Both candidates causing a stir

Monday, August 3, 2020
Chris Woodward, Sarah Duley (

Joe Biden & Donald TrumpWhile Trump's tweet about the possibility of delaying this year's presidential election is raising some eyebrows, critics of the newly released "Biden Agenda for Women" are taking issue with how the initiative portrays women as monolithic.

Patrice Lee Onwuka, senior policy analyst for the Independent Women's Forum (IWF), outlines the basic topics the former vice president addresses, such as equal pay, business ownership, and harassment.

"He kind of runs the gamut of issues that the far-left has been promoting and pushing for," she comments. "Some of the more heinous, concerning things they lay out talk about bringing back contraceptive mandates through the Affordable Care Act, and we know that there are lots of women who work in religious institutions, like nuns who probably would not be too interested in a contraceptive mandate."


Onwuka goes on to point out that the list treats women's beliefs as universal.

"All issues are women's issues, and that's what we say at the Independent Women's Forum, because truly, women don't just stay at home," says Onwuka. "They are in the work force, they are employers, they are entrepreneurs, they're in every industry, and certainly they are decision makers. So it's important that women's views and concerns on different issues are represented, but to think that all women think the same about any particular issue misses the fact that we vote and we think about what's in our best interest and what's in the interest of our family."

"Women for Trump" posterShe asserts that "Joe Biden's 'Women's Agenda' would not result in what women want."

Meanwhile, President Trump is causing a stir about the November election with just one tweet.

The president posted last week that "with universal mail-in voting (not absentee voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history."

"It will be a great embarrassment to the USA," Trump continued. "Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???"

Sandy RiosCritics have responded by claiming everything from the president is scared of losing to Joe Biden to he's trying to change the election date -- something the president does not have the power to do.

Sandy Rios, host of "Sandy Rios in the Morning" on American Family Radio and director of governmental affairs for American Family Association (AFA), says Trump is merely making a suggestion.

"He did not say, 'I'm going to delay the vote' or, 'We must delay the vote,'" notes Rios. "He's asking for a conversation, and, of course, even a lot of Republicans are taking advantage of this and twisting his words, blaming him for being irresponsible with his tweets."

Rios points out that voter fraud is a legitimate concern. Phil Kerpen of American Commitment, a politically active organization, feels the same.


"We've seen a number of problems, absentee ballot fraud schemes and the like, and we still have huge numbers of people on the voter rolls almost everywhere who shouldn't be," says Kerpen. "We do a very poor job of cleaning the voter rolls and keeping them up to date, and that creates a lot of mischief. So, the concerns are well-founded, but threatening to postpone the election is not a helpful way to deal with those concerns."

Kerpen thinks Trump's tweet "sort of feeds into various conspiracy theories from the angry left that he won't like losing power." But considering the president "likes to sort of goad on his critics," Kerpen suspects that may have been his aim here. "But I think it was probably ill-advised," he concludes.

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