As more than a million people took part in women’s marches across the globe, female supporters of President Trump in states that swung the election in his favor questioned the message the large-scale protests sent.
“People have the right to protest and freedom of speech and expression; I just don’t agree with this,” Tracey Winbush told the Herald on a bus taking her from the inauguration to her home in Youngstown, Ohio.
“They’re speaking for a select group of women, not all women,” Winbush said. “They’re not speaking for me, they’re not speaking for us.”
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Winbush said her idea of women’s rights differs from many of the marchers.
“You have the right to do whatever you want to,” she said, “just don’t call it a women’s march.”
Organizers had described the march as a show of support for a variety of issues, including access to abortion, LGBT rights, climate change and racial justice.
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Others at the inauguration questioned the purpose of the protests at all.
“What is it you’re so angry about?” asked Jacqueline Anderson of St. Paul, Minn.
Marchers demanded equal rts 4 women & also 4 Muslims. Around world, Muslim Sisters going "U may want to talk to Muslim Bros about that."
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) January 21, 2017
Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 22, 2017
“They need to figure out what their mission is,” Anderson added, “because the average person doesn’t understand why they have that level of anger.”
Vulva hat woman at Boston Commons. Sign reads: "if I incorporate my uterus will you damn republicans stop trying to regulate it?" pic.twitter.com/5AWLmNdaqG
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Herald wire services contributed to this report.
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