Washington (AFP) – Donald Trump, whose presidential campaign was nearly derailed by sexual harassment charges and his boasts about groping women, tweeted Wednesday — International Women’s Day — that he had “tremendous respect” for women.
He later added: “On International Women’s Day, join me in honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world.”
“There’s not evidence of #45’s respect for women,” wrote a woman by the handle of BintibirdC. “Women are props & products for him. That is all.”
Trump faced a spate of sexual misconduct accusations in the weeks leading up to the election. He denied any wrongdoing and vowed to sue the more than a dozen women behind the claims, although no lawsuit had been filed yet.
Trump claimed that his taped comments were “locker-room banter,” and denounced the sex assault allegations as lies and fabricated stories.
The remark led to knitted pink caps with “pussy cat” ears becoming one of the main symbols of massive women-led anti-Trump rallies across US cities the day after the president’s inauguration in January.