Media Matters tweeted ‚ÄúLara Trump tells Fox that women who marched are too dumb to know why they‚Äôre anti-Trump, ‚ÄėThey just think that‚Äôs the thing to do‚Äô‚ÄĚ
To some pro-Trump women, it seems like the only independent women are those who support the president.
Lara Trump, President Donald Trump‚Äôs daughter-in-law, appeared on the president‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúIt was more of a hateful, anti-Trump protest, which I think is really sad because this president has done so much for women. . . . Women‚Äôs unemployment is at a 17-year low right now. And, yet, these women out there are so anti-Trump. And I don‚Äôt even think they know why. They just think that‚Äôs the thing to do,‚ÄĚ Lara Trump told the ‚ÄúFox & Friends‚ÄĚ hosts.
To say that women who participated in Saturday‚Äôs march, some who came to protest sexual assault, women‚Äôs health issues and immigration, don‚Äôt 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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.