At the rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Saturday night, Mr Trump announced that he would nominate a woman to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, following her death on Friday evening.
The president then pretended to do a poll to work out who he should nominate for the lifetime appointment, when he spotted a group of women in the crowd that he seemed to recognise.
“Ok let’s do a poll. Oh there they are. How many of these have you come to?”, he asked the group of women.
“What is this, number what? Like, 90? I see ‘em all over the place, they’re great,” he added.
“Anyway, I hope your husbands are OK with it,” he told the group. “Are they OK? They're OK. You have good husbands,” the president added.
Trump to women attending his rally: “I hope your husbands are okay with it.” pic.twitter.com/HdnCv4ydkF— DNC War Room (@DNCWarRoom) September 20, 2020
Twitter users were shocked by his comments, and user @BarbaraRyan6 tweeted: “You can't make this stuff up; his misogyny will always come spilling out it's so ingrained he can't help himself; he's actually laughable.”
you can't make this stuff up ; his misogyny will always come spilling out it's so ingrained he can't help himself; he's actually laughable— Barbara Ryan (@BarbaraRyan6) September 20, 2020
User @scrabblemalibu claimed: “And there it is. That’s what they believe makes America great, women asking permission to do things.”
While @ShanetteCohen said: “This is gross - beyond the ‘permission’ he’s also implying the husbands would be jealous.”
This is gross - beyond the “permission” he’s also implying the husbands would be jealous. It’s similar to his assumption revealed in the Access Hollywood tape that the only objection a woman might have to him unexpectedly kissing them was if he hadn’t just had a mint. 🤢— Shanette Barth Cohen (@ShanetteCohen) September 20, 2020
Twitter user @GeauxShelley added: “If women still vote for him, it's mind boggling,” while @liberalgoddess reacted: “Women don't need permission to do things,” and @candylee8 simply wrote: “What?”
What?— Candace DiPietro (@candylee8) September 20, 2020
Mr Trump’s comments came amid controversy surrounding the timeline of the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice, with Democratic officials calling for it to wait until after 3 November’s election.
A place on the court is a lifetime position and if a justice is appointed by Mr Trump, it would likely give it a Conservative super majority that could stand for decades.
On Friday evening, Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden, said that the nomination should wait until after the election, following a tribute to Ms Ginsburg.
He said: “There is no doubt, let me be clear, that the voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider.”
However, at the rally on Saturday night the president confirmed that he will nominate Ms Ginsburg’s replacement while he is in office, because he feels he has an “obligation” to.
He added: “It will be a woman. A very talented, very brilliant woman, who I haven't chosen yet, but we have numerous women on the list.”