People were quick to point out the hypocrisy of his Women’s Day message
Yesterday’s International Women’s Day took on a special gravity, resulting from the emerging threat, chiefly from the Trump administration, on reproductive and women’s rights. Not only have Trump’s proposed policies been cause for concern, but so too have his offhand statements about women in his Twitter feuds and social interactions.
So when Donald Trump tweeted out a message supporting all women on that day, many were quick to point out the hypocrisy of his “support,” made at arm’s length via two sterile-sounding tweets.
Here is President Trump’s initial message:
I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1488971559.0
On International Women's Day, join me in honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1488971624.0
The formal and eloquent style also suggests that these tweets were ghostwritten, also undermining his sincerity.
So the responses ranged from incredulity to outrage.
There's no way in hell you wrote this specific tweet. I'd bet my life savings on it. #InternationalWomensDay https://t.co/rFVtnXY8AK— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈)1488979387.0
@realDonaldTrump You honoring women is like Michael Vick honoring dogs.— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1488971686.0
Others were quick to point out that his “honor” could take the form of actions, rather than a couple empty sentences:
@realDonaldTrump Here's a thought: honor them with policy, not meaningless tweets— Maria (@Maria)1488974323.0
Just gonna leave this right here. #InternationalWomensDay https://t.co/6PiQFiHITa— The Volatile Mermaid (is on vacation) (@The Volatile Mermaid (is on vacation))1488974030.0
His on-air and social media comments were repurposed to paint a picture that wasn’t one of respect or honor:
Yes,@realDonaldTrump tremendous... #womensday #DiaInternacionalDeLaMujer https://t.co/50lEyWm3Mk— MALDITA HEMEROTECA (@MALDITA HEMEROTECA)1488972302.0
@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/0Py6b02CsS— Mike Denison (@Mike Denison)1488977666.0
@realDonaldTrump by grabbing the genitalia of female strangers— Matt Haig (@Matt Haig)1488972010.0
.@realDonaldTrump https://t.co/ZWapVpWYtQ— Gennefer ‘Stands with the WGA’ Gross (@Gennefer ‘Stands with the WGA’ Gross)1488975137.0
Judging by the social media reaction, Donald Trump has a long way to go before anyone will sincerely believe that he honors and respects women.
Few would argue that International Women’s Day wasn’t a resounding success—largely in spite of President Trump’s policies and statements rather than because of them.