If you’re like me, all it took was the title of this article to piss you off. And why shouldn’t it make you mad? We’re in the middle of America learning just how far back into the Stone Age Donald Trump and the Republicans want to take us, with state after state eliminating women’s rights to exercise control over their own bodies and the Department of Education making it harder to report rape on college campuses and the entire GOP treating it all like it’s some kind of joke.
That’s exactly what Trump himself did in a short segment of the speech he gave to the National Association of Realtors. That speech has been parsed a hundred different ways by a hundred different people, and the White House even did a massive cleanup effort in the comments section on their YouTube channel version of the speech, reporting any comments that were unsupportive of the President as “spam or abuse” so that they appear only to the original commenter, but do not appear on the video to anyone else, and it looks like everyone loves him.
But the part that jumped out at me was the “joke” he made when he brought up getting Americans off food stamps and then erroneously claimed that kicking people off welfare meant that those people were working. That isn’t true, of course — many families simply go hungry when Republicans purge the welfare system, especially children.
When he brought up jobs, however, he claimed that more than half of all new jobs “created” over the last year went to women. That was his opportunity to make fun of them, and pretend like there isn’t massive discrimination against them in the workplace:
And very importantly, women filled more than 60 percent of all of the new jobs created over the past year. Sixty. So I think the men should sue the women for discrimination. They should sue. Get a great lawyer.”
Yes, ha ha ha, men should SUE women for STEALING their jobs. Because discrimination is a huge joke, especially when it comes to women, who still get paid less for working longer hours at the same jobs, who still endure constant workplace harassment, who still get talked over at every staff meeting, have their ideas stolen, get fired when they get pregnant, get ridiculed for even wanting to work outside the home in the first place, and just generally face most of the same problems they’ve always faced.
Pardon me if I don’t laugh.
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