Despite frequent sexist attacks on his Democratic opponent and being caught on tape bragging about committing sexual assault, President Donald Trump won the votes of 61 percent of White women without a college education in the 2016 election.
But more recent polls ahead of 2020 show that Trump's support among women is eroding, and a large part of that likely has to do with his Twitter account.
Now, in an effort to strike up fear of Democratic nominee Joe Biden in suburbia, Trump has posted yet another tweet calling into question his perception of women.
Trump urged "suburban housewives" to read an article baselessly warning that Biden's election would lead to the dissolution of suburbs.
The Suburban Housewives of America must read this article. Biden will destroy your neighborhood and your American D… https://t.co/ufn2RFsvJU— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1595530000.0
What's more, the article Trump used to accompany the post laments an Obama-era move that helped make suburban areas more accessible to "low-income minorities."
New York Post columnist Betsy McCaughey writes:
"Starting in 2015, President Barack Obama's Department of Housing and Urban Development floated a cookie-cutter requirement for "balanced housing" in every suburb. "Balanced" meant affordable even for people who need federal vouchers. Towns were obligated to 'do more than simply not discriminate,' as a 2013 HUD proposal explained. Rather, towns had to make it possible for low-income minorities to choose suburban living and provide
'adequate support to make their choices possible.'"
"The real barrier to suburban living is money. Living in the 'burbs isn't cheap. HUD Secretary Ben Carson told a House committee last May that 'people can only afford to live in certain places.' It's 'not because George Wallace is blocking the door.'
Biden and the equality warriors are using accusations of racism to accomplish something different. Their message is: You worked and saved to move to the suburbs, but you can't have that way of life unless everyone else can, too."
McCaughey chalks the racial homogeny in suburbs up to income, rather than racism. There isn't a mention of the role systemic racism plays in access to such prosperity and the hurdles one faces in pursuit of it.
Trump amplified the argument that, if Biden is elected, low-income people of color would be able to move in to suburbs that—according to McCaughey and apparently Trump—their presence would sully.
Trump's use of the term "suburban housewives" to apply to women living in the suburbs struck a sour note.
The president of United States thinks of women as housewives which I guess is better than his other comments about… https://t.co/yJyp1q1Rcc— Molly Jong-Fast🏡 (@Molly Jong-Fast🏡)1595535890.0
trump uses words like housewife and all the associated terminology of women doing domestic things while men do busi… https://t.co/Lx5HJYAirn— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis)1595531781.0
I don’t know any woman under 70 who refers to herself as a “housewife.” https://t.co/xx7Vbh7sIG— Kathryn Watson (@Kathryn Watson)1595530660.0
Between stoking racial division and the suggestion that suburban women are housewives, this shows a real lack of un… https://t.co/8Xnr20NiDZ— Brendan Buck (@Brendan Buck)1595532368.0
Dear @realDonaldTrump: We live in the suburbs & have no idea what you are talking about. Suburbs would be safer und… https://t.co/MSuqFHsg5R— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1595536037.0
People noted the racist undertones in the attached article as well.
Housewives is his own words but the attached article gives away the game -- specifically says the threat to the sub… https://t.co/Jqnk6TeLyH— Steadman™ (@Steadman™)1595533693.0
@realDonaldTrump What is this? The racist 1950s? Trump is literally trying to fear monger about blacks moving to wh… https://t.co/INuVGgl1Df— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1595530304.0
@realDonaldTrump imagine being this proud of being this racist and this out of touch— Jeff Tiedrich (@Jeff Tiedrich)1595530130.0
Others noted the dozens of suburban moms in Portland, Oregon who are rising to protest the secret police Trump's Department of Homeland Security unleashed among the city.
These suburban mothers formed a phalanx to protect protesters, only to be gassed by the anonymous militarized federal officers.
@realDonaldTrump This is what you do to suburban housewives. https://t.co/SN0hWaV6v7— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1595530433.0
@realDonaldTrump In Trump's America, peaceful moms are tear-gassed.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas)1595530787.0
Trump has finally picked up on the fact that tear-gassing moms might not be a good look. In his own sexist way (ho… https://t.co/LiJ2d2SzBP— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈)1595530527.0