Today, at the State Department’s International Women of Courage Awards, Donald Trump took to the podium to praise women’s leadership, abilities, and potential for future achievement. In other words, he stood up and contradicted everything we have seen and heard from him over the last two years.
Twitter did not let him get away with it. Trump started the speech by touting his four female cabinet members then bragging about his wife’s poll numbers (no joke), before baffling the crowd by asking if they’d heard of Susan B. Anthony. Before he had even finished speaking, the twitterverse was taking him to task for his well-documented history of misogyny and refusing to let him get away with the hypocrisy.
To be certain, the Access Hollywood “grab ’em by the p*ssy” tape registered a new low in political discourse. That followed Trump insulting the physical appearance of one opponent, Carly Fiorina, and the wife of another, Ted Cruz.
It would be one thing if these behaviors were followed by even the slightest effort to atone or reform. Instead, Trump has plowed ahead with a male dominated regime that regularly demeans and undermines women in the United States and throughout the world. Just yesterday, Trump’s allies came under fire for sexist and demeaning remarks to women of color.
Today, however, women are having their say and they aren’t holding back. If the president doesn’t change his behavior dramatically and soon, he will be dealing with backlash from strong women like these for a long time.
we already believe in ourselves. It's you we have zero faith in.
— Alyssa (@amccornock) March 29, 2017
— Stephenie (@bekindNEway) March 29, 2017
[Trump, on women] "You have to treat 'em like shit." (New York magazine, Nov. 9, 1992) https://t.co/O3mDzSajIr
— Merryn T (@HomewardBounder) March 29, 2017
this from a man who grabs women, leaves his wife on the White House driveway. Big hypocrite. This is so SAD, SAD, SAD!!!
— J. B. Pierce (@JBPierce13) March 29, 2017
‘Have you heard of Susan B. Anthony? I’m shocked’: Trump stuns women at empowerment event https://t.co/QF7kGLsThX Just wow😳🙄🤦🏼♀️🤡
— Vikki Marshall (@VikkiMarshall4) March 29, 2017
…and then one day I hope to grab them by the pussy. Only if they're an 8 or above though.
— Griff (@matthewagriffi1) March 29, 2017
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com