Twitter went into a brief hysteria as outraged American citizens took to the social media platform to express their anger over the hashtag #RepealThe19th. Numerous media outlets reported that “Trump supporters” were “demanding” that the 19th Amendment, the amendment that gave women the right to vote, be repealed after a map posted by FiveThirtyEight showed that Trump would win if women were excluded from the voting pool.
The post made the rounds with a few female users joking that they would voluntarily give up their right to vote to secure a Trump win. While some may have been serious, they were hardly advocating for the repeal of the 19th Amendment. There was no indication that users were seriously considering, let alone “demanding,” that the amendment be repealed.
— ALWAYS TRUMP! (@Always_Trump) October 13, 2016
However, that didn’t stop the media from reporting that “Trump supporters” were calling for the repeal. The outrage only grew as #RepealThe19th began to trend. However, contrary to what the mainstream media may have you believe, it was not Trump supporters that caused the hashtag to go viral, it was actually the media’s coverage of a few users joking about the implications of the map. Here are some of the headlines that were reported in the mainstream media following approximately seven tweets to the social media platform.
With so much media coverage from big-name publications, one would assume that the call for the repeal of the 19th Amendment must have been strong for such varying coverage. So which Twitter users were “demanding” the #RepealThe19th?
After scanning the full hashtag list, it was hard to find any users in support of the unconstitutional ban. However, it seems that the media preyed on a few select accounts to make their case that “Trump supporters” wanted the ban put into place. Here are all the only “pro”#RepealThe19th tweets I could find, and these were only found with a lot of digging. It was pretty difficult to find anyone that honestly seemed to support this ban, let alone a rash of Trump supporters promoting the hashtag as many of the news articles suggested.
— CT Christian 4 Trump (@TracyOgrodnik) October 12, 2016
— Haunted Holly????✝️???? (@HollyAnswers) October 11, 2016
— Lilo313 (@London313) October 12, 2016
In fact, women were excluded from politics because politics were created by men, as an alternative to warfare, a male domain. #RepealThe19th
— Deplorable Eli (@MartianHoplite) October 13, 2016
So, there you have it. The six people that started the #RepealThe19th viral trend that are now, according to the mainstream media, representing the whole of Trump supporters. Though the #RepealThe19th did end up trending on Twitter, it wasn’t for the reasons that many on Twitter seemed to believe. It trended due to users getting on the platform to decry such an outrageous plan. If you search Twitter for #RepealThe19th, you will be hard-pressed to find anyone that would support such a move. Instead, you will find thousands of people fully supporting women’s right to vote. Here are the types of tweets that kept the hashtag trending.
Trump supporters: We’re using #RepealThe19th in response to math showing women can decide this election.
Women: Sorry, we’re busy voting. pic.twitter.com/ZVaIfKxFK7
— Kate Black (@KateBlackDC) October 12, 2016
#repealthe19th makes me sick. girls, pls make sure u vote. women before us fought hard for us to have this right. dont take it for granted.
— Sam Fazz (@SamFazz) October 13, 2016
— Rachel Griffin (@rachelgriffin22) October 13, 2016
Therefore, after searching Twitter, it appears that there is no movement by Trump supporters to repeal the 19th Amendment but rather a huge showing of support for women and their right to vote.
This is how easily manipulated our country is…
— Jared Wyand???????? (@JaredWyand) October 12, 2016
What do you think about the media outlets that ran pieces on “Trump supporters” demanding the repeal of the 19th Amendment based on a select few tweets? With headlines like “some Trump supporters want to take away women’s right to vote,” did you assume there was a much larger movement than six individuals? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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