Dear 100 Hour Board,
Okay, let's see if I can explain this in a way that is coherent... I was having a friendly political debate with my dad last night. About Trump. I expressed that women and minorities do not feel represented by President Trump. That they do not feel empowered by him. I explained that I feel as though women and minorities are worse off since he assumed office. But... I didn't really have anything other than my own personal feelings (and the feelings of others around me) to back it up.
So, wise Board, can you help me back this up? Are there any facts or statistics or data points or stories or anecdotes or anything to explain how women and minorities have been impacted since he became President? Also, are there any direct quotes from him that would represent how he feels and acts toward these groups?
Hahahahah OH HUNNY Of course I can help you. Sorry it took so long. I have to take breaks from this answer because it makes me sad and angry every time I work on it.
FACTS, STATISTICS, AND DATA POINTS
Source 1: Since taking office, Trump has nominated two judges to the Supreme Court, so now it is a conservative court that is more likely to vote to overturn Roe V. Wade. Regardless of whether you are pro-life or pro-choice, there is a problem and genuine cause for concern that the government is dictating what women are and aren't allowed to do with their own bodies. Of course, as we'll point out in the quotes section, it's pretty obvious Trump doesn't really care about respecting women in the first place.
Source 2: "Under the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, women's insurance must include access to birth control, as well as preventative screenings and services, at no extra cost. Some employers want to deny coverage of contraceptives on moral or religious grounds. The Trump administration is in their corner. Several courts have ruled the employers can't cut the coverage. One judge estimated that nearly 70,500 women would have lost access to birth control had that not been the case."
The administration is pushing a bill to allow six weeks of paid leave, as opposed to the 12 weeks of unpaid leave currently mandated by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.
The number of women who ran for office increased, arguably because we're scared. It's the attitude surrounding the presidency that suggests that women's rights are not something he cares about at all.
He's reported to restrict the CDC from using words like 'transgender' and 'science-based' in their reports? Brilliant, that makes a lot of sense. See Source 3.
Other sources you can read: Source 4 (great one), And a brilliant list of 100 ways the Trump administration has hurt women, with SOURCES! For extra fact checking! Wow! See Source 5 (this one is definitely worth reading)
For the sake of time, I'll leave that one there. But recent behavior around Covid-19 is also worth looking into.
STORIES, ANECDOTES, and DIRECT QUOTES ABOUT HOW HE FEELS ABOUT WOMEN & MINORITIES
(Of course, this is where all the real kickers are, because even if he can't promote specific policies that show he hates women and minorities, he sure as heck says a lot that proves it.)
And now for a cringe-worthy, should-have-been-impeached, dirt-bag-frat-boy, all-around-immoral-human-being list of quotes/tales to give you all the more reason to be upset!
- "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 pussy. You can do anything.” — Trump on women
- "You know, it really doesn't matter what the media write, as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass."
- "I've said if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her."
- "Before a show, I'll go backstage and everyone's getting dressed, and everything else, and you know, no men are anywhere, and I'm allowed to go in because I'm the owner of the pageant and therefore I'm inspecting it...You know, they're standing there with no clothes. And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that." — Trump on the Miss America pageant
- "Ariana Huffington is unattractive both inside and out. I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man--he made a good decision."
- "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending the best. They're not sending you, they're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they're telling us what we're getting."
- “I did try and f*** her... I moved on her like a bi***, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.” — Trump on a woman he tried to seduce
- "I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I'm more honest and my women are more beautiful."
- "What is it at 35? It's called check-out time." — Trump on relationships with women
- "No, I have no age — I mean, I have an age limit. I don't want to be like Congressman Foley, with, you know, 12-year-olds." — Trump on whether or not he has an age limit for women he sleeps with.
- “I have black guys counting my money. … I hate it," Trump told John R. O'Donnell, the former president of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino, according O'Donnell's account in his 1991 book "Trumped!"... "The only guys I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes all day." Trump, according to O'Donnell, went on to say, "'Laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that."
- In an interview with NBC News in September 1989, Trump remarked, "A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market." He continued: "If I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage."
- "I’m leading in the polls with the Hispanics. I mean, you look at Nevada, I’m leading in the polls with the Hispanics because I produce jobs, and they know it. I have thousands of Hispanics that work for me, my relationships to Hispanics is better than those groups,"
- Speaking to Time magazine for a profile published in January 1989, Trump was asked to give an estimate of his total wealth. "Who the f knows? I mean, really, who knows how much the J*ps will pay for Manhattan property these days?" he asked in response, using a racial slur for the Japanese.
- In a New York magazine profile published in November 1992, a year after Trump divorced his first wife, Ivana, Trump was quoted dispensing his wisdom about how to handle the fairer sex. "You have to treat 'em like shit," Trump said in the article to friend Philip Johnson, who responded, "You'd make a good mafioso." Trump's response: "One of the greatest."
- At an October No Labels event in New Hampshire, a member of the audience told him, "Maybe I'm wrong ... but I don't think you're a friend to women." Trump interrupted, insisting, "I respect women incredibly" and noting the number of women who work for him and the opportunities he has provided them"