Officials Face Backlash After Women's March Insults

Some described marchers as 'fat women walking'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2017 11:09 AM CST
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Thousand attended the Women's March Indianapolis rally.   (Mykal McEldowney/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

More than 3 million women joined women's marches around the country and around the world on Sunday—and more than one elected official appears to have forgotten that women vote. In several states, lawmakers and other official faced angry backlashes after insulting marchers. A roundup:

  • Judge Bailey Moseley, who serves on Texas' 6th Court of Appeals in Texarkana, deleted a Facebook post after heavy criticism, the Star-Telegram reports. "Just think about this," wrote Moseley. "After just one day in office, Trump managed to achieve something that no one else has been able to do: he got a million fat women out walking." DallasNews notes that Moseley's website claims that he is "known for his strong integrity."

  • In Indiana, state Sen. Jack Sandlin withdrew a similar Facebook post describing the marchers as "fat women walking," the Indianapolis Star reports. He apologized and said he wasn't sure how the meme ended up on his wall. Another state Republican, Rep. Jim Lucas, refused to delete a Facebook post showing a woman getting pepper-sprayed in the face with the caption: "Participation trophies now in liquid form."
  • WRAL reports that in North Carolina, newly elected state insurance commissioner Mike Causey, a Republican, apologized after sharing yet another "fat women walking" post. "This does not reflect my feelings toward women, and in the future, we will manage social media in a more responsible manner," he said in a statement Monday.
  • In Mississippi, state Sen. Chris McDaniel is taking flak for a Facebook post in which he describes the millions of marchers as "unhappy liberal women," WLOX reports. "If they can afford all those piercings, tattoos, body paintings, signs, and plane tickets, then why do they want us to pay for their birth control?" the Republican wonders.
  • The insults, like the marches, were global. "Don't these clowns have anything else better to do with their time other than to hold sad, anti-democracy protests?" Australian far-right leader Pauline Hanson said in a Facebook post, wondering why people were walking around in the summer heat protesting the American president. But "I suppose it's good that they were out and about and doing a bit of walking because it looked like a few of them needed to get a bit of sun and do a bit exercise." notes that the One Nation party leader may have been annoyed by one of the chants that could be heard from Brisbane protesters: "Donald Trump, go to hell. Take One Nation there as well."
(More Women's March stories.)

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