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Trump Picks for Top Jobs Obliterate Sexism Charges

President-elect naming women to fill key posts after weathering media-driven accusations of misogyny

“Donald Trump Sexism Tracker: Every Offensive Comment in One Place,” read a Nov. 9 headline in The Telegraph.

“Donald Trump: All the Sexist Things He Said,” read another in the Independent on Oct. 9.

“She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling, which is crucial because nothing is more important than keeping our people safe.”

“18 Real Things Donald Trump Has Actually Said About Women,” was the title of a particularly hyperbolic list from The Huffington Post on Aug. 20, 2015.

Throughout his presidential campaign, President-Elect Donald Trump weathered intense fire from Democrats and the mainstream media seeking to paint him as a sexist and misogynist. Since his upset victory on Nov. 8, Trump has proven those attacks were nothing but cheap political talk.

Trump selected national security analyst K.T. McFarland Friday to serve as his deputy national security adviser.

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McFarland joins South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and school choice activist Betsy DeVos as women chosen to serve in top posts in Trump’s administration. In each case, Trump commended the women for their outstanding qualifications and expressed his gratitude for their willingness to serve in his upcoming administration.

“I am proud that K.T. has once again decided to serve our country and join my national security team,” Trump said in a statement Friday. “She has tremendous experience and innate talent that will complement the fantastic team we are assembling, which is crucial because nothing is more important than keeping our people safe.”

During the presidential election, Trump’s opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, did everything in her power to paint Trump as a man who only thought of women in terms of sexuality and physicality. Pointing to several unsavory examples of coarse talk from Trump, Clinton and her supporters painted an image of a deeply sexist figure.

“This is a man who has called women pigs, slobs, and dogs,” Clinton said during the first presidential debate in September.

Clinton not only frequently reminded voters that Trump had referred to former Miss Universe Alicia Machado as “Miss Housekeeping” and “Miss Piggy,” but even brought Machado out to several campaign rallies.

Trump’s daughter Ivanka was often an important surrogate to push back on the false narrative — pointing out how Trump had often given women positions of responsibility in his business organization. The then-GOP nominee’s selection of pollster Kellyanne Conway to lead his campaign for the final stretch of the election also helped dull the impact of the constant charges of sexism.

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The selection of McFarland, Haley, and DeVos to play important roles in his administration will likely lay the issue to rest permanently for most of the nation — aside from the hostile media and vindictive Democrats.

Trump called Haley a “proven deal-maker” who is a “great leader” with a “proven track record,” and called DeVos a “brilliant and passionate education advocate.”

McFarland praised Trump after her selection for the national security team.

“The American people chose Donald J. Trump to lead them for a reason,” McFarland said in a statement Friday. “He has the courage, brilliance, and energy to Make America Great Again, and nobody has called foreign policy right more than President-Elect Trump, and he gets no credit for it. I’m honored and humbled that he has asked me to be part of his team.”

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