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Byron York: Scenes from a pussy riot

Jan. 21, 2017: Protesters gather on the National Mall in Washington. (FoxNews.com)

January 21, 2017

Who knew President Trump’s lewd 2005 “Access Hollywood” video, particularly his ugly “grab ’em by the pussy” line, would start a movement? A lot of political observers thought it would sink his presidential candidacy — wrong — but few might have predicted it would bring hundreds of thousands of pussy-obsessed protesters to Washington. And yet that is what happened with the Women’s March on Saturday, the day after Trump’s inauguration.

People bring signs to protest marches. At some demonstrations, there are hundreds or thousands of professionally-printed placards, each bearing the small-print note that they were produced by, say, the AFL-CIO or NARAL. That’s a sure sign of out-in-the-open astroturfing.

The Women’s March wasn’t that. There were zillions of signs, and only a tiny minority were professionally done. Instead, nearly all the signs were homemade, apparently heartfelt expressions of deep feelings on the part of the marchers. Some of the signs seemed angry, but the people carrying them mostly did not. Many of the signs were all over the lot, plain-vanilla denunciations of Donald Trump or Republicans; there were immigration-based signs, gun control-based signs, Muslim rights-based signs, signs about Trump’s combover.

But many, many signs were rooted in the “Access Hollywood” video — a fixation which suggests protesters will try to make the video a recurring theme in resistance to President Trump. If that’s the case, then here, from the Women’s March, is a preview of things to come.

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