MCENANY: Trump Is Winning For Women — And It Shows In The Fundraising
Though you’ll rarely hear it from the media, President Trump continues to receive strong support from female voters across the country – and our fundraising numbers prove it.
Federal Election Commission data shows that the Trump campaign took in more first quarter donations from female donors than any other Democrat 2020 campaign.
In fact, Trump campaign donations from women more than doubled female donations from the runner-up campaign. While the Trump campaign had 10,375 women donate in the first quarter, California Sen. Kamala Harris’ campaign came in second with just 3,850 female donors.
Our online numbers tell a similar story. Of our total online donations from January 2019 through May 6, 2019, 51 percent of our online donors were women, compared to 49 percent men.
At the Trump campaign, we find this overwhelming female support to be unsurprising, for it is a direct reaction to the immense progress President Trump has made for all Americans, including women.
Overall, the unemployment rate has hit generational lows and all-time lows for black Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, veterans, and the disabled. Meanwhile, paychecks are growing at the fastest pace in a decade and twice as fast for low- and middle-income Americans. Nearly 70 percent of economists tell the Wall Street Journal that they expect paychecks to grow at an even faster rate over the course of this year.
Given these tremendous numbers, it’s perhaps unsurprising that 71 percent of Americans rate the economy as “in good shape,” according to this CNN poll.
But the untold story of the Trump economy is that women are winning nationwide because of Trump’s policies aimed to help the working mom, an agenda spearheaded by Senior Adviser Ivanka Trump.
Under President Trump, female unemployment has hit a 65-year low. For 11 straight months, female unemployment has been below 4 percent. Compare that to both Presidents Obama and Bush, who did not once see female unemployment fall below 4 percent.
In 2018, women were employed in 58 percent of the jobs created in the Trump economy. Meanwhile, 74.9 million women are in the labor force, representing the highest number of working women in history.
And in 2017, the White House notes, that “the Small Business Administration lent approximately $500 million more in capital to women-owned businesses … compared to 2016.”
But beyond rising wages and more jobs, in an initiative led by Ivanka Trump, the Trump administration is putting a sharp focus on helping working moms.
As noted by the president’s Council of Economic Advisers, child care costs “represent 24 percent of the median hourly wage across states, and pose a substantial cost to work when layered on top of taxes on earnings.”
Trump has sought to rectify both of these drains on Americans’ paychecks.
On the tax side, Trump’s tax cuts added thousands of dollars to the average American family’s paycheck. Beyond an overall tax deduction, the standard deduction nearly doubled and the child tax credit did double — the latter of which was pushed forward by Ivanka Trump.
Also spearheaded by Ivanka was Trump’s paid family leave proposal. This is officially the first president to include a nationwide paid family leave program in his budget, a policy proposal that he advocated for and highlighted during this year’s State of the Union Address.
All of this comes on top of the myriad of workforce development opportunities made available to women and Americans nationwide.
In short, Trump continues to advocate for working women and working families, and women have taken notice.
We see it in the vast fundraising donations from women, and I see it personally at each and every one of the president’s rallies across the nation.
“Women for Trump” signs and t-shirts are routinely and proudly displayed all along the endless and enthusiastic lines of eager rally goers. Female support for the president is always vivid and on full display.
It baffles the media, but it shouldn’t. Women care about the issues, and there’s no greater president for women than Donald Trump.
Kayleigh McEnany (@KayleighMcEnany) is the national press secretary for President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign. She was previously national spokesperson for the Republican National Committee. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a BSFS from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service and is the author of “New American Revolution: The Making of a Populist Movement.”
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