Georgia Democrats on Trump’s failed record on women

July 27, 2020

As Joe Biden rolled out his women’s agenda, the Democratic Party of Georgia released the following statement:

“Trump has a history of saying he respects women, but his actions tell a completely different story,” said Democratic Party of Georgia Chairwoman and state senator Nikema Williams. “Throughout his presidency, Trump has repeatedly acted to undermine women’s access to health care, equal pay, and paid family leave, breaking key campaign promises to Georgians. We deserve so much better. Fortunately, Joe Biden has a strong record of fighting for our values and Georgia women will show up in November to elect him as our next president.” 

“Trump has shown his contempt for women time and again, including his dangerous attempts to eliminate the Affordable Care Act which would strip health care coverage from tens of thousands of Georgia women and bring us back to a time when being a woman itself was considered a pre-existing condition,” said Rep. Bee Nguyen, Vice Chair of the Democratic Party of Georgia. “It’s time to elect a president who will be a real leader on women’s health. Joe Biden will champion improving women’s health and our access to health care, and reverse the Trump Administration and states’ all-out assault on women’s rights.”

BACKGROUND ON TRUMP’S FAILED RECORD WITH WOMEN

As he campaigned all across the country in 2016, Trump vowed to “do more for women than anybody else” and specifically said he would support women’s health issues.

Trump promised to “solve” the “big problem” of child care, saying “‘we’re going to solve that problem. That means we need working mothers to be fairly compensated for their work and ensure they have affordable quality child care for their kids.’” [U.S. News and World Report, 9/13/16]

  • The Trump tax bill reduced the value of the child and dependent care credit for many working families, while handing massive giveaways to billionaires and corporations. [Elaine Maag, Tax Policy Center, 11/27/18]
  • Infant care in Georgia costs 15.6% more per year than in-state tuition for 4-year public college. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), child care is affordable if it costs no more than 10% of a family’s income. By this standard, only 37.7% of Georgia families can afford infant care. [GEEARS

At a White House Summit on Child Care and Paid Leave, Trump said “and as a candidate for President, I pledged to advance paid family leave.  With this important step, we are delivering.  And we are really delivering like nobody has, I think, ever delivered before.” [Trump remarks, 10/12/19]

  • The Trump administration scaled back paid leave requirements for employers under covid-19 relief legislation, Exempting Small Businesses With Fewer Than 50 Workers. [New York Times, 4/2/20]
  • Trump’s family leave proposal forces parents to “borrow from their future selves,” fails to cover care for sick family members or protect parents’ jobs while on leave.

Promise: In 2016, Trump vowed to “bring back our jobs” for the “70 million American women and children” that “live in poverty or near the brink of poverty.” [Trump Campaign Rally, 10/29/16]

Reality: During the coronavirus crisis, women have been disproportionately likely to be laid off, to have left the labor market, or to quit their jobs to care for their families. 

Reality: Trump’s White House revoked the 2014 Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order and spent two years trying to sabotage an Obama-era rule to close the gender pay gap by requiring companies to release pay data by race and gender.

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