President Donald Trump has officially declared that he’s not a feminist.
He made the statement during an interview with British journalist and former CNN host Piers Morgan. On Saturday, Morgan began tweeting excerpts from his talk with Trump. During the interview, Morgan asks Trump if he considers himself a “feminist,” a word that can have different connotations
“No, I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist,” Trump replied. “I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far. 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.”
The Daily Mail indicated that Morgan, its editor-at-large, wrote on Sunday that Trump seemed surprised by the question.
“But I have tremendous respect for women,” Trump said during the interview for ITV.com. “You see all of the women I have working around me and working with me. Tremendous respect for women.”
Morgan also asked about women who “think he is the worst kind of sexist, misogynist pig.”
Trump replied: “Well, I am for them…and I think a lot of them understand that.”
“I won many categories of women and the women vote in the election, and people were shocked to see it. I was running against a woman and I’m winning all of these categories,” he said.
What did Trump say about gender equality?
Morgan, a co-host of “Good Morning Britain,” asked Trump if he agrees with gender equality and harassment protections for women in the workplace protections.
Trump replied, “I do.”
He added: “I also think they want to feel safe at the border. I think they want to see our military get much stronger. Women want to see… a strong law enforcement. I’m very much a law-and-order person. There’s nobody better than me on the military. I think women really like that.
“I think they want to be safe at home, in many different respects,” Trump said.
Trump’s remarks came the week after hundreds of thousands of marchers flooded streets across the country to mark the anniversary of the 2017 Women’s March held on the first full day of Trump’s administration.
Some protesters carried signs that read, “Grab Him by the Mid-terms” — a jab at comments Trump made on “Access Hollywood” video about groping women.
In response to last week’s marches, Trump tweeted: “Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!”
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