High-profile Republican women are calling on their fellow conservative females to make their voices heard at a time when many feel they are under attack by forces on the Left.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee hosted former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp, and Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance, among others, as part of a Monday “Women’s Empowerment Roundtable” honoring Women’s History Month and encouraging conservative women to speak up.
“I really, truly believe this is an Esther moment for conservative women,” Nance said, referring to a story from the Bible. “Women of faith often know that story of a woman who was an orphan who was plucked from obscurity by the hand of God and made the queen of the vast Persian empire. Because of what was happening to her people, she was called forth to speak truth to power to the king who didn’t necessarily want to hear it, but in that scripture, it says, ‘Perhaps you were born for such a time as this,’ and I truly believe that we were all born for this moment.”
Blackburn agreed, saying, “It is conservative women that are going to put this nation back on track.”
McEnany used her speaking time as a call to action.
“We as conservative women need to speak louder than the media that attempts to silence us,” she said.
Another participant compared censorship in the United States to efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to suppress opposing views.
“If you look at the way [China is] silencing women, we cannot allow that to happen in the U.S., and I’m afraid that that is what the left. It’s no different than the [CCP] as far as they are not leading by principle. They’re leading by their own self-interest,” former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Kelly Craft said. “We cannot allow the Left, which I see this is what’s happening, to start silencing women as they do in China.”
Blackburn, who accused the Left of attempting to force the “Stepford Wives of liberalism” to conform to a singular political ideology, concurred.
“Sameness is what they’re after,” she said.
When asked by the Washington Examiner how they would attempt to persuade women who felt alienated by former President Donald Trump’s rhetoric about women or the accusations against him, those who answered said that though he could be brash in his comments, Trump delivered results.
“One of the things that I’ve had women mention to me, whether they are Democrat, Republican, [or] independent, one of the things that they appreciated about Donald Trump was that he believed in them. He believed in the individual to have the opportunity,” Blackburn said.
Katie Pavlich, a Fox News contributor and editor of Townhall.com, said Trump’s “actions speak a lot louder than [his] words.”
“When you actually look at the record, it’s very equal when it comes to men and women, and I thought that’s what we were looking for,” she added.
Nance, who argued Trump was more of “a bodyguard” than “a pastor or boyfriend” for evangelical women, said Trump delivered better policies than his successor despite his unorthodox style.
“What I would say to people who were bothered by his rhetoric, and I didn’t love every single thing that came out of his mouth or that he tweeted, what I would say is, ‘How’s this workin’ out for ya? How’s Joe Biden workin’ out for ya?'” she said, later adding, “There’s no perfect president, but Donald Trump followed through on his promises.”
Republicans have increasingly accused “cancel culture” of resulting in censorship of conservative voices, particularly by social media companies, which collectively moved to de-platform the former president in the wake of the Capitol Hill siege on Jan. 6. Democrats have largely argued that these concerns are unfounded, saying the allegations of Big Tech favoritism are not supported by evidence.
“There is no evidence that there is any bias [from technology companies]. … The evidence is anecdotal so far, [and] we don’t operate on anecdotes. We operate on facts and data,” Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, told the Washington Examiner.