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Should President Trump take credit for the number of women in Congress?

President Trump, never known as a real champion of women, spent a substantial portion of the State of the Union speaking about women's issues, covering topics from reproductive rights to the threat of violence facing many women crossing the southern border. When the president began touting the high rates of employment among women, the women of the 116th Congress stood up and cheered. Trump clearly felt proud of the changing demographics, but others say he missed the point. What do you think?

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During the speech, Trump bragged about the high rates of employment among women in the United States during his tenure. In response, the women of the 116th Congress jumped to their feet and began cheering. Per the New York Times

No one has benefited more from our thriving economy than women, who have filled 58 percent of the newly created jobs last year.
(Women cheering in the crowd)
You weren’t supposed to do that. Thank you very much.
All Americans can be proud that we have more women in the workforce than ever before...
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After the cheering subsided, the president told the women to remain standing, before going on to explain it was the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote. 

Don’t sit yet, you’re going to like this. And exactly one century after Congress passed the constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, we also have more women serving in Congress than at any time before. That’s great. Really great. And congratulations.
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Yet while Trump may, in some way, be responsible for the large constituency of women now in Congress, it is probably not in the way he would hope. As noted by columnist Frank Bruni in the New York Times, most of the women are Democrats, elected on a wave of anti-Trump sympathies to push back against his agenda. 

There are 102 in the House. But here’s the thing: That group includes 89 Democrats and just 13 Republicans. History was made courtesy of the party that he worked hard in the midterms to defeat, that he works hard all the time to diminish and that he repeatedly trolled in the rest of his remarks on Tuesday night. If he’d had his way and sway, those rows of white would have been sparser. But he neither exhibited any awareness of that nor made any resolution to improve his party’s stubbornly miserable record of recruiting and promoting female candidates.
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By celebrating their election, he just really missed the point. 

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