To the editor:
In our “alternative fact” era, I suppose I should not have been so offended by Mr. Capps characterization of Mr. Trump’s inauguration weekend.
I was part of the Women’s March in D.C. that Mr. Capps said “was properly labeled by liberal news media as having turned nasty... At last count, some 250 weekend ‘protestors’ have been arrested on felony charges of ‘inciting riot.’”
Perhaps Mr. Capps was referring to the riots that occurred on Friday, Jan. 20; but his statement gives the sense that he is speaking about The Women’s March.
That is an “alternate fact.” It is not true.
Not a single arrest or police incident occurred other than people needing medical help during The Women’s March. Not one single arrest.
Shame on him, but he is merely following the White House’s lead with lying.
What is happening when, with a straight face, newspaper writers can create alternate facts and publish them as truth? Mr. Capps’ hatred of liberals must justify this in his mind. But a lie, is a lie, is a lie.
Mr. Capp’s point about Madonna is understood. For all the positive, uplifting messages that were shared, Madonna’s was the one the media chose to soundbite. My opinion is that she was awful. When she spoke and dropped the F-bomb not once, but twice, I cringed and told my daughter, “This is what conservatives will glean from the entire day — Madonna’s foul mouth!”
The day was not about celebrity, though there were quite a few. It was not about politicians giving approval or permission. The Women’s March was a grassroots reaction to what people have thought of as the normalization of bigotry, misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia and the rise of nationalism with Mr. Trump. We didn’t need Madonna there to give the march validation and I wish she had stayed off the stage.