In one of the oddest protests ever conceived, feminist women everywhere are getting tattoos of a phrase uttered by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) in order to show their disdain for President Trump.
The phrase "nevertheless, she persisted" has become a rallying cry for activist feminists who believe that the Trump administration is a manifestation of patriarchal sexism. It comes from the outrage generated when Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) was told she was in violation of Congressional rules and told to sit down after she impugned the reputation of fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-S.C.).
McConnell explained that Warren had been warned against reading a letter by Coretta Scott King that accused Sessions of abusing his power to intimidate black people from voting in 1986.
"She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted," he said, enraging feminists who saw this as an act of sexism.
Feminist activists began plastering the saying on T-shirts and bracelets and other paraphernalia to show their support for Warren and opposition to the patriarchy. Some women even tattooed the phrase on themselves to show their defiance against McConnell, President Donald Trump and Sessions, who was confirmed despite the furor.
@SenWarren @elizabethforma Bleeding for the cause #Neverthelessshepersisted https://t.co/LCL71qoBKs— jen (@jen) 1487622809.0
"Nevertheless, she persisted." #shepersisted @SenWarren https://t.co/VkgPDowF65— Liz Cole (@Liz Cole) 1487821156.0
Reuters described a Minneapolis tattoo shop that was overwhelmed with demand for the tattoos:
The tattoo has proven so popular that the Brass Knuckle Tattoo Studio is booked for the month and temporarily ceased taking new appointments.
"Every single women has had a Mitch McConnell or 10 or 20 in her life trying to tell her how to be and what to do," said Nora McInerny, a 34-year-old author and blogger who triggered the tattoo trend with an accidental public Facebook post.
"He said that to insult her, and really he just pointed out a fantastic trait of hers."
In the aftermath of the event that spurred this protest, some conservatives praised McConnell for his actions including radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt who called him brilliant, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) who said the silencing was "long overdue."
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has also targeted a government agency she helped create called the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, considered a great achievement of hers by supporters.