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Feminists are tattooing Mitch McConnell’s words on their bodies to protest Trump

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For some feminists protesting President Donald Trump, it was time to make a commitment.

Women have taken the phrase “nevertheless, she persisted” and turned it into a feminist battle cry, getting it tattooed on their bodies forever as a sort of raised fist to what they see as Trump’s sexism.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell is credited with the words which he used in speaking about the outrage over Sen. Elizabeth Warren being told to sit down during a Senate debate.

The Massachusetts Democrat was told she was in violation of Congressional rules when she continued to go off on fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions and was reprimanded by McConnell.

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” the Senate Majority Leader explained later, igniting feminists who decried Warren’s treatment as patriarchal sexism.

The phrase found its way on to T-shirts, bracelets and now, the ultimate canvas: women’s bodies.

One tattoo shop in Minneapolis, inundated with demands for the tattoos, had to temporarily halt any new orders, according to a Reuters report.

“Every single women has had a Mitch McConnell or 10 or 20 in her life trying to tell her how to be and what to do,” Nora McInerny said.  “He said that to insult her, and really he just pointed out a fantastic trait of hers.”

The 34-year-old author and blogger accidentally set off the tattoo trend when she mistakenly made a Facebook post public, overwhelming The Brass Knuckle Tattoo Studio with customers.

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“Suddenly 2,000 people were interested in it,” she said.

Graphic designer Chelsea Brink created three versions of the phrase for what turned out to be an event at the Brass Knuckle shop.

And with a social media platform, the tattoo idea and artwork seemed to take off across the nation.

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Frieda Powers


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