WASHINGTON – In the hours since Senator Kamala Harris President Trump joined the Democratic presidential ticket and then divided women into two categories: the good ones “Suburban housewife” He believes he will vote for him, and bad women who haven’t shown him or his political allies enough respect.
After Joseph R. Biden Jr., the alleged Democratic candidate, announced it on Tuesday Mrs. Harris would be his runner-upMr. Trump wasted no time getting her to the “evil” camp, a category occupied by the last woman to run against him with a Democratic ticket.
“She was extraordinarily angry with Brett Kavanaugh – Judge Kavanaugh then, now Judge Kavanaugh,” Trump said of Ms. Harris, using “evil” or one version of the word no less than four times when referring to Senate confirmation hearings at that time, Mr. Kavanaugh furiously tried to refute his emotional testimony Christine Blasey Ford, a professor who accused him of sexually assaulting her at a party in 1982, was on the receiving end of Questions from Mrs. Harris, a former prosecutor.
At one point, Ms. Harris asked the Supreme Court candidate if he could think of existing laws governing the male body. Mr. Kavanaugh couldn’t.
“She was angry to a level that was just a horrible thing,” said Mr. Trump on Tuesday. “And I won’t forget that anytime soon.”
Race-based attacks soon followed. On Wednesday morning after his allies on Fox News spent the evening comparing Ms. Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, to racist tropes including “time share sellers” and “payday lenders,” Mr. Trump crowed, that the American “suburban housewife” – a racist euphemism for white women wary of minorities moving into their neighborhood – would be on his side in November.
“They want security,” wrote Trump on Twitter, adding that they “are thrilled that I have ended the long-running program of low-income homes entering their neighborhood.” Regarding an Obama era Efforts that fostered the diversification of American communities.
When it comes to race and gender, Mr Trump has always believed that indulging his instincts has raised his political brand. But just like that public attitudes towards racism have shifted, threatening to turn Mr. Trump and his Confederate embrace into a living relic. His views of American women – especially the suburban ones – are similarly anachronistic.
According to Lyman Stone, a researcher at the Institute for Family Studies who studies the population, suburban wives make up only about 4 percent of the American population.
Taking a closer look at the data, the Bureau of Labor reported in 2019 that the employment rate of women with children under 6 was 66 percent. For mothers with children between the ages of 6 and 17, the employment rate was 77 percent.
Respondents who refer to the President’s problem of alienating some followers with his race and gender comments have long said that Mr. Trump can’t afford to lose The key group of predominantly white and largely suburban women who helped him win the presidency in 2016. However, in June an NPR / PBS NewsHour / Marist survey showed that 66 percent of suburban women disapproved of Mr Trump’s work.
Celinda Lake, a veteran Democratic pollster, said in an interview on Wednesday that the picture for the president has darkened even further among white suburban women Coronavirus pandemic dragging on, throwing more of them into uncertainty about the economy and forcing them to choose whether or not to send children back to school keep them at home.
“If he relies on this group to save him, he better get a life jacket,” Ms. Lake said of suburban white women. “They like security, they like security, but they think Trump’s lack of plan, poor leadership, not listening to experts has made things more dangerous for their families.”
She added, “Even the white suburban woman with no college degree turns against him, and these are some of the women who are most pressured when it comes to his “Mistreatment” of the coronavirus response.
When Mr. Trump insulted Ms. Harris on Tuesday, he peppered his usual misogynist “bad” gang with more naming, calling them the “meanest, horrible, disrespectful” member of the United States Senate.
With this, Ms. Harris joins a group of women that Mr. Trump believes are not sufficiently compliant.
He used the “nasty” slur most notoriously with his former Democratic rival for the presidency, Hillary Clinton – “Such a bad woman” he murmured from across the stage as the two were embroiled in a presidential debate. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a former hopeful and vocal critic of the Democratic President, had a “bad mouth”. House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi? “She’s an evil, vengeful, horrible person.”
Even Meghan Markle, the American-born Duchess of Sussex, was classified as “evil” for not supporting his candidacy for 2016.
“What can I say?” Mr Trump told a British tabloid last year, just before visiting the UK where he was received by the royal family. “I didn’t know she was angry.”
This time, in an Orwellian twist, Mr. Trump tried to go back on those comments recorded on tapetelling the public not to believe what they had just heard.
“I never called Meghan Markle” bad “,” Trump said on Twitter. “Made up by the fake news media and caught a cold!”
Mr Trump’s attacks on Ms. Harris have been mild compared to the naming and insults he has used against other opponents, including Ms. Clinton and Ms. Warren. Instead, Mr Trump has treated the junior senator as a newcomer at times and even praised Ms. Harris’ ability to attract large crowds.
“Shame. We’ll miss you Kamala!” Mr Trump said on Twitter in December after finishing her own presidential campaign.
“Don’t worry, Mr. President, I’ll see you at your trial,” replied Ms. Harris.
When Ms. Harris’ role was announced on Tuesday, both the president and his campaign appeared to be uncoordinated and unclear how best to effectively attack her files. But more ugly insults from Mr. Trump’s closest allies might have a clue of what’s to come: Last yearMr. Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., asked on Twitter if Ms. Harris, who is of Jamaican and Indian descent, was black enough to solve problems that black Americans face.
He eventually deleted the tweet.
Jeanna Smialek contributed to the reporting.