MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough said that President Donald Trump “is basically saying women need not apply in this administration” during a Thursday morning segment — even though several of Trump’s key administrative positions are filled by women.
Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski pointed to Tuesday’s elections across the country in which the Democratic Party made significant gains. In particular, the MSNBC host highlighted New Jersey’s Ashley Bennett (D), who ousted incumbent John Carman. Bennett said her campaign was driven by Carman’s comments on social media asking if the Women’s March on Washington would be “over in time for them to cook dinner.”
“You may have heard this story from Tuesday’s elections, but it’s worth telling again,” Brzezinski said. “Carmen said he was joking around; now it’s Bennett who is laughing hysterically. She won by nearly a thousand votes, kicked him out. About 14,000 total cast. You know what? I mean — I guess I should say the story speaks for itself, Joe.”
Agreeing that Bennett’s story “speaks for itself,” Scarborough said Election Day stories like that fit “with what you and I were hearing, both of us from a lot of women that were in Virginia saying, guess what? It’s raining, and guess what? There are women standing in line [to vote].”
“And it’s so interesting — in all my years covering politics and being in politics, I’ve never heard a description like that. It’s raining and these women, they’re just standing in line and they’re not moving. They’re not going anywhere,” Scarborough continued. “This is the revenge that they are seeking for all of the slights that Donald Trump has done.”
Scarborough then turned his attention toward ripping the president for nominating “predominantly white men” for positions in his administration. The “Morning Joe” co-host also pointed to the U.S. attorneys Trump has been appointing. Back in September, CNN ran an article headlined, “Trump has nominated 42 people for US attorney. Only one is a woman.”
These statistics led Scarborough to claim that women weren’t welcome in Washington, D.C.
“Donald Trump is basically saying women need not apply in this administration,” Scarborough said. “If you are looking, if you want to be a U.S. attorney or a judge or these other positions and guess what, women are pushing back and they’re pushing back hard. It’s going to make a huge difference in 2018.”
In his assessment, Scarborough failed to mention that women serve in key positions in Trump’s administration.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who became the first woman to run a winning U.S. presidential campaign in 2016, told NBC News back in September that it’s no surprise Trump has elevated women to prominent roles in his White House.
“That is just natural for Donald Trump to hire and elevate women to high positions,” she said.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders became the third woman to ever serve in the role when she assumed her position in July. With Sanders and communications director Hope Hicks at the helm, it’s been the first time that any administration had women serving simultaneously in both roles. In addition, roughly 62 percent of Trump’s White House press team are women, NBC News reported.
“I spend a lot of time around the president, and I’ve never felt anything but respected and empowered by him to do my job,” Sanders told NBC News. “Can he be tough? Yes. But he’s equally tough on men. People want to say ‘Oh, he’s tough on women’ — no, he’s tough on everybody.”
During a press briefing, Sanders also said, “I am the first mom to hold the job of the White House press secretary. That says less about me than it does about this president,” adding that “every little girl in America should grow up in a country that if we deliver on the president’s agenda of better jobs, better health care, and a better tax system, that incentivizes women to work and raise children.”
Heather Nauert serves as State Department spokeswoman, while Sarah Isgur Flores serves as the Justice Department spokeswoman. In addition, Betsy DeVos serves as Secretary of Education, while Elaine Chao serves as Secretary of Transportation.
But Scarborough omitted these facts when bemoaning Trump’s lack of women U.S. attorney appointees.