When it comes to women's rights, President Donald Trump's stances are often not quite in sync. Though he claimed to be pro-woman, the infamous Access Hollywood tape revealed Trump bragging about grabbing women without permission (something he's denied acting upon). He's declared his allegiance to supporting women, yet his administration has discussed cutting maternity care from certain health care plans and defunding Planned Parenthood.
Trump's history on equal pay is just as murky. In fact, Trump once said that equal pay gets away from the American Dream.
On Equal Pay Day, this isn't an encouraging sentiment. Trump has also said that he believes in equal pay for equal work, but his other comments make believing him a little difficult. During a November 2015 interview with a Des Moines, Iowa, news station, Trump explained:
So, there are a few problems with this view. Pay based on performance sounds fair in theory, however, Trump's capitalistic view of pay means that people need to be fighting for their own pay, which places the responsibility of their achievement of getting fair pay or not on their own shoulders, regardless of outside influences.
If you look closer at what Trump actually said when he went on MSNBC's Morning Joe in August 2015 and claimed he believed in equal pay for equal work, it's definitely tempered rather than a whole-hearted endorsement.
Basically, Trump summed up his view of equal pay as a "very, very tricky question."
Fair pay is a generally simple concept that reasons that women and men with similar experience levels and the same job title should receive the same compensation for that job. It's not that difficult of a thing to support. To not agree with it, and to say that it is getting away from the American Dream or tricky to figure out is pretty unreasonable.
It doesn't help that Trump recently signed an executive order that rolls back protections for women in the workplace. Given his past examples, I wouldn't expect Trump to celebrate Equal Pay Day with any new legislation aimed at helping women.