Equal pay, parental leave, abortion, education, gun control, climate change, the economy, trade, terrorism, foreign policy. You know, women’s issues. Or, as they are also known, issues. Donald Trump is sick and tired of Hillary Clinton playing the woman card, which is apparently the only reason she has any support at all. Of course, you could be forgiven for thinking that Trump has played the woman card more furiously than Clinton this year, with his offensive comments about Fox’s Megyn Kelly, Carly Fiorina’s face, Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi, Senator Elizabeth Warren, women who have abortions and Bill Clinton’s infidelities.
This week the media decided to hit back, specifically in a New York Times article about 50 different women from Trump’s past and their encounters with him. Spoiler alert: it paints a very unflattering picture. Trump is predictably in full denial mode but surprisingly so is the GOP machine, with the RNC Chairman saying that people don’t really care about that sort of thing. Unfortunately Trump’s consistently high negative polling among national women voters tells a different story. Unless Trump starts working right now to win them over, this sorely needed demographic will play a large part in denying him the presidency.
To state the obvious: it’s 2016. In the year of America’s first potential woman president, first woman NFL coach and first woman combatant commander, is it still necessary to play gender politics? Granted, Clinton has her own problems with women, especially Republican women, which is why so far she’s tried to focus on the issues and her experience. But if Trump insists on repeating his mistakes of the past, come November he’ll find out that hell hath no fury (or memory) like women voters.
Think the UK is more willing to embrace strong female leaders? You’re absolutely correct. Movie for your mood: Elizabeth