that Planned Parenthood is the establishment. He says women would prefer to stay home. He penned essays arguing that sexual repression causes cancer in women.
Tamika Mallory’s statement was the absolute height of idiocy. Her invitation to Sanders was a travesty. Feminists nationwide were outraged by it. And they had every right to be.
As usual, our task will be to raise awareness. The magnificent success and noble principles of the Women’s March are being co-opted for the use of Bernie Sanders and the Justice Democrats. We have to let people know.
People aren’t always doing good things for good reasons. It’s important to credit the organizers of the March with the tremendous and crucial successes they scored today.
It’s equally important to realize that they intend to cash in on those successes, to the tremendous and crucial detriment of the country and the Democratic Party.
Going forward, our strategy is simple. We’ve got to Occupy the Women’s March.