“Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly,” he tweeted, shortly before claiming to “respect the rights of people to express their views.”
This year, he tried a different, more creative approach: attempting to take ownership of the event to push his own agenda.
“Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for Women to March,” Trump wrote Saturday.
He then urged people to “[g]et out there now to celebrate the historic milestones” he said his administration had achieved, appearing to ignore that the marches largely exist to protest him, his presidency, his rhetoric toward women and his stances on a number of other issues.
Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018
Observers on Twitter were quick to jump in.
“Who wants to tell him?” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) responded wryly.
Some skewered the concept of a pro-Trump Women’s March.
“All those women, marching proudly for the economic success of the Trump administration,” comedian Cody Johnson joked.
Remember to wear your Trump Celebration Hat to the Trump Anniversary parade today! They’re racist-pink with cute little cat ears. https://t.co/AGIZsxa3tm
— Scott Adams (@ScottAdamsSays) January 20, 2018
Others saw the message as being deliberately provocative to belittle the vast movement against him.
Still others relished the idea of Trump watching the Women’s Marches…