When people claim that President Donald Trump is a misogynist, they have plenty of evidence to back them up.
During the campaign, Trump provided that evidence on a nearly daily basis. He made fun of his female opponents for their looks, brushed off old claims of sexual harassment and made crude jokes about female news reporters and menstruation.
Then there was the famous tape of Trump bragging about how he grabbed women by the genitals just because he could.
Now that the man is President of the United States, the proof of his anti-woman world view comes in loftier ways.
For example, the United Nations is holding the 61st annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women this month. The conference focuses on issues affecting women and families around the globe.
As part of the U.S. delegation to the conference, the Trump State Department has sent two groups that are outspoken critics of LGBTQ rights and women’s equality.
One group is the famous (infamous?) Heritage Foundation. This conservative group supports tax cuts, increased military spending, smaller central government…you get the idea. They are also on record as referring to the U.N.’s agenda on women’s rights as “misguided.” They have claimed, in writing, that the U.N. conventions on women “undermine family, religion, and sovereignty.”
They also advocate for huge cuts in the Trump budget to programs that are dedicated to preventing violence against women. They don’t think it’s money well spent.
Not the group you would expect a pro-woman administration to send to New York.
But they aren’t as bad as The Center for Family and Human Rights (C-FAM) which has been labeled a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
This group, which calls itself a “think tank,” is known for its violent rhetoric and its international effort to curtail LGBTQ rights. They have referred to gay marriage and adoption by gay couples as threats to public health and safety.
Both of these groups go against everything that both Niki Haley (UN Ambassador) and Rex Tillerson (U.S. Secretary of State) said that they stood for in their confirmation hearings. Both will be a part of international discussions on the role of the U.N. in protecting the rights and the safety of women and children around the world.
I think we know, from the fact that the Trump administration sent them to the conference, that the accusations of misogyny in the White House are hardly exaggerations.
Here is a video of what the commission is truly trying to achieve.
Featured image via YouTube screengrab.