In what might be one of his final appeals to women voters, Donald Trump seemed to forget it was not 1950.
Dubbed an “outdated” and “comically out of touch” statement, Trump said at a campaign rally in Michigan:
"I'm also getting your husbands, they want to get back to work, right? They want to get back to work. We're getting your husbands back to work, and everybody wants it," Trump said. "And the cure can never be worse than the problem itself."
Trump: We’re getting your husbands back to work https://t.co/MOHh0d1Vu7— Acyn (@Acyn) 1603828743
Just one week before the election, Trump is scrambling to make a sales pitch about his plans for economic recovery from his unbelievable mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Moments before, Trump touted his support among suburban women voters: "We're going to do great. And I love women, and I can't help it. They're the greatest. I love them much more than the men," he said.
Guessed there might be some mitigating context to Trump's remark to suburban women. Nope. "And you know what else?… https://t.co/xDq6YRGub6— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale) 1603840401
This, of course, did not go over well, prompting people to wonder “what decade the president is living in”. Others called the statement, “unbelievably sexist”, “demeaning” and “misogynistic”.
A century after the 19th Amendment, Trump tells Lansing crowd, “We’re getting your husbands back to work."— Michael Beschloss (@Michael Beschloss) 1603828721
Can’t wait to tell all ladies at bridge this week!! Soon we’ll be able to afford the good laundry detergent again!! https://t.co/po31MOrR8r— Jo (@Jo) 1603831631
In fact, data show that women are being disproportionately hit by unemployment during the pandemic. In September, jobs report data showed that about 865,000 women left the workforce, while some 216,000 men did the same, according to The 19th.
Word to the President: women have jobs, too. https://t.co/6VcrLUo4Ju— Jennifer Wexton (@Jennifer Wexton) 1603832398
"Women ARE the workforce!" one Twitter user pointed out. Michigan State Senator Curtis Hertel asked, "Did he forget what century he is running for President in?"
Trumps comments come two weeks after he asked essentially begged suburban women to support him:
"Can I ask you to do me a favour? Suburban women, would you please like me?" Trump said while campaigning in swing-state Pennsylvania. "Please, I saved your damn neighborhood, ok?"
Even so, polls show Trump is trailing Democratic nominee Joe Biden by a long way when it comes to support from women voters ahead of the election. It’s not hard to understand why.