Donald Trump wants you to believe he has “great respect” for women, but his words and actions tell a far different story. In fact, Trump may be the most anti-women US president ever.
But despite those details, Trump’s statement Friday showed no concern for Willoughby or Holderness — only for Porter. Trump first declared that Porter, “says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that.” Trump then added, “We certainly wish him well. It’s obviously a very tough time for him. … We hope that he will have a wonderful career.”
A tough time for Porter? Wish Porter well? What about the women who suffered abuse?
More recently, in July 2016, Trump defended former Fox News head Roger Ailes after, according to one alleged victim’s attorney, 25 women came forward saying Ailes had sexually harassed them. Trump first suggested the female victims were being ungrateful, saying “I can tell you that some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them,” and then declared that Ailes was “a very, very good person.”
Trump did the same in April 2017 when another Fox News buddy, Bill O’Reilly, was accused of sexual harassment and verbal abuse that ultimately led to his ouster from the network. After it was reported that $13 million in settlements had been paid to female victims, Trump still defended O’Reilly, who denied the claims, as a “good person,” saying, “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.”
And the list goes on. In October 2016, Trump publicly called the numerous women who accused him of sexual misconduct liars, to the cheers of his supporters at a campaign rally. Trump also despicably defended Roy Moore during his 2017 Alabama senate race despite claims by women, which Moore denied, alleging he had sexual encounters with them when they were just teenagers.
But it’s not just words, Trump’s actions are anti-women as well. Eighty percent of Trump’s nominees for top jobs in his administration have been men. In contrast, just 60% of political positions during Obama’s first term were filled by men. Plus, 95% of Trump’s picks for US attorneys, and 80% of his judicial nominees (compared to less than 60% under Obama), have been men.
And last year, Trump announced the end of an Obama era rule designed to close the wage gap between men and women working in the same positions.
It’s clear that women are increasingly not buying Trump’s lie that he respects them. According to exit polls for the 2016 election, Trump received the support of 41% of female voters, including 52% of white women. But now it appears Trump is losing favor among women, with a recent Marist Poll showing he not only has just a 33% approval rating among women, but also that 50% of women strongly disapprove of the job he is doing as president.
The women of America deserve far better than a man who claims he “respects” them while standing with the men who have allegedly abused them. And come this November’s election, hopefully, women will use their votes to send a powerful message to Republicans about the anti-women words and actions of their party’s leader: Donald J. Trump.