President Trump was at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday, appearing on behalf of the Republican candidate for the 18th Congressional District, Rick Saccone. He is running against Democrat Conor Lamb to fill the seat left by Tim Murphy. It's an unusually tight race in a district the President won by twenty points in 2016. Of course, there was the usual Trump hyperbole and truth stretching, but one particular comment is drawing ire from the Twitterverse.
During the rally the President said:
Women! Women we love you! Hey, didn’t we surprise them with women during the election. Remember? 'Women won’t like Donald Trump' I said have I really had that kind of a problem? I don’t think so. We got 52 per cent, right? 52. And I’m running against a woman! You know it’s not that easy.
There's something very wrong with this statement, since he's counting only white women. Among women who actually voted, 52% of white women voted for Trump, but only 25% of Latina women voted for him, and just 4% of Black women voted for him. Hillary Clinton won 54% of the female vote. It should also be noted that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by a margin of nearly three-million.
The moment was caught on tape for all to see:
William Mullaly, a writer for Al-Arabiya, was quick to point out how problematic this was:
Some wondered whether he really believed his own lie:
Stage 4. He forgot that all women have the right to vote. Not just white women.— Dustin Hines (@dustinhines) March 11, 2018
People had some harsh words for the women who did vote for him:
The 52% represent white women who've internalized misogyny.— SuperJewGirl (@SuperJewGirl) March 11, 2018
52% of women who voted. Or at least whose ballots were counted. Subset indeed. What next? How many Trump Judicial Nominees can dance on the head of a pin? There's no pass for the "fact" he carried White women voters. The Dems have to deal with it & respond effectively next cycle.— MANE mBsmith (@mane_mbsmith) March 11, 2018
And many called out the President's attraction to fascist propaganda, rhetoric, and tactics:
Trump's oratorical techniques exposed very alarming fascist intentions across a multitude of govt & social topics. He isn't joking. He's telling us he'll continue to openly lie to grab more authority & drive fear into every person who opposes him. #Hitler started this way.— Not a skittle (@Clancy_Dew) March 11, 2018
Godwin's Law is repealed for Trump. Trump's willingness to scapegoat the weak to gain political power is a tactic shared by both Herr Trump and Herr Hitler. So it's reasonable to look at Trump's darker facets and see a potential catastrophe for the US and also the entire world.— Siamese Furcopalypse (@Wooflepup) March 11, 2018
A year ago my family told me not to worry. A year later we all find ourselves terrified by what’s happening to the country. Some friends contemplate leaving the United States for good. Beyond comprehension the damage being inflicted.— Rob1963 (@Rob162816) March 11, 2018