Women inspired by the Women’s March are unseating GOP men
Last January, millions of people took to the streets in support of women’s rights and participated in the Women’s March. It became the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. And it was amazing.
During the march, Atlantic City Freeholder John Carman shared an image of a woman in a kitchen, with the words “Will the women’s protest be over in time for them to cook dinner?” His pathetic “joke” would be seen by the woman who yesterday unseated him.
Democrat Ashley Bennett saw the meme and decided to do something about the anger she was feeling in response to it. She ran against him.
“I was angry about (the Facebook meme), because elected officials shouldn’t be on social media mocking and belittling people who are expressing their concerns about their community and the nation,” Bennett told PBS. She works at as a psychiatric emergency screener in the crisis department at Cape Regional Hospital.
PBS reports Carman said the meme was a “bad choice” but that the women in his life were “strong and confident” enough to not be offended by his joke. Mkay. He was also spotted wearing a jacket with a confederate flag patch last month. He said the patch didn’t have any “racial overtones.”
The seat Bennett won is in a Republican district, and she still managed to win by over 1,000 votes out of 14,000 votes cast. The beauty of the moment is not lost on Twitter.
Ashley Bennett, who ran for local Atlantic County Freeholder after John Carman mocked the women's march, knocked him off the board.
— Amy S. Rosenberg (@amysrosenberg) November 8, 2017
A N.J. Republican mocked the Women's March online.
32-year old Democrat Ashley Bennett was angered by the remark, challenged him in his re-election bid.
She won. https://t.co/rKFSko3BCR
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 8, 2017
Well this is just…*slow clap*https://t.co/ad938ziTyU
— Liz Skoski (@lizskoski) November 8, 2017
Ashley Bennett, who showed up at an Atlantic County Freeholder’s meeting to protest comments made by Freeholder John Carman mocking the Women’s March, and then decided to run for his seat, knocked Carman off the board on Tuesday. Congrats Ashley!https://t.co/LmlnCfKP7f
— Women's March (@womensmarch) November 8, 2017
Looks like Carman now has plenty of time to make his own damn dinner.