While speaking at this week’s Republican National Convention, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, addressed the “gender gap.”
She spoke at length about the gap that cuts into the pay that working American women take home. Many estimates show women only earning 77 cents or so to every dollar an American man earns.
Vox even said that the younger member of the Trump family made a “great point” in her elaboration of motherhood as underscoring the wage gap.
As Ivanka noted at the RNC:
‘Women represent 46 percent of the total US labor force, and 40 percent of American households have female primary breadwinners. In 2014, women made 83 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Single women without children earned 94 cents, whereas married mothers made only 77 cents. As researchers have noted, gender is no longer a factor creating the greatest wage discrepancy — motherhood is.’
Many observers took the speech as a ploy to win over those inclined to be at odds with the hard right wing stances Trump has on many issues. Indeed, Ivanka claimed to be speaking for her father on the gender wage gap issues that she addressed.
Featured below is a clip of her speech, via Russia Today on Twitter:
— RT America (@RT_America) July 22, 2016
And as Russia Today also softly noted, “Her speech about working mothers left some feeling that she would have been at home at the other camp.”
As is now effectively tradition, right wing Twitter users went to a much further extreme.
Trump-supporting social media exploded at the notion that a numbers-based assertion like the very existence of the gender wage gap could be true. Some of the reactions implied they were surprised that anything the Democrats work for could be a legitimate concern.
Ivanka's now citing liberal stats on the gender wage gap? Good grief. #RNCinCLE
— Melissa Braunstein (@slowhoneybee) July 22, 2016
Ivanka is now complaining about the gender wage gap and promising gov't childcare. Guess she wasn't kidding about being not a conservative.
— (Stephanie) Slade (@sladesr) July 22, 2016
One Twitter user made their apprehensions at Ivanka’s remarks startlingly physical.
Mitch McConnell just punched Ivanka Trump in the face for her left leaning progressive ideas#RNCinCLE
— nicola picionier (@mrpicionier) July 22, 2016
For all Ivanka’s efforts, her father still remains at a massive disadvantage with women voters. Hillary Clinton leads among women by up to 10 percent according to some estimates.
Trump’s dismal numbers among women underline his dismal numbers across the board. He is looking at a resounding defeat come November, according to all major polls.