Women’s March Doesn’t Respect Women Who Don’t Think Like Them

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Women’s March activists participate in a nationwide protest against President Trump’s decision to fill the seat on the Supreme Court before the 2020 election, in Washington, October 17, 2020. (Michael A. McCoy/Reuters)

Over the weekend, Independent Women’s Forum, in partnership with Independent Women’s Voice, planned an event to give voice to all the women who aren’t represented by the Women’s March. We talked to the property authorities to make sure we were following the rules so that we could lawfully gather outside of the Supreme Court. We showed up early on Saturday morning to set up a stage and podium, and set up materials, including face masks, buttons, signs, hand sanitizers, and social distancing spots to guide people to stay safe during the event. We lined up an impressive group of women to share their different perspectives.

We knew other groups were also planning to gather in front of the Supreme Court, with a variety of perspectives and in support of different causes. We’d been informed that the space was first-come-first-serve but were told we needed to be respectful of others. So we showed up early to claim a good space, but were also prepared to make room for others.

When our event kicked off at 1 p.m., it started out smoothly. Tammy Bruce was emceeing the event and she made note of the other groups around us, including the Black Lives Matter crowd that had begun to gather. She noted that we may not agree on everything, but also probably did have some common ground.

The Black Lives Matter crowd began playing music, a man with a mic led chants, and it got louder and louder. That was frustrating — it seemed that their intention was to drown us out — but we kept going in spite of the noise.

During remarks from Hollywood actress Kristy Swanson, who has lost work because she dared to be an independent woman who speaks and thinks for herself, the man at the BLM rally with the mic said, “That wasn’t loud enough, she didn’t stop talking.” As our event was nearing the end, participants in the Women’s March and BLM descended on our space. They were not interested in respecting the rights of those already there. They crowded into where we had gathered, aggressively confronted those there in support of our cause, and displayed signs and swag, a sad proportion of which were profane and vulgar. Displaying such signs and images is their constitutional right, but it was certainly unwelcomed, especially by those who had brought children to the event.

Our speakers tried to carry on, but we realized it was useless. As our last speaker wrapped up, a member of the Women’s March pushed her way onto our stage. Others pushed to the front where we had gathered, many yelling curses at our staff. The whole concept of “social distancing,” which we had worked to respect since we have some higher-risk colleagues who had wanted to attend, was thrown out the


Trump doesn’t just need ‘suburban women’ to ‘like’ him. He’s actually doing worse with all white voters than in 2016.

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At his rally Tuesday in Johnstown, Pa., President Trump briefly veered off script to beseech one particular — and pivotal — slice of the electorate.

“Suburban women, will you please like me?” Trump asked. “Please. Please. I saved your damn neighborhood, OK?”

The president’s tone was lightly mocking, although his reference to saving their “neighborhood” (from low-income housing and the people it would bring) continued his barely disguised appeal to prejudice.

a man wearing a suit and tie: President Trump at the White House on Tuesday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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President Trump at the White House on Tuesday. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The electoral concerns that provoked Trump’s plea, however, are very real. It’s no secret that the president has struggled with college-educated white women (often referred to as “suburban women,” the successors to “soccer moms”). According to exit polls, he lost them by 7 percentage points to Hillary Clinton in 2016, four years after Republican Mitt Romney won them by 6; in 2018 they broke for Democrats by 20 points, flipping the U.S. House of Representatives. 


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Yet now, in the homestretch of the 2020 campaign, Trump not only appears to be performing even worse than before among college-educated white women, he’s also doing worse among white voters in general. 

By partnering with YouGov to track the views of 13 key demographic groups (including suburban voters, Latino voters and white seniors) across nine important metrics (such as vote intention, Trump approval and the direction of the country), Yahoo News has identified several weak spots for the president among the white voters on whom he has pinned his hopes of reelection.

Consider the following chart, which compares the results of the Sept. 23 Yahoo News/YouGov survey of 2,566 registered voters; the Oct. 3 survey of 3,970 registered voters; and the Oct. 11 survey of 3,004 registered voters. 

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Since the first general election debate (Sept. 29), Trump’s hospitalization for COVID-19 (Oct. 3), his subsequent release (Oct. 6) and his return to the campaign trail (Oct. 12), the president’s support among college-educated white women has fallen to 34 percent while Joe Biden’s has risen to 55 percent. As a result, Biden’s lead among these voters has grown to 21 points — triple Clinton’s 2016 margin.  

If Biden’s advantage here were to hold through Election Day, Trump would need to compensate by performing better than he did in 2016 with other white voters. (At the moment, his support among Black voters [7 percent] and Latino voters [28 percent] matches his 2016 numbers [8 percent and 28 percent, respectively].) 

But again, Trump is currently faring worse with other white voters, not better. 

The one bright spot for Trump is white women without college degrees, who have at least trended in his direction during the past three weeks. On Sept. 23 the president led Biden by 15 points (50 percent to 35 percent) with these voters; today he leads by 16 (53 percent to 37 percent).

The problem for Trump, however, is that these gains don’t even return him to his