The presumptive Republican nominee continues to boast that he will appeal more to women than Hillary Clinton in November’s general election. But do the polls back up his claims?
Trump’s comments on the subject have been, as to be expected at this point, met with praise by his base and protest by his competitors.
Trump: Hillary’s “woman card” is propping up her polls
Last month, Donald Trump accused Clinton of playing the “woman card” and suggested she would be a failed candidate if she were a man.
“Well I think the only card she has is the woman’s card. She’s got nothing else going. And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5% of the vote.”
The line got an eye roll from Governor Chris Christie’s wife, Mary Pat Christie, who was standing behind Trump. It also got a response from Clinton, albeit a carefully scripted one, using the opportunity to shift back to policy differences between the two candidates.
“Well, if fighting for women’s healthcare and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”
New York Times article slams Trump for “crossing the line” with women
Keeping the issue of sexism alive, a recent New York Times article (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/15/us/politics/donald-trump-women.html) accuses Donald Trump of sexual misconduct in the workplace throughout his career.
In the article, Trump defended himself saying, “A lot of things get made up over the years. I have always treated women with great respect. And women will tell you that.”
The Times says it interviewed 50 female associates of Trump and those interviews “reveal unwelcome advances, a shrewd reliance on ambition, and unsettling misconduct in the workplace.”
As soon as it hit the press, Donald Trump immediately took to Twitter (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/732333383024582661) to denounce the article.
@RealDonaldTrump: “No wonder the @nytimes is failing—who can believe what they write after the false, malicious & libelous story they did on me.” He added, “Over 50 women were interviewed by the @nytimes yet they only wrote about 6. That’s because there were so many positive statements.”
It’s clear that Trump isn’t shying away from the issue, but the left is doing their best to make sure it doesn’t fade out of the spotlight any time soon.
Super PAC ad attacks Trump using his own words
A new ad from the super PAC Priorities USA shows women reciting quotes from Trump in an attempt to use his own words against him.
The ad asks, “Does Donald Trump really speak for you?”
Trump fired back (https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/732540713678819328). “Amazing that Crooked Hillary can do a hit ad on me concerning women when her husband was the WORST abuser of woman in U.S. political history.”
How does Trump fair with women in the polls?
With all of Trump’s comments, political and media criticisms considered, and amidst the rising republican acceptance of his nomination, where does the GOP candidate stand with women in the most recent polling?
– March Quinnipiac University poll: Trump -10%
– April NBC/Wall Street Journal poll: Trump -25%
– April Gallup poll: 70% women unfavorable view of Trump
As he says, “I love the women.” The question remains, however, if women will love Trump in November. The polls show Hillary leading with women, but with plenty of time left between now and the general election, and a growing sentiment in the Republican party to unite around their presumptive nominee, Trump still has a chance to back up his claims.