Donald Trump said he's not a feminist, but like, didn't we already know that?
Let’s face it. Even before Donald Trump took office, we knew that he wasn’t exactly a feminist. Evidence of his misogynistic behavior has been piling up against him since he first declared his candidacy for president. There are his comments on the infamous Access Hollywood tape, in which he bragged about grabbing women “by the pussy.” There were those disturbing remarks about a 12-year-old Paris Hilton.
Of course, we can’t forget the string of women who have accused the president himself of sexual misconduct. (Even if the White House did call them all liars.)
Yeah, we’re definitely not surprised.
Anyway, British journalist Piers Morgan interviewed Trump at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland this week. Ahead of the full interview airing Sunday night, Morgan started tweeting quotes to tease viewers. In his latest sneak peek, Morgan tweeted: “President Trump has declared he is NOT a feminist. He tells me: ‘No, I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist. I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far. I’m for women, I’m for men, I’m for everyone.'”
We’re not even sure Donald Trump knows what the word feminism actually means. (And no, it’s not someone who hates men. That’s a way-too-common misconception.) Amanda Montell, host of The Dirty Word web show, broke it down in a November episode.
Donald Trump, pay attention:
Simply put, “the mission of feminism is to create gender equality, not female superiority,” Montell said. Admittedly, there’s a lot more nuance to the whole feminism debate, but that’s essentially what it boils down to.
Trump’s reported remarks come less than a week after daughter Ivanka Trump changed her Twitter bio to be less feminist. (She removed the statement that she’s an “advocate for the education and empowerment of women [and] girls.”)
Not only this, but Trump’s most recent controversy includes an alleged affair with Stormy Daniels — the adult film star who was reportedly paid $130,000 to stay quiet about their dalliances before the 2016 election. Then again, Trump did tweet about the 2018 Women’s March, and we’re not sure he understood the purpose of that demonstration either.
Truthfully, we’re concerned about Trump’s increasingly anti-feminist behavior. But we’re proud of the countless men and women who continue to stand up for what’s right. If you’re looking for a way to get involved, join Power to the Polls in its mission to get 1 million people registered to vote in 2018.