Trump accused of ‘unbelievable sexism’ after comments about getting ‘husbands back to work’

Isobel van Hagen
Wednesday 28 October 2020 09:45
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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Dubbed an “outdated” and “comically out of touch” statement, Trump said at a campaign rally in Michigan: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."

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.

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”.

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.

"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.

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