Guess Who Trump Is Assigning to Tackle Women’s Issues

It’s no secret that President Donald Trump has had difficulty appealing to American women. After facing multiple sexual assault allegations and seeing a video leak that features him boasting to do just that, Trump is going to have to put in some deliberate effort to earn the respect and support of most women.

That’s why it’s a great idea for Trump – who once claimed that “no one has more respect for women than me” – to appoint someone on his team to specifically tackle women’s issues. That would demonstrate that women are not an afterthought in the Trump administration, but a valued part of the country.

Or at least it would demonstrate that if he had appointed someone even halfway decent to the position. However, rather than selecting a woman who might have a better understanding of the kinds of issues women face, Trump tapped a man – a white nationalist man, no less.

That man is Stephen Miller, who you likely recognize from his time as a Trump media surrogate who was unafraid to parrot the Trump administration’s stances, no matter how inaccurate or illogical. Miller is credited with being a driving force behind the initial Muslim travel ban, which was subsequently shot down, as well as the lead author on Trump’s dour inauguration speech.

As for Miller’s credentials when it comes to women’s issues, there don’t appear to be any. In fact, the only on-the-records comments Miller has made pertaining to women’s rights is an op-ed he wrote for his school newspaper entitled “Sorry, Feminists.”

The crux of the article, as pointed out by the Huffington Post, is that the difference in pay is the fault of women who refuse to work harder jobs. Not that he’d endorse women for harder jobs, though: he thinks gender roles are important. “I simply wouldn’t feel comfortable hiring a full-time male babysitter or driving down the street and seeing a group of women carrying heavy steel pillars to a construction site,” he writes.

Miller’s essay also includes a strong opposition to providing paid maternity leave. That should put him at odds with the president’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, who wants to make maternity leave and child care her signature issue.

Accordingly, giving Miller this role seems ludicrous. If Trump were at all sincere in his claims to foster gender equality, he wouldn’t have assigned this important White House role to an unknowledgeable white nationalist man.

Still, what do you expect from a president who named only three women to his cabinet – one of which is the Senate majority leader’s wife and another of which is objectively unqualified for the job aside from having donated millions to the GOP? What do you expect from a president who said he wanted to honor Sexual Assault Awareness Month, then soon after attempted to defend Bill O’Reilly against multiple sexual harassment allegations?

No wonder 70 percent of American women have an unfavorable view of the president.

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

96 comments

Elaine W
Elaine Wabout a month ago

Being willing to learn and even change your mind with new facts is freedom.

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Jennifer H
Jennifer Habout a month ago

Honestly, my opinion is that Ivanka would have been just as bad!

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Deborah W
Deborah Wabout a month ago

HI MARGARET GOODMAN ... don't get into these cat fights. I did my homework, to my own satisfaction, you do our own. In the end, don't expect it to change either of our minds.

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Pamela Lebowitz
Pamela Lebowitzabout a month ago

I hate to say it but is anyone even remotely shocked by yet another slap in the face by this seriously disturbingly sick "man?"

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Margie FOURIE
Margie FOURIEabout a month ago

Okay

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Elaine D
Elaine Dabout a month ago

Thank you

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Stardust Noel
Stardust Noelabout a month ago

20 Points

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FOTEINI H
FOTEINI chormpouabout a month ago

INTERESTING: 10 things you don't know about Stephen Miller: https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-03-03/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-stephen-miller

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Michelle H
Michelle Hallabout a month ago

Every time I turn around 45 adds another hateful psycho to his administration. It's like he truly trying to destroy our government from the inside.

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Pamela Dubsky
Pamela Dubskyabout a month ago

I've heard Steven Miller talk and his views are just as ignorant as his support for Trump!

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