The American College of Nurse -Midwives is holding our annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. We are almost 2000 strong and had the unfortunate luck to have Mr. Trump decide to hold his rally in the middle of our conference. Security around the facility became apparent very early in the morning of May, 24th and by 2:00 the streets around the facility had been blocked off. By 4:00 PM attendees for the rally stretched around the building of the conference center and protesters began lining the streets in front of our conference and around our hotels.
By now, the violence outside of the rally have been reported on all of the major news outlets around the country. Having been on the ground and having had the opportunity to witness the protest; I can tell you that the protesters were mainly peaceful and were simply exercising their right to free speech granted by the constitution of the United States of America. What I object to is the blanket statement made on twitter by Mr. Trump that the protesters were “thugs”.
The protesters in New Mexico were thugs who were flying the Mexican flag. The rally inside was big and beautiful, but outside, criminals!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2016
Does this young woman look like a thug to you? A criminal?
Certified Nurse-Midwives have a master’s degree in Nursing/Midwifery, many have doctoral degrees. We are trained to take care of mothers and babies in hospitals, birth centers and in homes. We have prescriptive authority and the ability to diagnose common illnesses and to prescribe treatments for those illnesses. Hardly thugs!!!
These young ladies came out to support the women and citizens of New Mexico.
Mr Trump’s words are offensive not only to us, but to everyone.
There were many different protesters in the crowd. Young, old, Latino, Native American, Caucasian, women, men, gay, straight, educated…not. Who cares? Calling people names serves no purpose and undermines our ability to come together to work for a common cause. I am sorry that a few people chose violence. I do not condone this. But the truth is, this was not the majority. I think that some of this violence rests not only with the perpetrators but with Mr Trump himself. Could it be that Mr. Trump’s derogatory comments toward minorities make people feel disenfranchised? His statements of unification ring quite hollow. Maybe Mr. Trump should do some soul searching to find the reason for some of this violence.
The news media does not follow peaceful protestors. It really does not make for a good story on the 11:00 news. Also, Mr. Trump’s narrative of the situation does not hold water. We cannot as a nation sit by and let this bully continue to sell “his” version of the truth when it simply is not so. We deserve better.