Lara Trump bashing of Women's March won't win president women voters

Published on Friday, 26 January 2018 22:25
Written by Eugene Scott

Media Matters tweeted “Lara Trump tells Fox that women who marched are too dumb to know why they’re anti-Trump, ‘They just think that’s the thing to do’”

To some pro-Trump women, it seems like the only independent women are those who support the president.

Lara Trump, President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law, appeared on the president’s favorite cable network Tuesday to offer her opinion on the hundreds of thousands of women who participated in marches that took place this past weekend in cities across the country.

“It was more of a hateful, anti-Trump protest, which I think is really sad because this president has done so much for women. . . . Women’s unemployment is at a 17-year low right now. And, yet, these women out there are so anti-Trump. And I don’t even think they know why. They just think that’s the thing to do,” Lara Trump told the “Fox & Friends” hosts.

To say that women who participated in Saturday’s march, some who came to protest sexual assault, women’s health issues and immigration, don’t know why they protested is a potentially risky move for an administration that already has high disapproval ratings with women.

According to the latest Washington Post-ABC poll, 65 percent of women disapprove of Trump’s job performance. And there are reasons.

Nearly 7 in 10 - 66 percent - women say Trump has not accomplished enough during his first year in office. And only 15 percent of women say that Trump’s actions have helped them and their family in the past year, while about a third - 34 percent - of women think that the Trump administration deserves a great deal/good amount of credit for the country’s current economic success.

Leaders at the Republican National Committee are aware that the GOP is struggling with women voters, which is why RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel presented a memo to the White House detailing such a view, according to Politico.

This could obviously change. The midterm elections are months away, and Trump and Republican lawmakers could make policy changes that win over more women voters. And there are multiple factors that go into why women vote for or against a candidate.

But misrepresenting some women’s viewpoints and criticizing how they have expressed their issues with the current White House is unlikely to be an effective way to get more women on the Trump train.

Eugene Scott writes about identity politics for The Fix.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Editorials on Friday, 26 January 2018 22:25. Updated: Friday, 26 January 2018 22:27.