Assertion (n): a declaration
In logic and reasoning or scientific discussion, an assertion is a declaration without supporting evidence. In propaganda, an assertion is a point made to persuade someone to a conclusion without giving evidence for that assertion. In a debate, an assertion can be defeated by presenting counter evidence which highlights that the speaker’s trial balloon is full of hot air and nothing more.
President Trump made the following assertion in a Tweet on Sunday 7/22/17:
“Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn’t these people vote? Celebs hurt cause badly.”
His assertion is that the people attending the Women’s March did not vote, and thus are a bunch of whiners. I sent him my response to clarify some data that does not support his unsubstantiated position:
Dear President Trump, January 22, 2017
Congratulations on your recent inauguration. I look forward to a lively term in office, given your style of campaigning for the election.
In one of your Twitter messages today (Sunday, January 22, 2017), you asked rhetorical questions about the Women’s March on Saturday, January 21, 2017. I wanted to answer these questions from my perspective.
First, you questioned why those marching had not voted in the election. For clarification, I and my three companions to the march did vote. I cannot account for the other 589,996 estimated marchers.
Second, you questioned why we were marching. For myself, I was marching for my wife, the female co-worker and friend who were with me. I was marching for my mother and aunts. I was marching for my sisters-in-law. I was marching for my nieces. As a therapist, I was marching for many of my female clients.
You may have been wondering about those silly pink caps with cat-ears. The accusations about your sexual advances toward numerous women, whether accurate or not, touched many of us. Moreover, your dismissive, callous response to these accusations, brought up awful memories of personal abuses of power by men toward women.
I know women who have been terribly violated by rape and human-trafficking. More often, the man used his position for less penetrating offenses such as copping a feel or pressuring a woman for sexual favors.
My concern is how you use power to belittle and intimidate other’s. Maybe those who voted for you like your “My way or the highway” attitude, but his is not a way to govern. Under those silly pink caps are a lot of smart women (and men) who will call you on your bullying behavior.
One of the speakers who impressed me at the march was Senator Kamala from California. She recited what are “women’s issues”: the economy, national security, health care, climate change, criminal justice reform, education, immigration reform, student debt, black-lives, equal pay… I marched to highlight that I want you to address women’s issues, such as these.