GOP Women’s History Month Tweet Celebrates Donald Trump, a Man

The GOP tweeted a false claim that Donald Trump has appointed more women in Cabinet positions that any previous President.

Donald Trump and Melania Trump

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Donald Trump and Melania Trump

This administration doesn't have the best track record when it comes to social mediaorfact checking. Consider this yet another example.

.@realDonaldTrump has appointed more women to senior-level positions than previous administrations. He’s empowering ALL Americans with his winning agenda. #WomensHistoryMonth

— GOP (@GOP) March 3, 2018

Yesterday (March 3rd), the official Twitter account for the GOP celebrated Women's History Month by tweeting a fun fact (or, more accurately, an alternative fact): that Trump has placed more women in Cabinet positions than any previous President. "He's empowering ALL Americans with his winning agenda #WomensHistoryMonth," it reads. The GOP tweet flew under the radar at first, until Donald Trump, Jr. retweeted it, thereby increasing its visibility. That turned out to be an unwise move. Why? Because aside from the GOP's poor judgment in celebrating Trump (a man) during Women's History Month, the tweet is completely false.

17% of cabinet secretaries and 27% overall actually means he has fewer than any president in recent memory....

You sure you want to keep this tweet live? It's pretty much a bald-faced lie.

— Constantine Singer (@ajaxsinger) March 3, 2018

Once the statement picked up steam, people on Twitter came bearing receipts, proving that former President Barack Obama had seven women serving in Cabinet-level positions by the end of his term (making up 30.4 percent of senior positions) as opposed to Trump's 24 percent.

amazing what a 30 second Google search can accomplish, ain’t it ??

— Robb S. ( he/him ) 🏳️‍🌈🇺🇸🇸🇪!🇺🇦! 🌻 ☮️ (@MyUnFabLife) March 3, 2018

Twitter users also dug up a September report from the The Guardian that completely debunks the GOP's assertion about Trump's pro-women hiring streak. It found that 80 percent of top nominations had been given to men. "Without a significant shift, men will outnumber women four-to-one in top positions of the Trump administration," The Guardian determined, adding that the president is "on track to assemble the most male dominated federal government in nearly a quarter century."

The "empowering ALL Americans with his winning agenda" part of the tweet is especially troubling, given Trump's own scandals involving women. People were quick to remind the GOP of our President's confession to grabbing women "by the pussy" and his claims that he'd date Ivanka Trump if she weren't his daughter.

It's also worth noting that the White House continues to be a revolving door as a number of women have left or have announced their resignations, including Hope Hicks, Dina Powell, K.T. McFarland, and Katie Walsh.

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