BREAKING NEWS:— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 27, 2018
President Trump has declared he is NOT a feminist.
He tells me: ‘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.'
Full interview, Sunday, ITV, 10pm. pic.twitter.com/GCviovNb6o
President Donald Trump, the man who was caught on tape bragging about grabbing women “by the p****” and is facing over a dozen lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct, recently sat down for an interview with British journalist Piers Morgan and declared he is not a feminist – an admission that did not surprise anyone and definitely should not have been termed as “Breaking News.”
While Trump’s first international interview is set to be aired Sunday night, Morgan has been continuously sharing bits of information about his conversation with the commander-in-chief, whom he first met at the set of “Celebrity Apprentice” back in 2008.
Given the global reaction to the powerful #MeToo campaign, which not only exposes the magnitude of sexual harassment and abuse women face across the world but also encourages survivors to come forward and speak out against their assailants, it is not entirely unfathomable why the “Good Morning Britain” host would bring up the topic of feminism in front of a self-confessed groper.
“Do you identify as a feminist?” Morgan asked the president, who has frequently been branded as a misogynist due to his administration’s war on women’s rights.
Unsurprisingly, this is how Trump, who has a penchant for making inappropriate comments about his eldest daughter Ivanka Trump, responded to the question.
“No, I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist. I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far,” he told Morgan in Davos, Switzerland. “I’m for women, I’m for men, I’m for everyone. I think people have to go out, they have to go out and really do it, and they have to win. And women are doing great, and I’m happy about that.”
As the journalist noted, Trump had a “half-smile” on his face “as if the mere notion was ridiculous.”
This is how the social media users reacted to the president’s statement.
TRUMP: i'm not a feminist— Jill Gutowitz (@jillboard) January 28, 2018
BREAKING: Trump is not a feminist. Someone please hold my beer as I gasp.— Shannon Thomas (@LadyL1beration) January 28, 2018
Was someone other than this interviewer suggesting he is? https://t.co/bFRGkLYigg— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 27, 2018
“Trump not a feminist“ is a scoop that will live down through the ages, they’ll be making movies about it 30 years from now https://t.co/RTI5g93zst— Rory Cellan-Jones (@ruskin147) January 28, 2018
Of course Trump is not a feminist.— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) January 27, 2018
But the fact that he's willing to say so... well, that's a whole different thing entirely. And it might be worse.https://t.co/LqUakug83O
Now that the mystery of whether Trump is a feminist has been solved, I’ll be able to sleep peacefully tonight.— Bryce Tache (@brycetache) January 28, 2018
Donald Trump saying he is "not a feminist" is the exact OPPOSITE of "Breaking News." https://t.co/4mbRyfwygT— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) January 27, 2018
A feminist is a person who believes women should have rights and opportunities equal to men.— Luisa Haynes (@wokeluisa) January 28, 2018
Trump: No, I wouldn't say I'm a feminist.
I'll just leave it here
Well, in Trump’s defense, he knew it would be hard to be a feminist and a rapist. https://t.co/HhWbPcmwfY— Molly Jong-Fast?? (@MollyJongFast) January 28, 2018
As several people pointed out, feminism is about "political, economic, and social equality of the sexes" – a notion neither Trump nor his administration seem to fully comprehend or respect.
Some online users also pointed out how the former reality TV star did not hesitate before admitting he is not a feminist but was reluctant to blame the white supremacists and neo-Nazis for the deadly violence in Charlottesville last year.
Why is it so damn easy for Trump to say “I am not a feminist,” but so hard for him to say, “I am not a Nazi?”— Myke Cole (@MykeCole) January 28, 2018
Trump was way quicker to deny being a feminist than he was to deny being a white supremacist.— (((??????????????????????????))) (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 28, 2018
Morgan also responded to the outrage:
Massive global outrage & mockery over President Trump telling me he’s not a feminist.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 28, 2018
Just imagine how much worse it would have been if he’d said he WAS... ??#TrumpMorgan
Tonight: ITV 10pm pic.twitter.com/S6VTWgwo9E
Meanwhile, Trump also clarified he was not aware if he was invited to the upcoming royal wedding and said he would have been tougher than British Prime Minister Theresa May while negotiating Brexit.
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