The underground feminist voting group that urged Hillary Clinton supporters to storm the 2016 polls in pantsuits abruptly announced it is disbanding Thursday, leaving its 2.8 million supporters blindsided.
Pantsuit Nation, a Facebook-born movement supporting the first female Democratic presidential nominee, told its online community it would be defunct before the end of the weekend, The Post has learned.
The group made headlines during the 2016 election for empowering Clinton lovers to pull on a power suit to cast their vote.
“I stepped away from my day-to-day involvement in this community last year, but I have stayed here reading your stories, appreciating what you have built and maintained against all odds,” founder Libby Chamberlain wrote in a post breaking the news to the group’s millions of members.
The group’s founder, Libby Chamberlain, announced the sudden disbandment of the page out of nowhere.
Chamberlain started the Facebook group for Hillary Clinton supporters during the 2016 election.AFP via Getty Images
“Earlier today, the organization that now manages the group announced that Pantsuit Nation will be shut down within the next two days.”
Supermajority — a feminist political organization — took over Pantsuit Nation in 2019, three years after Chamberlain had created the members-only Facebook group.
At its height, the Pantsuit group flaunted 4 million followers, which has since dwindled to a modest 2.8 million.
The shrinking membership could be to blame for the sudden dismantling — Supermajority’s interim executive director said they were dropping the Facebook page in order to focus on other avenues to increase female voter turnout.
“Over the past several weeks and months, we have taken stock of our work, particularly focusing on our success in 2022, and developed a strategic approach to best position Supermajority to build women’s political power in 2023,” Taylor Saditch told the group in a statement.
Many members within the group found a sense of community throughout the years.
The announcement comes less than six months after Supermajority touted major success at the 2022 midterms. The group took credit for helping to usher in a record number of women voter registrations, a November press release shows.
The exact reason for abandoning the page is unknown — even the moderators were left in the dark until the announcement was made.
“I do not have the details as of why?” wrote moderator Itale Watie. “As all of us moderators logged on and found out today that we were being let go….tomorrow.
“None of us could ever imagine our exit like this, when we worked so hard to build a platform of truth and transparency. I know ya’ll (sic)want answers but as it is, none of us have them and we are doing our best to receive answers from the powers that be.”
Many group members were pleading for Chamberlain to pass the reins to the group could continue.
Supermajority promised users it would preserve the seven-year-old group but would be pausing new posts, comments and reactions on the page starting March 18.
But the organization has allegedly already made moves to silence its outraged audience.
Several users called out Supermajority employees for allegedly deleting posts speaking out against the decision — posts that were only allowed onto the site after approval by moderators they appointed — and refusing to approve more than 400 member-made posts to the feed.
There was no explanation for why the group was shutting down, with many of its moderators unaware of the plans to disband until the announcement.Getty Images; WireImage
Many questioned why Supermajority couldn’t hand the reigns over to the millions of followers so the members — who have carved deep friendships with one another over the years via the page — could continue to enjoy the online community.
“This community has been pivotal in amplifying voices that I would have never heard elsewhere,” one member wrote. “To hear that Supermajority is shuttering the group not only isn’t in keeping with the principles they espouse but is yet another occasion when marginalized voices are once again silenced.”
“They drop Pantsuit Nation, I drop Supermajority,” a member said. “I joined PN community very early on and it saved my sanity after Trump was elected. I am not interested in Supermajority, which has always struck me as more of a lobbying group than a community.”
Members complained Supermajority was ignoring their pleas and turned to the organization’s main Facebook page — which boasts less than a third of Pantsuit Nation’s followers — to unleash their ire.
Supermajority, Chamberlain and several group moderators did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for the comment.
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