Jacques: The double standard of the Women’s March

Ingrid Jacques
The Detroit News

It was hard to watch the swarms of women sporting pink beanies on Saturday and not feel some sort of girl power pride.

About half a million marchers descended on Washington, D.C., and many more events took place around the country, including Lansing. It was an organic movement that arose on social media in direct response to Donald Trump’s winning the White House.

Yet after listening to many of the speeches at the events and looking at the signs these women (and men) were sporting, it became obvious the protesters didn’t represent all women. They definitely didn’t represent conservative women. Or women who identify as pro-life. Those ladies were told they weren’t welcome. At least they’ll have a voice today at the March for Life in D.C., which attracts several hundred thousand supporters each year.

For the most part, Women’s Marchers were riled because Hillary Clinton didn’t win the presidency and they somehow got trapped in a nightmare where Trump is their president.

Hollywood celebrities led the parade.

“I’m angry,” Madonna said at the rally. “Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House. But I know that this won’t change anything. We cannot fall into despair. ... It took this horrific moment of darkness to wake us the f--- up.”

Offensive for sure. But, hey, she’s a woman so she gets a free pass.

It struck me as ironic that all these women who were outraged and offended by Trump’s “Access Hollywood” comments (from 11 years ago) seemed to boast similar vulgarity and lewdness.

They took Trump’s line about groping women by the private parts and ran with it. It’s what inspired the pink hats with the kitty ears. Some signs used the word that had been so offensive in the first place.

And while these women said they embraced immigrants and minorities, apparently that didn’t include the first lady, who is from Slovenia.

Comedian Chelsea Handler, who was a prominent part of the Women’s March in Park City, Utah, said she’d never have Melania Trump on her show because she “barely speaks English.” She went on to say she has no respect for either Trump.

And uber-liberal documentary filmmaker Michael Moore didn’t want to be left out of the action just because he’s male. He showed off his inner feminist at the D.C. march by trashing fellow Michigan native Betsy DeVos (a woman), who is Trump’s nominee to become secretary of education. Moore hates that DeVos stands for school choice, which apparently is not part of the left’s pro-choice dogma.

A lot of women are also worried that DeVos will end the crusade the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has had against campus sexual assault. DeVos raised concern that due process has been erased for many accused students, as universities struggle to meet the government’s demands. Both young men and women deserve basic rights. That doesn’t mean DeVos thinks sexual assault is ever OK.

A march that was supposed to be about uplifting women turned into a politically charged event that ostracized a big swath of the female population.

The Women’s March participants should keep in mind that women helped push Trump to victory. Half of white women in Michigan made that choice — a higher percentage of support than Clinton got.

Last I checked, women have a lot to celebrate. Women are CEOs. Women are senators. Women are governors. There are more women in college than men. A woman was almost elected president, and that glass ceiling will break soon.

Conservative women also care about their country—and their fellow women. Their voices should be heard, too.

Twitter: @ingrid_jacques