Why? One of the men present told me you could summarize it with a single word: “Hillary!” Another described it with a variant on Trump’s famous proposition to black voters, which these white people clearly felt applied to them, too: “Whaddaya got to lose by making a change?”
Certain predictable conservative issues came up: meddlesome government, for example. Farmers these men knew of complained bitterly about the Environmental Protection Agency. Small bankers, too, were said to feel micromanaged. “We don’t like to be told what to do, how to do it,” someone said.
But it was not all standard-issue Republican talking points. These men groused about how big banks avoided being taken over by the FDIC, they used “Goldman Sachs” as verbal shorthand for wealth and influence, and I even heard complaints about billionaires controlling the state’s political process.
What did crop up persistently when I talked to this group was a disgust with the perceived moral haughtiness of liberals. More than one member of the club referred to himself as one of Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables”, for example. There was resentment of “Ivy League graduates” who felt entitled to “micromanage the rest of the country”.
These men saw liberals as loudmouthed Pharisees, intolerant moralists who demanded that the rest of the nation snap into line – an exact reverse of the John Ashcroft stereotype liberals used to hold of conservatives.
Everyone I spoke to that morning seemed to take for granted that liberals held some kind of unfair moral- or decibel-based advantage over conservatives. Hillary voters were “the vocal ones”, a man told me. “Conservatives were afraid to speak up because of criticism from liberals,” he continued, “and by God, we showed them.”
I would say that the Mishmash March was just that; an attempt to drown out and bully any dissent. They couldn’t present a coherent message, just nutty rhetoric, whining and vagina costumes (no boob representations for some odd reason). Perhaps the message was — “look at the shit that we can get away with. You can’t get away with anything. What are you gonna do about it?”
The answer of course from above is “by God we showed them”. Trump is their champion. He stood up to the women by ignoring them as they rightly deserve. Perhaps he could have mocked them like they truly are worthy of, but probably his team decided that was not politically wise to do at that time. As for being their champion, his supporters will stick with him through thick and thin as long as he pushes their cause. The women Mishmash Marchers might want to recalibrate based on this.