Donald Trump has sparked outrage after asking a group of women at one of his rallies if their husbands were okay with them being there.
The US President appeared to recognize the group of supporters at the event in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on Saturday, and asked how many of his rallies they’d attended.
His remarks about their spouses resulted in laughter from the crowd and came as he performed a mock poll for who should replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the US Supreme Court.
“Oh there they are. How many of these have you come to?” he asked. “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 said.
One Twitter user said the businessman-turned-politician’s “misogyny will always come spilling out…he’s actually laughable”.
While another said: “That’s what they believe makes America great, women asking permission to do things.”
And a third said the idea that women would vote for him is “mind boggling”.
It comes as Trump caused further controversy by rushing to appoint a successor to liberal icon Ms Ginsburg before the election on November 3.
He said he refused to believe reports that Ms Ginsburg’s dying wish was for the appointment to take place after the country has voted for its next president.
“I’d much rather have a vote before the election,” he said. “We have plenty of time to do it.”
Two federal appeals court judges appointed by Trump are clear front-runners: Amy Coney Barrett of the Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Barbara Lagoa of the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ms. Ginsburg died on Friday of complications from pancreatic cancer at age 87. Trump plans to announce his pick on Saturday, which would be before Ms. Ginsburg has been buried.
Her death gives Trump and his party an opportunity to establish a 6-3 conservative majority on a court whose decisions influence many spheres of American life.
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, agreed 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 Trump said he feels he has an “obligation” to do it while he’s in office.
He added: “It will be a woman. An incredibly talented, very brilliant woman, who I haven’t chosen yet, but we have numerous women on the list.”