Clinton #womancard insult won’t win female fans for Trump
It’s hard to imagine Donald Trump ratcheting the bar down any further, but he keeps hitting new lows.
After cruising in five state wins, Trump, the all-but-acknowledged Republican presidential nominee, dismissed his GOP opponents and went straight at his presumed November Democratic rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“The only card she has is the woman’s card,” Trump said in his victory speech. “She’s got nothing else going on. And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the women’s vote. And the beautiful thing is that women don’t like her.”
In back of Trump, Mary Pat Christie, wife of failed GOP candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who seemingly sold his soul to the devil in endorsing the real estate mogul, visibly rolled her eyes at Trump’s insult. Hey, Donald, don’t count on her vote in November.
It’s true that there are negative feelings about Clinton, even among some women. A March Gallup Poll showed that 56 percent of American women viewed her favorably, while 32 percent viewed her unfavorably.
But you know who most women in the United States really don’t like? Donald Trump. An April Gallup Poll of March data showed that 70 percent of women in the U.S. view the would-be narcissist-in-chief unfavorably, with only 23 percent giving him a favorable rating. His negative ratings started out high, and they’ve gone even higher as the campaign as gone on. Heck, even 58 percent of men view Trump unfavorably.
Which brings us to the now-infamous “woman card” crack. Trump, having no shame, no doubt will repeat this line over and over during the course of the campaign — at least until he thinks of a new insult.
We probably don’t need to point out that former Secretary of State Clinton is also a former two-term senator, a former first lady of the United States and Arkansas, a lawyer, and a longtime children’s advocacy champion. Right. No qualifications whatsoever. But remember: The “only card she has is the woman’s card.”
It didn’t take long for women to react. Let’s look at how Twitter responded with #womancard.
I woke up today unsure which #womancard to play. If I’m lucky, someone will #mansplain it to me.
The #womancard is played for me every pay day, when I take home less than my male counterparts.
Hey @realDonaldTrump — maybe you can ask @MittRomney for his Binders full of women. Cuz you just had your own women with #womancard.
@realDonaldTrump: We are doctors, lawyers, educators, CEOs, soldiers, engineers, & journalists. We are the #womancard & it’s game on old man.
43 presidents. All men. #womancard.
I wish my #womancard gave me discounts on shoes and tampons instead of being a discount card for same work pay.
That pesky little 19th Amendment in 1920. Gonna haunt y’all haters forever. #womancard.
“If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the women’s card, then deal me in,” Clinton told her cheering supporters during her victory speech after winning four out of five states.
During the 2012 Republican Convention, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham let slip some honest truth when he said, “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”
Nope. And by playing his own gender attack card, maybe Trump will learn that lesson the hard way.