Facts are the antidote to Trump derangement syndrome
Being a conservative in perhaps the most liberal state in the country, Massachusetts, I'm often asked why I support the president by those on the left, some of whom think he's a racist, misogynist, homophobe, criminal and, for good measure, a bully.
I laugh and say, "It's because none of those things are true!" and then hit them with facts, not #FakeNews.
Let's start with the absurd allegation that President Donald Trump is anti-women. "If that were true," I ask, "why has he created millions of jobs for women?" Under the Trump administration, the unemployment rate for women is 3.5%, the lowest in 66 years. Hence the poverty rate for women has fallen to record lows. In September 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau reported, "While both the poverty rate and the number of people in poverty fell for many demographic groups between 2017 and 2018, a large proportion of the decline can be attributed to female-householder families with no spouse present."
Why is this so vitally important? It's because financial independence truly empowers and liberates women, giving them the freedom to chart their own course on their own terms, beholden to no one.
Isn't that the definition of feminism?
This means millions of women employed in the roaring Trump economy fueled by capitalist, free market principles aren't dependent on "the Man," aka the government, reliant on that next welfare check, nor are they dependent on a man in the traditional sense. One of the many benefits? Women in bad jobs or bad relationships have the power to change direction without the paralyzing fear or financial worry they won't be able to pay the rent or afford life's other necessities.
If you think this isn't a game changer, ask any woman who's ever been trapped in a dead-end job or an abusive relationship. She'll set you straight.
Last month, the president signed into law up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave for federal civilian employees, which will go into effect this year. Undoubtedly, this most benefits women, who disproportionally care for children. It's also a stepping stone toward the president's broader goal of implementing paid family leave for all Americans, which will benefit women across the nation by not penalizing them financially for caring for their families.
Since Trump took office, nearly 7 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps, which means millions of women have transitioned from poverty and government dependence to a career and self-reliance.
If that isn't female empowerment, what is?