Following a colossal protest against Trump, conservatives belittle the protesters

Piers Morgan is worried about “creeping global emasculation.”

Demonstrators attend the Women’s March on Washington near the White House on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. AP Photo/Sait Serkan
Demonstrators attend the Women’s March on Washington near the White House on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. AP Photo/Sait Serkan

In the days after millions of Americans protested against Donald Trump’s presidency, Republican officials have settled on a uniform response: Mockery and belittlement.

The president himself set the tone by asking why the protesters didn’t vote and trying to shift attention to celebrities who spoke at the Women’s March on Washington. Hillary Clinton received almost 2.9 million more votes than Trump.

Not long after sending the first tweet, he walked back his criticism of protesters.

Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, claimed that the millions of protesters “missed an enormous opportunity to really engage with America’s women and men” on Face The Nation on Sunday. Like Trump, she then tried to bring attention to celebrities who attended the march and suggested they only did so to stay relevant.


“You had profanity-laced vulgar comments coming from celebrities,” Conway said. “Donald Trump is his inaugural address talked about the forgotten man or forgotten woman, and now these forgotten celebrities came to deliver really negative messages.”

You can watch the full interview below.

During the march, Madonna said, “To our detractors, that insist that this march will never add up to anything, fuck you.”

She added, “Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”

Michael Flynn, Jr., son of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, claimed on Twitter that the march was unnecessary because women already have equal rights. “What MORE do you want? Free mani/pedis?” he asked.

Some Republican state lawmakers opted for simply mocking protesters’ appearance. On Sunday, Indiana Sen. Jack Sandlin shared a meme featuring a photo of women’s march protesters with the caption, “In one day Trump got more fat women out walking than Michelle Obama did in 8 years.” Approximately 4,500 people marched in Indianapolis, according to The Indianapolis Star.

Later, Sandlin posted on Facebook that he was “not sure how that ended up on my Facebook wall.”

He told the Star, “I don’t believe that I put it there.”

Another Indiana Republican state lawmaker, Jim Lucas, shared a Facebook post on Sunday of a woman getting pepper-sprayed by a police officer with the caption, “Participation trophies, now in liquid form.”

Lucas did not deny responsibility for sharing the meme, however.

“Apparently my sense of humor is not shared by many on the left,” Lucas posted on Facebook hours later.

Piers Morgan, the U.S. editor-at-large for Mail Online, chimed in. Morgan tweeted, “I’m planning a ‘Men’s March’ to protest at the creeping global emasculation of my gender by rabid feminists. Who’s with me?”

Richard Spencer, a white supremacist, retweeted Morgan’s call to action.