Kansas City’s “nasty women” turned out in force at a rally Saturday afternoon in downtown Kansas City and said they were eager to send a message to Donald Trump.
“You know what we’re going to be celebrating on election day?” said Paula Willmarth, president of the Missouri State Women’s Political Caucus. “Madam President, if you please.”
Carrying signs reading, “Nasty and Proud,” “What Glass Ceiling?” and “This P**** Grabs Back,” the 200 or so women gathered at Washington Park said they were determined to throw Trump’s now famous description of Hillary Clinton as a “nasty woman” back in his face.
“This country is great,” said Jackson County Legislator Crystal Williams. “I don’t need some orange misogynist racist telling me otherwise.”
Never miss a local story.
She said women were “traumatized, p***** off and exhausted. But we are strong, driven and ready to win this thing.”
Speaker after speaker said she was confident that Clinton would win Tuesday as would fellow Democrats Jason Kander for the U.S. Senate and Chris Koster for governor.
Other speakers included Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, Kansas City Council members Alissia Canady and Jolie Justus, state Rep. Judy Morgan and AFL-CIO secretary-treasurer Elizabeth Shuler.
“I feel really good,” Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill said in an interview. “Secretary Clinton really did the blocking and tackling in a lot of key states, setting up the infrastructure so that we could identify our voters and make sure we mobilize our voters. That is a process that takes months and months and an investment. She very wisely made that investment because she’s a wise leader.
“Because of that, because of the thoughtful way she’s gone about this campaign, she’ll be elected president on Tuesday.”
She also said Democrats boast of a solid statewide get-out-the-vote network that will bolster Democratic totals.
McCaskill said women remain angry at Trump for his comments about women.
“Donald Trump went too far,” McCaskill said. “There’s never been a president that we didn’t want our children to emulate. There’s never been a president that we were embarrassed of in terms of how he’s lived his life and what he says. This would be the first time in our history that we will need to protect our children from the president.”