President Donald Trump marked International Women’s Day with a lengthy statement saying the White House honors women “for their vital role in shaping and strengthening our communities, families, governments, and businesses.”
“As we recognize International Women’s Day, we acknowledge that when women are economically empowered they are able to invest more in their families and communities, producing a multiplier effect that spurs economic growth and contributes to global stability,” read Trump’s statement, which he tweeted out Friday morning. “We remain vigilant in our pursuit of equality and opportunity so that all women may blaze new trails, pursue their dreams, and reach their full potential.”
But the president’s critics were quick to call out his political actions that have limited women’s access to reproductive health care and reversed equal pay regulations.
You are fighting to take away women’s rights to make choices about their own bodies, you disparage women leaders on an ongoing basis, and you talk about sexually mollesting women with brazen callousness. You have zero right to speak up on this day.
— Anonymous White House Official (@dvorakoelling) March 8, 2019
How about you and the GOP stop stomping out women's rights then?
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) March 8, 2019
President Obama already tweeted about this much earlier this morning. But thanks.
— Mariucia (@Mariucia1) March 8, 2019
On International Women’s Day let’s see the facts and evidence to refute Trump’s outrageous claims that women and their doctors execute babies after birth and commit infanticide. pic.twitter.com/LB37BMnc61
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) March 8, 2019
Before tweeting out his official statement, Trump posted about the rate of women’s unemployment dropping. It received just as much pushback — especially since the president tweeted seven times Friday morning before recognizing International Women’s Day.
It was also noted by some that Trump reversed an Obama-era rule that would have required companies to report pay data by gender and race. A federal judge ordered the administration to bring back the rule on Monday.
give me equal pay.
— Alex Byer (@alexbyersays) March 8, 2019
Trump tweets so far this AM:
* Claims the wall is ahead of schedule
* Thanks Fox & Friends for a great show
* Attacks the media
* "PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!"
* Misstates Judge Ellis on Manafort-collusion
* Fox & Friends quote
* Need the wall
* Int'l Women's Day
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 8, 2019
The day before International Women’s Day, members of Congress introduced legislation aimed at forcing the Trump administration to recognize that reproductive rights are human rights after the State Department removed reproductive rights from its annual human rights report, as Rewire.News reported.
— Planned Parenthood Action (@PPact) March 7, 2019
“President Trump’s relentless and dangerous attacks on women’s constitutional rights—and interference in doctors’ ability to care for their patients—cannot go unanswered,” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a presidential hopeful, tweeted on Thursday.
There were those who responded positively to Trump’s IWD tweet.
Thank you for making the lives of women so much better
with protecting our country
— Dawn Michael PhD 💗 (@SexCounseling) March 8, 2019
Thank you for listening!
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) March 8, 2019
We love our women!! Thank you all for your contributions to our Great world!!! 🌎 ❤️
— CryptoSurfer (@Steven36800535) March 8, 2019
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