Collins Faces Mockery Over Failed International Women’s Day Tweet


From the infamous Access Hollywood tape to far too many other examples, President Donald Trump has largely defined his time in the public spotlight with – among other things – deriding women. He’s followed up his personal sexist grossness with policy changes like eliminating federal funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides a whole lot of important health services including abortions. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) must have missed all of this – to give her the obviously far too generous benefit of the doubt – because this Sunday, she tweeted a message of support for International Women’s Day like she didn’t just miss opportunity after opportunity to hold the sexist-in-chief accountable.

Collins quite swiftly faced mockery for her post. She originally shared:

‘International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the countless contributions of women leaders in every field, from science to business to politics. It is also a time to recommit to advancing and empowering women and girls worldwide.’

She added a plug for legislation that she has introduced with Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, which she insisted could  “help girls reach their full potential and become the next generation of decision makers.”

That may be true, but as folks say – actions speak louder than words, and the actions of the administration that Collins has consistently supported with rare exceptions undercuts the ability of women and girls to actually reach that “full potential.” Besides Trump’s personal sexism, Trump nominated – and Collins supported – credibly alleged sexual predator Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Collins empowered the ardently conservative Kavanaugh – personal history and all – to make decisions about health policy that could affect millions of American women. So her words ring hollow.

As one commenter put it:

’Know what is really helpful to girls and women? Not putting RAPISTS on the Supreme Court.’

It’s true. Meanwhile, when it comes to Trump personally and the way Collins has responded, she dubiously insisted at the conclusion of impeachment proceedings against him that he’d learned his “lesson” – but there’s no evidence of this. Collins may lose her re-election race this November in the wake of all this controversy.

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