12 Comments Trump Has Made About Women And Women's Rights
The news is out: Trump's not a feminist. Yawn, tell us something we don't know.
On Sunday night in the UK, Trump's first international interview aired. POTUS sat down with Piers Morgan who, from a journalistic/interviewer point of view, was the best Brit for the job. The day that the show aired, Morgan wrote a rather tongue in cheek tweet, with a photograph of himself and Trump.
The tweet read: 'BREAKING NEWS: President Trump has declared he is NOT a feminist. He tells me: "No, I wouldn't say I'm a feminist. I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far. I'm for women, I'm for men, I'm for everyone,"' before Morgan goes on to promote the interview. Obviously, social media reacted in the best way possible - shocked (in the best sarcastic sense of the word).
After all that time of us (not) pondering is he? isn't he?, we now have a sure answer. With that, we decided to look back on all of his previous comments - Trumpisms, if you like - on various aspects of women's rights and his position as a non-feminist.
On reproductive rights
1. '[Women should face] some sort of punishment.' — talking about women who undergo abortions should the procedure be banned, 2016
2. '...The doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman. The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb.' — his immediate backtrack after facing criticism, 2016
On sexual assault
3. 'You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything….Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.' — 'locker room talk' extracted from the infamous Access Hollywood tapes, 2005
4. '26,000 unreported sexual assults in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?' — talking about sexual assault in the military on Twitter, 2013
On the construction industry, we mean, wage gap
5. 'Number one, I have great respect for own. I was the one that really broke the glass ceiling on behalf of women, more than anybody in the construction industry.' — trying to explain to Fox News that he'd done more for feminism than Hillary Clinton, 2016
(Note: Donald doesn't quite seem to understand what 'glass ceiling' means here... U ok hun?)
On using 'the woman's card'
6. 'You know, [Hillary Clinton is] playing the woman's card. If she didn't play the woman's card she would have no chance, I mean zero, of winning.' — addressing supporters at a rally in Spokane, Washington, May 2016
7. 'I think the only card [Hillary Clinton] has is the woman’s card. She’s got nothing else going. And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five per cent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card, and the beautiful thing is women don’t like her.' — The Independent, April 2016
8. 'There’s a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife and you know there’s a lot of husbands that listen to that… I’m really like a great father but certain things you do and certain things you don’t. It’s just not for me.' — on The Opie and Anthony Show, 2005
9. '"I can’t believe you’re not walking Tiffany down the street," you know, in a carriage. Right, I’m gonna be walking down Fifth Avenue with a baby in a carriage. It just didn’t work.' — talking about why he 'won’t do anything to take care of' his children other than 'supply funds', on The Howard Stern Show, 2005
On body shaming
10. 'She's a nice person. She's gotten a little bit large — I would say this, I wouldn't dress like you weighed 120lbs [...] If she feels good about herself, do it, Kim.' — talking about pregnant Kim Kardashian, HLN's Showbiz Report, 2013
On International Women's Day
11. 'On International Women's Day, join me in honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world.' — Twitter, March 2017
12. 'I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy.' — Twitter, March 2017
As you can see, the feminist movement has suffered a great loss with Trump choosing to reject the label. Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Donald.