Sanders on Women’s March: “Women Aren’t Going Back to Second-Class Citizenship”

Activism, Feminism, Government

This past Saturday on President Trump’s first full day of his presidency, The Women’s March on Washington- drew crowds estimated to be as large as 500,000 in DC, and totalling over 3 million in cities across the globe gathered to show the new POTUS that women in America and those who support them that people will not stand idly by as the rights of women move backwards, but will actively resist and fight to move forwards. Essentially to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”.

One of the movement’s most vocal supporters Sen. Bernie Sanders attended the sister event in Montpelier, Vt- which on its own drew an estimated 15000 supporters. Live tweeting from the event and as reported on the Hill:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Saturday hailed the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. while stating that President Trump “made a big mistake” by “trying to divide” Americans.

While tweeting a picture of a sizable crowd that came out in support of the cause, Sanders said that Trump’s attempt at divisiveness “actually brought us closer.”

“President Trump, you made a big mistake. By trying to divide us up by race, religion, gender and nationality you actually brought us closer,” the former Democratic presidential hopeful tweeted.

 

Earlier on Saturday, Sanders tweeted a message of solidarity with thousands of women and men who were marching on the streets of Washington, D.C.
“Congratulations to the women marching today. We must go forward to ensure full reproductive justice for all women,” he tweeted.

Sanders also tweeted:

“President Trump: Women aren’t going back to second-class citizenship,”

“They are going forward. We are all in this together.”

The President, however, was not as enthusiastic about the march, skeptical about the turnout, and the intentions of the crowd.

“Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election!” the president tweeted “Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”

What the president fails to admit is that he lost the popular vote- and with protesters having come from all over the country they very well could have voted- just not for him.

The President’s Top aide Kellyanne Conway said she didn’t understand the purpose of the protests and stated that:

“We certainly respect people’s First Amendment rights. But I frankly didn’t see the point,” Conway said on ABC’s “This Week.””I mean you have a day after he’s uplifting and unifying and you have folks here being on a diatribe where I think they could have requested a dialogue. Nobody called me and said, ‘Hey, could we have a dialogue?'”

Message to Kellyanne- this march is a harrowing cry from women across the country desperate to have a dialogue with yourself and the new President.

The President’s statements coupled with those of his administration truly show how out of touch they are and oblivious to how many Americans feel about their country moving into the wrong direction. With the GOP actively trying to repeal the reproductive rights of women and the rights of LGBTQ Americans, the Women’s March on Washington along with marches more likely to come- will be movements of resistance to not allow this regime to go forward.

What are your thoughts on the Women’s March on Washington? What do you think the new President and his administration will take away from a protest of Millions on his very first day in office? Do you think that it will be the first of many protests against the Trump regime? Share your thoughts with us below in the comments.

(Article By Tasha Sharifa)

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