Monday, January 23, 2017

Trump defensive about Women's Protest Marches, which exceeded all expectations in participation

Estimates are now coming in from the 700+ protest marches and rallies held not only in the U.S. but in countries around the world.   In almost every case, the size of the crowds vastly exceeded expectations, sometimes as much as a magnitude of eight times.

The quotes that follow are from an enthusiastic, left-leaning group, so they may be on the high end.   But most people seem to agree that the Washington, D.C. crowd exceeded 500,000, and some would put it over 600,000.   Los Angeles estimated crowd size:  750,000;  New York City 400,000;  Chicago 150,000;   Portland, Oregon 100,000;  Minneapolis 90,000;  Madison, WI 75,000;  Atlanta 60,000 (which included four of my family).

Worldwide estimates, including the U.S.,  are now creeping up toward 3 million.   A friend of mine who lives in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada attended a protest march there.  The city's mayor, Elizabeth May, participated and adamantly declared that Trump will be called on every move where an injustice occurs.    That's from our Canadian friends.

Donald Trump expressed puzzlement over the Women's March, tweeting out:   "Why didn't these people vote?"   He's implying what he has said explicitly:   that he won the vote overwhelmly.

But he didn't.  Not at all.  Get this straight, Mr. President.   You won the Electoral College vote.   You lost the popular vote by somewhere between 2.8 million and 3 million votes to Hillary Clinton.    So, when you say, "why didn't these people vote?" -- the answer is that they probably did.   And that's why Clinton won the popular vote.

Until he acknowledges that and begins to speak to all the people, there is no chance for unity -- no matter how many times he or Kellyanne Conway or Sean Spicer say the meaningless words that are not backed up by actions.


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