“Just think for a minute about how different life would be had Ashley Judd run for the Senate, because she would have been elected,” Ms. Nelson said.
Speaking without notes this time, Ms. Judd hit more talking points, extolling Ms. Warren’s climate and environmental commitments, and lamenting the Trump administration’s rollback of protections of wetlands and streams as “profoundly upsetting.”
She delved into painful personal history to highlight the importance of Roe v. Wade. After she had been raped by a boy she had known since second grade, Ms. Judd said she opted to have an abortion. Had she not, she said, her rapist would have been granted paternity rights. “Patriarchy and misogyny,” she said, “is the water in which we swim.”
Her last of stop of the day, at a “nanobrewery” called Liquid Therapy in Nashua, not far from the Massachusetts border, was the busiest, and, with after-work beer flowing, the liveliest. Wrapping up her talk, Ms. Judd told the crowd she never wanted to have a reason to repeat the “Nasty Woman” poem again. “So let’s make sure the next Women’s March, it’s a victory march.”
The crowd cheered, and then, among themselves, debated Ms. Warren’s chances, reaching little in the way of consensus.
Elizabeth Burton, 36, said while she loved Ms. Judd’s speech, celebrity endorsements rarely carried weight. Burton was also discouraged by Ms. Warren’s struggles in the polls.
“It’s tough being a woman in the United States right now,” Ms. Burton said, “I hate to say it, because it sucks, but I feel like people in this country want a man.”
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