Trump launches “women’s empowerment tour,” which seems like a thing that can’t possibly go wrong

This past election season has been such a circus that, frankly, it’s hard not to feel like we’ve seen it all at this point. At least that was the case until Saturday, when vocal misogynist Donald Trump unveiled his campaign’s “women’s empowerment tour,” and it’s difficult to see how this could possibly go wrong.

The tour is led by campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson, Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara, campaign director of African American outreach Omarosa Manigault, Eric Trump Foundation vice president Lynne Patton, and YouTube stars turned Trump surrogates Lynette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson. It made its first stop in Ohio.

“If you look at the make up of our tour, we have a very diverse group here, the majority of ladies are African-American,” Lara said in an interview with Politico. “It speaks to who Donald Trump is, these are all women he’s touched in very different ways.”

Trump’s lady entourage is undeniably diverse — Lara is the only among them who isn’t a woman of color. But how that makes any of the statements or policy ideas he’s spewed out on the campaign trail (and, frankly, all his life) any less sexist, racist, or all around degrading to women is to be seen.

What Trump’s team is hoping to achieve through placing such emphasis on diversity in his women’s empowerment tour is a mystery, considering any woman who would support someone so blatantly racist and xenophobic probably doesn’t prize diversity much, anyway. Campaign spokeswoman Pierson literally identified “Diamond” and “Silk” as the campaign’s token black women to audience members at their Ohio stop, just to prove that black women who support Trump actually aren’t mythical creatures and do, in rare cases, exist.

“These are our two, obviously, black women who support Donald Trump. We figure if we take them with us, people can actually see them, they’ll know that black women who support Trump exist,” Pierson said of the vocally pro-Trump Youtube stars. Boy, she sure showed us, didn’t she?

Pierson, for her own part, has formerly identified President Obama as the “head Negro,” according to Politico, and made no shortage of grossly Islamophobic statements, but, hey! There exist at least two black women in this world who support Trump, so it’s all good!

The women’s empowerment tour, like Trump’s new plan for paid maternity leave (which literally cuts the 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave the Department of Labor currently guarantees women in half) released Tuesday, is some of the candidate’s most blatant pandering yet, perhaps second to that time he went and awkwardly danced at a black church. He’s polling awfully with female voters: as of April, seven in 10 women held an unfavorable view of the Republican nominee, and as of July, 59 percent of female voters are voting for Clinton in the largest electoral gender gap in recent history.

This could obviously have a little something to do with women being inspired to vote for a candidate they personally identify with, or, maybe, just maybe, it might also have something to do with Trump’s draconian policy ideas on abortion, history of workplace sexual harassment and dismissal of it, allegations of domestic abuse, and general terrible, terrible, misogynistic commentary.

In general, Republican politicians don’t tend to perform well among female voters, which, given their stances on reproductive rights and pay equality is a total mystery, and most aren’t even anywhere near as blatant in their sexism as Trump has been. I mean, remember those naive days in 2012 when then-Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s “binders full of women” comment was the kind of thing that made the news?

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As for what the women’s empowerment tour will precisely entail, the women leading the tour are quite literally winging it. “We really don’t have any idea what we’re doing, except we said, ‘We’ve got to go out and tell people what a great guy Donald Trump is,'” Lara told audience members in Ohio, Politico reported.

For starters, I’d say Lara and squad should be rehearsing how they’re going to field all the questions about their candidate’s long history of misogyny, but she can hardly be blamed for being so unprepared. I mean, how does one even begin to prepare for such a task?