Moments later, the internet went ablaze with criticism, showing the president that words cannot erase actions.
I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2017
On International Women's Day, join me in honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 8, 2017
After having claimed he had “tremendous respect” for women, Twitter took the president to task.
Many of the responses seen on the social media site involved users pointing out to his record of lewd comments and questionable behavior.
Here are the highlights:
Seeing an opportunity to respond to Trump's call to honor “the critical role of women here in America and around the world,” many on the social media platform reminded him of the 2005 hot mic comments.
At the time, Trump was caught saying he was "automatically attracted to beautiful [women]," and that when you're a star, "[y]ou can do anything ... Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything."
Let's face it: They sound far from “honorable” even by Trump's own standards.
Taking the protest a bit further, many Twitter users chose to grill the president for having signed an anti-abortion executive order while “surrounded by men.” Yet another highlight of his history of respect for women...
Here are some of the most popular responses:
@realDonaldTrump how many women in your cabinet?— ton skeel (@naughtyT) March 8, 2017
@realDonaldTrump How about respecting women by respecting their reproductive health choices? Their health, their choices, their rights - not yours.— Brigantian in Exile (@Wenxue2222) March 8, 2017
@realDonaldTrump Here's a thought: honor them with policy, not meaningless tweets— Maria (@MariaMelee) March 8, 2017
Did the president think his past was going to be so easily forgotten? Probably. But then again, he's not all that great at seeing — or even admitting to — his own flaws.
It will take more than a couple of tweets to get the crowd convinced he's had a change of heart.
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