The 116th Congress will include several firsts. One of those is the most women ever to be in Congress. The Senate will have at least 24 female Senators and the House of Representatives will have at least 102 women.
While those numbers are still far less than half, it is still a major demographic change from just a decade ago when Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi of California became the first woman to ever serve as Speaker of the House. In the 110th Congress of 2008, there were 16 women in the Senate and 73 in the House.
South Dakota and Maine also elected their first female Governors in the 2018 midterm elections. More women also ran for offices in 2018 than ever before, at all levels of government.
In addition to more women entering Congress, more diversity will be represented in 2019. The first female Muslims and Native Americans, as well as the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts and first Latina to represent Texas will be in the 116th Congress.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) took to Twitter on Wednesday to express her joy over the gains made by women, especially women of color, in 2018.
Our future is:
Powered by our belief in one another.
And we’re just getting started.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 5, 2018
But not everyone likes the idea of either diversity or gender equality. For some, the idea of others gaining equality with their rights and privileges means they “lose” something.
Donald Trump Jr. responded to Senator Gillibrand’s post, claiming strides by women and increased diversity mean there is “no future” for his sons.
Good to know. My girls will be excited about this. When is it appropriate to let my boys (9, 7 and 6 years old) that there’s no future for them?
Not sure this is a winning platform but you be you. https://t.co/pCu0GbPyAi
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 5, 2018
People who understood Gillibrand’s message quickly pointed it out to Donald Trump Jr.
Can someone tell @DonaldJTrumpJr that women accumulating power in a male-dominated country isn’t a threat to men, but a sign of a more inclusive future?
Or is his fragile sense of masculinity too afraid of women more capable than him to grasp that concept?https://t.co/27kB6eaKda
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) December 5, 2018
I’m not sure that crayons and lettered blocks are up to the challenge, and Donnie doesn’t display any ability to grasp anything more complex.
— Ailill Farraideach (@ReturnoftheElf) December 5, 2018
Don’t worry their step dad will teach them.
— Poncie C (@Poncie916) December 5, 2018
The future for them is being the sons of an entitled dumb ass who never had to lift a finger to accomplish anything and who’s favorite pass time is killing living things. Other than that, you suck.
— John Agnello (@John_Agnello) December 5, 2018
So your platform is
Isn’t that what we’ve always had?
— Judson Hall (@judsonhh) December 5, 2018
You should’ve just stopped at “my girls will be excited about this” hun
— Anna Potsch (@acpotsch) December 5, 2018
Do you work at being this obtuse or is it a natural “gift”?
— MI Forest (@IntimateForest) December 5, 2018
~flip-flip-flip~ Fredo flips through the dictionary, looking for “obtuse.”
— Old Soldier (@OldSoldier999) December 5, 2018
Well unless they’ve lied under oath, constantly, updated their statements for the convenient truth and are under multiple investigations, I think your boys will be fine .. now you on the other hand, well, you should stop tweeting and spend more time with your kids while you can
— AQ (@aq1225) December 5, 2018
Others thought Trump Jr. might be limited in his communications soon.
Just make sure they know when visiting hours are. Their mom will take care of the rest.
— Kate Newcomb (@k8newks) December 5, 2018
You ask about when to let your children know there is no future for them:
As soon as possible. With the trump name and their dad and other family members disgraced & in prison, they need to be warned they are pariahs for life. You own this one, junior.#TrumpCrimeFamily
— finely (@tunedhuman) December 5, 2018
Pretty sure when their dad is in prison they’ll figure it out.
— Guy Endore-Kaiser (@GuyEndoreKaiser) December 5, 2018
Tell them in a letter from prison. Kids love hearing from their Dads in prison. Plus they can sell the autographs on ebay.
— SquarePeg (@SquaredSkwart) December 5, 2018
… you can tell them during visiting hours…
— Dave Kilminster (@DaveKilminster) December 5, 2018
— Steve Headrick (@Steevhead13) December 5, 2018
And internet personality “Mrs. Betty Bowers America’s Best Christian”—aka comedian Deven Green—had a message about what might excite Trump Jr.’s daughters more.
You know what your girls would be more excited about, @DonaldJTrumpJr? Having a father who hadn’t abandoned them to have a very public affair that humiliated their mother. #TheAppleDoesntFallFarFromTheTreason https://t.co/2IwJ5ViLpy
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) December 5, 2018
Senator Gillibrand did not respond to Trump Jr.’s tweet, however, the younger Trump did not tag Gillibrand or reply directly to her original post.