It was a rough night for East Greenwich Town Councilor Sean Todd as local residents showed up en mass to a meeting to admonish him for a sexist tweet he sent Saturday about the women’s marches that took place across the globe this weekend.
Todd became a lightning rod for feminists, both female and male, fresh off the historic Women’s March protests, after he tweeted Saturday, “Definitely a guy came up with the idea for the #womensmarch perfect way to get the wives outta the house.”
His misogynistic message spread like wildfire around Rhode Island, and went viral on social media. It culminated with some 240 people descending on the typically staid and sleepy East Greenwich Town Council meeting. Speaker after speaker – by and large from East Greenwich – took Todd to task for his ill-timed tweet.
“If Mr. Todd wants to continue to represent the people of East Greenwich, how does he intend to show that he values us,” said one woman who lives in EG. Said another, “I feel like the apology was because you got called out for what you said, not because you are sorry.”
At least two people called for Todd’s resignation, and someone called for the council to officially censure Todd. Council President Sue Cienki told this reporter she didn’t see Todd’s tweet, while Mark Schwager, the lone Democrat on the council, thanked the people who spoke for educating the council.