Is it possible to be a feminist Trump supporter? | The Tylt
Is it possible to be a feminist Trump supporter?
At the Inbound 2017 conference in Boston, former First Lady Michelle Obama had some choice words for women who didn't support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election:
"Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice."
"What does it mean for us as women that we look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said, that guy, he's better for me, his voice is more true to me. Well, to me that just says you don't like your voice. You like the thing you're told to like."
Others have defended women who chose to support Trump. Despite his misogynistic tendencies, about 53 percent of white women voted for Trump, a fact some feminist have found extremely puzzling. But if feminism is ultimately about women being empowered to make their own decisions, shouldn't they be free to support whoever they want?
"I believe in equality between the sexes. I have the right and capability to make my own decisions, and live the life I choose for myself. Because I am a feminist I know and exercised my right not to be put in a box or voting group and to freely think and make my own judgment as to who I thought would be the best candidate for president. It is a mistake to believe a feminist must support someone because of their anatomy and not their actions. A feminist does not blindly do what she is told or expected, she thinks and makes her own choices."