|The Sister March in Shipley, West Yorkshire, 21.01.2017|
On Saturday, we marched alongside 1500 others in Shipley, West Yorkshire, joining millions across the globe to make a stand for equality, justice and human rights as part of the Women’s March, organised to protest against the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the United States. According to the figures, our small Yorkshire town hosted more marchers than Rome. Why? Because our MP – Philip Davies – publicly nailed his colours to the Trump mast, claiming he would vote for Donald Trump “in a heartbeat if I could.”
Our two daughters, aged 7 & 10, joined us on the protest. We spoke to them about
Donald Trump and the things he said and did during the election campaign. They watched videos of him on YouTube. They were interested to hear that our MP supported him and wanted to know why – “Why would Philip Davies want to vote for someone who says it’s ok to grab someone if you think they’re beautiful?”
So, on their behalf, I asked him. Here’s our email exchange, in case others are interested in his answer…
Dear Mr Davies,
At the end of September last year, an article written by you was published in Heat Street in which you endorsed Donald Trump, saying you would vote for him “in a heartbeat”.
At the beginning of October, comments made by Trump in which he boasted about groping women were made public, after the publication of your article.
I can find no public record of your response to this and would like to know whether you made any? If not, perhaps you could clarify whether you would still have voted for him after these comments came to light?
As a female constituent and a parent of two daughters, I would be very interested in your views on this matter.
What Donald Trump said about groping women was completely unacceptable – something I believe he acknowledged himself.
In answer to your question, I still would have voted for Trump because he would still have been standing against Hilary Clinton – who I consider to be the worst and most corrupt candidate in recent times.
Would you have still voted for Bill Clinton after he took advantage of a young female intern in the way he did. Would you still have voted for Hilary after she got private investigators to go to all the women Bill Clinton had affairs with and threaten them if they ever mentioned it in public in order to help Bill’s election prospects?
Would you? I am sure you would.
Amazing how the so called feminists were so quiet about the Clintons.
As I say, it is not their feminist views that motivates these people, it is their socialist views. It is a shame they can’t be honest about that.
You mention Trump’s apology for his comments – during which he dismissed them as “nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we’re facing today”, hardly a heartfelt apology and showing a complete failure to understand the serious impact of sexual assault – then you write about the allegations against the Clintons on the basis that that makes them unfit for office.
This is not about the Clintons – you have deflected my questions onto them. Hillary Clinton didn’t win the presidential election.
You have answered that you do still endorse Trump, despite the comments he made and his flimsy apology.
The truth is, you didn’t need to endorse anyone in this election. You did and you stand by that endorsement, I assume because Trump’s approach and political stance on areas you agree with are more important to you than the comments he made about women. You have every right, of course, to take this stance.
I was seeking clarity on where you stood because my politically aware girls ask lots of questions and I wanted to be fair to you when I answered them.
You don’t know what I would or wouldn’t have emailed you about if Hillary Clinton had won the election. You didn’t endorse her candidacy. You take a rude and accusatory tone with me about Hillary Clinton as a defensive stance based on unfounded assumptions about me, rather than answering the questions I was actually asking.
If you have nothing more to say, I shall answer my daughters based on the replies you have sent.
Thank you for your time.
We think that character and integrity are hugely important factors to consider, so I’m not sure my girls will agree with your justification, but I will certainly make sure they understand the position you have chosen to take.
Indeed, and Hillary Clinton was certainly lacking in integrity at least as much as Trump.Therefore the election had to be determined by other factors.
As promised, I’ve just spoken to my daughters about Trump, Clinton, & Philip Davies. We talked about a lot of things – things that people allege about others, things that people say themselves, politics, power, the option to spoil ballot papers and refuse the choice put in front of you. And we talked about how, as a British MP, Philip Davies didn’t actually have to choose which candidate he would vote for – he could have publicly declared that he didn’t think either of them was fit for office. Or not commented publicly on the Presidential Election at all. They’ve just brought me a note, asking me to email him back and tell him they say no to Trump and Clinton – “tell him he didn’t have to choose.” I love my girls.
|Our 7 year old, inspired by the poets on the march, wrote her own poem…|