Donald Trump never met a fight that he did not want to have. After over 2.6 million people took to the streets in 600 cities on Saturday to protest the policies and past statements of the new president, he headed to Twitter earlier today to hit back in a strong way. Mr. Trump dismissed the protesters as people living in a different reality ignoring the fact that the country just had an election. The controversial businessman said those marching probably did not go vote.
Social media reacted angrily to the initial tweet, and Trump was forced to send a second one that was a bit more presidential. Here is what Trump told his critics: “Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”
The tone of the tweet was blasted by the media and liberal voices because it contained nothing about reaching out to the protesters and addressing some of their concerns. One hour after the controversy started, Trump pushed out a second tweet that was closer to what one would expect from a president. The new tweet read: “Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don’t always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.”
The Women’s March on Washington was the largest peaceful protest in U.S. history. Close to 3 million protesters marched in American cities demanding that the country keep moving forward when it comes to the treatment of women.
Some experts are comparing this new movement to the Tea Party, which slowed the Obama presidency in 2009. Nonetheless, there are a few differences; Trump lost the popular vote by almost 3 million ballots, and his favorable ratings are around 37 percent.