Donald Trump pleaded again Tuesday for suburban women’s vote with a new message claiming he is ‘getting your husbands back to work’ as he struggles to maintain support from the key voting bloc.
The comment came during a rally in Lansing, Michigan on Tuesday afternoon and presents an outdated view that men are the breadwinners while suburban women keep home.
‘I’m also getting your husbands, they want to get back to work, right? They want to get back to work. We’re getting your husbands back to work, and everybody wants it,’ Trump said to a crowd of thousands of his supporters in the key battleground state.
‘And the cure can never be worse than the problem itself,’ he added.
He also touted that he is ‘getting your kids back to school,’ in speaking to suburban women.
Trump has railed for months against lockdowns and shutdowns related to the coronavirus pandemic, claiming shutting down business and industry, causing a record-number of job loss, is hurting Americans more than the virus itself.
‘We’re going to do great. And I love women, and I can’t help it. They’re the greatest. I love them much more than the men,’ the president said during his first of three campaign rallies on Tuesday – just one week before Election Day.
Donald Trump attempted to appeal to suburban women again on Tuesday by using the outdated promise that he is ‘getting your husbands back to work’
The president has been struggling to maintain support among suburban women, and has used his time campaigning to really appeal to the key voting bloc, pleading ‘you better love me’
Despite the president’s focus on ‘husbands,’ the pandemic has actually had a larger effect on women in the workplace.
Toward the end of July, the International Monetary Fund warned that coronavirus shutdowns are threatening working women more than working men.
‘The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to roll back gains in women’s economic opportunities, widening gender gaps that persist despite 30 years of progress,’ IMF officials said at the time.
Another projection from McKinsey & Company and LeanIn.Org showed one in four women claim they are considering slowing down their career or stepping away completely due to the demand the pandemic has placed on working mothers.
Parents have been forced into a partial teacher role as schools across the country remain closed, or partially virtual, in the midst of the pandemic.
White suburban women, particularly, have been leaving the Republican Party in droves and polls show Trump has diminishing support from that demographic.
Trump has also attempted to appeal to women in the suburbs by touting his ‘law & order’ mentality, claiming he will create a ‘safer’ America than Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
During the Michigan rally, Trump claimed that suburban women would back him in the presidential election because ‘they want security, they want safety, they want law and order.’
At a rally two weeks earlier in Pennsylvania, he said: ‘Can I ask you to do me a favor? Suburban women, would you please like me? Please. I saved your damn neighborhood, OK?’
In a disastrous interview with CBS News’ ’60 Minutes,’ which the president walked out of early last week, Trump said he was ‘kidding’ with the remarks in Pennsylvania.
President Trump’s comments about women on Tuesday came as part of his criticism of the Michigan governor, Democrat Gretchen Whitmer, and her continued lock downs in the rust belt state.
Trump took credit for federal law enforcement blocking an alleged plot to kidnap Whitmer, while also raising questions about the seriousness of the threat.
‘It was our people that helped her out with her problem,’ Trump said. ‘And we’ll have to see if it’s a problem. Right? People are entitled to say, ‘Maybe it was a problem, maybe it wasn’t.”
The crowd chanted, ‘Lock her up!’ at the mention of Whitmer.
Most polls show Trump trailing Biden in Michigan, which Trump won narrowly in 2016.
The president told his crowd of loyalists in the state that ‘seven days from now we’re going to win the great state of Michigan.’
Trump also held a rally in Wisconsin and Nebraska on Tuesday.