Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is no stranger to making disparaging remarks about large swaths of people. Women and Muslims are two such groups — and ones Trump managed to simultaneously insult on Monday.
The comment: While speaking about his approach to foreign policy at a New Hampshire rally, Trump noted that the United States should decrease attempts to impart "freedom" to other cultures, the Daily Beast reported. Trump cited some Muslim women's advocacy for wearing burqas or hijabs, in contrast to predominant Western opposition to it, as an example. Then, he decided to editorialize.
"Fact is, it's easier," Trump said. "You don't have to put on makeup. Look how beautiful everyone looks. Wouldn't it be easier? Right? Wouldn't that be easy?"
The hits keep coming: Trump has previously said he "cherishes" women, but apparently his definition of "cherish" includes authoritatively opining about women's bodies in all capacities — including their beauty, their natural functions, what women can do with their bodies and now their makeup secrets.
When it comes to Muslims, Trump said there's a "very severe problem" with some Muslims and that "it wasn't people from Sweden who blew up the World Trade Center," the Washington Examiner reported.
Beyond revealing Trump's biases regarding these groups, his statement misses the mark. While many Muslim women certainly believe that wearing a burqa is a feminist and liberating act, makeup is rarely (if ever) the primary or sole motivation for their choice. What's more, there are plenty of burqa-wearing women who also choose to wear makeup.
Perhaps the next time Trump speaks about his stance on substantive issues — like foreign policy, the topic he was supposedly addressing — he'll rely on facts and informed opinions rather than biased, sexist presumptions.
h/t New York