Friday, October 16, 2015

Trump On Women: I Will Take Care of Women...NOT

Not that you’ll be surprised, but Donald Trump recently said something offensive about women and - also not a surprise - it pissed me off. Donald Trump basically said: Well, women should do as good of a job as men do if they want to be paid equally. You can check it out here or here.

Sounds okay on the surface, right? Equal pay for equal work. I mean, let's ignore, for a moment, the fact that doing well on our own is not meritorious enough in and of itself. No, our work has to be compared to the work of a man doing the same job. But I digress. Here’s the text of what he had to say:

“I respect women incredibly. I have had women working for me in positions that they’ve never worked in terms of construction, in terms of so many different jobs. I had a woman who was in charge of the building of Trump Tower, many years ago, before anybody would have even thought of it, and did a fantastic job. I have given women more opportunity than I would say virtually anybody in the construction industry.

I have a daughter named Ivanka and a wife named Melania who constantly want me to talk about women’s health issues because they know how I feel about it and they know how I feel about women. I respect women, I love women, I cherish women. You know, Hillary Clinton said, “He shouldn’t cherish,” well I said, I do cherish, I love women…. I will take care of women, and I have great respect for women. I do cherish women. And I will take care of women.”

But you don’t respect women, Mr. Trump. Your words and actions have shown time and time again that this is simply untrue. Maybe you missed our earlier laundry list of your snide remarks toward women.

So you gave jobs to some women. Is that really what you think is indicative of your love and respect for women? You throwing them a bone? Doing them a solid? How are you going to ensure women who don’t work for you receive equal pay for equal work?

I mean the whole situation kind of reads like another familiar patronization: I’m not racist because I know some black people.

However, in August 2015, Donald Trump had this to say:

“When you have to categorize men and women into a particular group and a particular pay scale, it gets very—because people do different jobs,” he continued. “It’s very hard to say what is the same job. It’s a very, very tricky question. And I talked about competition with other places and other parts of the world, Mika. This is one of the things we have to look at very strongly.”

* Raises hand * Question: If it is so hard to determine what “the same job” is, then how on Earth will you determine what work is “as good as” work a man does?

Smells like more of your bullshit, and I’m getting really damn tired of smelling it. Time to hang up the toup, Trump.

Amelia Jane, out.

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