Following Karen Handel’s electoral victory in Georgia’s 6th District special election last night, the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., vented some strange frustrations about the GOP candidate’s victory. Namely, Trump Jr. was upset that the media didn’t capitalize on what he considered an important accomplishment: that Karen Handel will become the first female GOP member of Congress to represent the state of Georgia.
Karen Handel becomes 1st Woman Rep GA has sent to Congress. Still waiting for the glass ceiling stories, or do conservatives not get them?
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) June 21, 2017
Trump Jr. ignores one very important fact, however: Handel, while being the first Republican woman elected to Congress from the state of Georgia, isn’t the first woman ever elected to Congress from that state. That distinction belongs to Florence Reville Gibbs, a Democrat who was first elected in the 1940s to serve Georgia in Congress. Many other Democratic women from Georgia have similarly been elected since that time.
Many other observers on Twitter took Trump Jr. to task for his ill-thought out comments.
Florence Gibbs, Helen Mankin, Iris Blitch, Cynthia McKinney, and Denise Majette all prev held Georgia seats in the House of Representatives.
— Jaime Primak (@JaimePrimak) June 21, 2017
She's not the first woman. Is Google really that hard to use?
— Jeremy Dickey (@JeremyDDickey) June 21, 2017
Except, she's NOT the first female GA Representative. She's just the first woman that sexist GA Republicans have elected. #Google
— (((SAB))) (@sualbu) June 21, 2017
Trump University education at its finest. Not 1st woman, 1st GOP has sent. Which isn't necessarily something to be boasting about.
— Mike Yablonski (@myablonski) June 21, 2017
Others noted that support for women candidates shouldn’t be automatic, especially if the candidates don’t support causes that help feminism in the long run.
That's not how feminism works. We don't blindly follow women. It's about choosing leaders who fight for women's rights.
— Meg Bee (@oneretrocupcake) June 21, 2017
Trump Jr.’s disdain is probably unwarranted entirely because a glass ceiling that has already been broken cannot be broken twice. Furthermore, that it took the GOP more than 70 years after the Democrats to put into Congress its own female representative speaks volumes about their own party’s problems, not its accomplishments.