Women March, Men Meme
This past weekend was a busy one in the world of American democracy. We saw a peaceful transition of power, a new President take office and millions of women across the country march in response to it. Everyone seemed to have reactions and opinions to all of it. Crowd size comparisons. Alternative facts. Facebook pontifications about why women marched and why they didn’t need to march.
I happen to be a Republican woman who understands many of the reasons these women were marching. Over the weekend, a few of the men in my Party highlighted those reasons.
Just before heading to bed on Sunday night, I saw a friend had shared Facebook post from State Senator Jack Sandlin with a meme noting that Trump had gotten more fat women to exercise on day one than Michelle Obama’s efforts had in eight years.
Sadly, I wasn’t exactly surprised. Senator Sandlin and I have disagreed on many things throughout the years. I thought the post was in poor taste, the claim that he didn’t know how it had been posted was ridiculous, and that it was a stupid, unforced error. I rolled my eyes and went to bed.
By this morning, the post had gotten shared more and someone posted a picture of another meme shared by yet another Indiana Republican legislator, State Representative Jim Lucas. This meme is truly appalling. It shows a police officer in riot gear pepper spraying a woman directly in the face and reads “Participation trophies, now in liquid form.” Representative Lucas’ comment on this lovely image was, “Today’s giggle…”
Are we honestly shocked that millions of women are fearful of what will happen under Republican leadership when this is the response from our GOP elected officials? Not just some guy on Facebook. Elected officials.
This is 110 percent unacceptable. You are elected officials. You are supposed to be leaders. Furthermore, you are supposed to be adult, grown men. You’re not a comedian. You aren’t on Saturday Night Live. You are supposed to represent all of your constituents, which are probably more women than men if your district matches up to general population numbers. And, as a Republican, you are making us all look terrible.
You should be trying to figure out why we just had a rally of women in Indianapolis that was larger than the RFRA protest was last spring when our state was in absolute turmoil. You should be trying to figure out why we only have sixteen women out of 110 Republican state legislators. Instead, you’re making jokes like a couple of kids on a playground.
The difference, of course, is that kids on a playground still have plenty of time to grow up and become thoughtful, respectful adults. What’s your excuse, fellas?