Trump supporters agree with right to protest, though not necessarily motivation behind march

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    Krista Suh, co-creator of the "pussyhat," wears one that she knitted on Jan. 6, 2017 at The Little Knittery in Atwater Village, Calif. (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Monitor staff
Published: 1/22/2017 12:19:44 AM

As they gathered for Friday’s main event – the Presidential Inauguration – Donald Trump supporters had mixed responses to the idea of Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington.

“Everyone has the right to protest, the right to march,” Manchester resident Raymond Hebert, 65, said.

Keith Hirschmann, a Manchester alderman who was at the inauguration with Hebert, said he wasn’t worried about it because he wouldn’t be in Washington, D.C. any longer.

“I’ll be in New Hampshire,” Hirschmann said. “Let ’em march, let them have a ball.”

Both men agreed less with the various sentiments of the march, from being plain anti-Donald Trump to asking for yet-to-be-had gender equality.

“Trump has surrounded himself historically with some of the best women in the United States,” Hirschmann said, naming his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway as an example.

Conway was the first-ever female campaign manager for a Republican presidential nominee.

“Mr. Trump is great himself around women – I just don’t see the spin from the other side,” Hirschmann said.

“I think women are treated as equal as men are,” Hebert added. “They shouldn’t be given any extra privileges.”

And, he said, for those who are just protesting, they should get on board now that the change in power is official.

“People oughta understand the people of the United States have spoken,” he said.

Sherry McGloin, whose family owns a home in Bretton Woods and lives the rest of the year in Rhode Island, agreed.

“It’s against Trump – this is why I have an issue,” she said. She said that if the protest is against Trump’s words and behavior towards, for instance, former Fox News host Megyn Kelly, the same treatment should have been given to Bill Clinton.

“There’s two sides to that coin,” she said.

McGloin added that there seems to be an issue of inclusivity at the Women’s March on Washington. Recent news reports show the organizers of the event have rejected “partnership status” for the Texas anti-abortion group, “New Wave Feminists.”

“Do they believe in the democratic values of abortion: children that can be born are women?” McGloin asked.

McGloin’s husband, Jon, had less of an opinion about the event.

“I don’t know anything about it,” he said.

Norma Valentine, a 46-year-old part-time resident in Greenland, said at the inauguration Friday that she was glad that a lot of her friends were planning on going to the march, even though she voted for Trump. 

“I just hope that it’s peaceful,” she said.  

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