Before Tuesday’s comments, it wasn’t entirely clear that Trump was a sexist; he did put some women in powerful positions in his administration and in the Trump Organization. But by appealing to suburban women to support him because he’s helping their husbands, Trump suggested he believes the workplace is the proper domain of men. This is textbook sexism.
Of course, Trump’s assumption that all women have — or should have — husbands is also terribly retrograde and offensive and will almost certainly be off-putting to single women (among others). Unmarried women are more than a quarter of the country’s population, according to the Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund.
His sexism isn’t even the most jaw-dropping of the implications made by these offensive remarks — that’s reserved for how divorced they are from the reality of what American women are really going through. Trump says he’s looking out for the husbands, but it’s women themselves who need help getting back to work: over 800,000 of the 1.1 million people who left the workforce between August and September were women, according to the National Women’s Law Center.