Trump’s attitude toward women


Protesters from San Francisco supporting women’s rights in retaliation towards President Trump.

President Donald Trump paid tribute to women on International Women’s Day by saying, “I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy.”

Trump received serious backlash after tweeting about women, given his controversial comments about them that were repeatedly scrutinized during his presidential campaign.

Many anti-Trump supporters reminded the President via Twitter about his recorded conversation that was released last October with Billy Bush, a television host, that revealed demeaning comments about women.

Matt Haig, British novelist and journalist, replied to Trump’s tweets saying, “By grabbing the genitalia of female strangers, by blaming sex assaults in the military on co-habitation, by separating mothers and children, not just at airports, but at the Mexican border.”

Trump supporters, on the other hand, disagree with the narrative of criticism against the president. His supporters believe that the president is actually pro-women, citing the women who have positions in his cabinet and the White House, such as his advisor Kellyanne Conway, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and his daughter Ivanka Trump.

“I think Donald Trump has no respect for anyone, his family and other people’s families,” said Gabrielle Guevarra, a Nursing major who transferred to San Jose State University. She also said that he cannot have respect for women if he “separates documented children from their undocumented mothers.”

On a national scale, Hillary Clinton received 54 percent of women voters compared to Trump’s 42 percent. But 52 percent of white women also voted for Trump, which is 10 percent more than the white women who voted for Clinton according to CNN’s 2016 exit polls. He beat Clinton among white women voters without a large margin.

After Donald Trump was announced as the president-elect of the United States, the Women’s March on Washington was created in order to send the president a message that women’s rights are human rights.

The Women’s March on Washington was one of the the biggest gatherings in history and it proclaimed that Trump was not the women’s choice for president. The president not only bragged about groping women and making degrading comments about their bodies, but he also said and later retracted, that “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who get abortions.

Despite his comments and statements, there are American women who believe that he is respectful to all citizens. Pro-life women make up a lot of his supporters. His cabinet is full of anti-abortion advocates, both men and women, who want to defund Planned Parenthood.

There are two narratives being told about the President. On one hand, Trump loves women and has “tremendous respect for women.” 52 percent of white women voted him into office. From the another standpoint, his remarks about groping women without their consent and his cabinet’s anti-abortion agenda doesn’t go unnoticed.