The Morning Briefing: Trump's Feminism, Jay-Z, Democrat Turns on Obama, and Much, Much More
Happy Monday Morning! (I know, an oxymoron.)
Guess what? Trump's not a feminist.
"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," President Donald Trump told Piers Morgan in an interview released Sunday on the show "Good Morning Britain."
Elsewhere during the interview, Trump repeated a phrase for which he has become known: "I have tremendous respect for women." Piers Morgan noted that he has "a lot of strong women around you," noting his wife Melania and the press team led by Sarah Huckabee Sanders. He might also have noted United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley.
Various women have accused Trump of sexually assaulting them in the past, and his notorious Access Hollywood comments ("grab them by the p**sy") revealed a crass sexual attitude arguably unbecoming a president. Trump's first marriage fell apart when he slept with his mistress (who later became his second wife), and evidence suggests that Trump slept with porn star Stormy Daniels after the birth of his youngest son, despite denials from both of them.
That said, Trump has hired women for key positions. He may have rejected the term "feminist" because it is often associated with political activism — and with the deceptive push for "equal pay." There are no fewer than three "waves" of feminism, and even the #MeToo movement is not without its critics.
Even so, Dictionary.com engaged in some good, old-fashioned virtue signaling. "Feminist means advocating social, political, legal, and economic rights for women equal to those of men," the dictionary website tweeted, adding hashtags subverting Trump's statement, saying feminism is "for men," "for women," and "for everyone."
Naturally, Trump's history is rather sordid on these issues, but if feminism is as broad as Dictionary.com suggested, he may fit the term.
Then again, this is a man who agreed his daughter was a "piece of **s..."
Trump responds to Jay-Z.
Shawn Corey Carter, better known by his rapper name "Jay-Z," took a swipe at President Trump on Saturday, calling him a "superbug" of racism.