This Single Tweet About Donald Trump Is All You Need To Read About His Terribly Sexist Comments
Donald Trump just can't seem to keep it in his mouth this election season. The latest insults Trump aimed at Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton mark a new low in political discourse, but they did serve one purpose. And a single post pretty much sums it up. This tweet from Jill Filipovic, a lawyer and writer formerly with Cosmopolitan and The Guardian, called out the Donald's sexist language and the GOP's bigger problem with women voters.
Ok GOP, post-"schlonged" can we admit that maaaaaaaybe there's a sexism problem with Trump? And, um, your party?
What Trump was thinking, we'll never know. Speaking about Clinton's 2008 primary loss to President Obama, he vulgarly used the Yiddish slang for "penis" as a verb. "She was favored to win, and she got schlonged. She lost. I mean, she lost," he said during a campaign rally.
It sounds like he caught his own mistake and tried to recover. Can the GOP do the same thing — reverse course and choose a less sexist candidate before the general election? They better try. Any attempt to recover the diminishing number of female voters who would ever consider casting a vote for a Republican has got to be a priority, or the GOP will lose the election.
The 2012 gender gap between Obama and Romney was the highest ever, according to Gallup polling, with 56 percent of women voting for Obama and 44 percent for Romney. Unless the Republicans change, they're looking at an even worse outcome in 2016. CNN reported that the support from women in swing states like Ohio was even higher, and clinched Obama's 2012 victory.
Polls for next year's general election predict a similar outcome. First off, against Trump, Clinton is averaging a six-point spread. But looking deeper into the numbers, women are supporting Clinton at an even higher rate.
In a Quinnipiac University Poll released Tuesday, women supported Clinton over Trump with a 21-point spread. Just 33 percent of women would support Trump against Clinton. The only constituencies with lower support for Trump were Democrats and voters aged 18-34. The poll showed Clinton ahead overall with a seven-point spread — 47 percent to Trump's 40. With such low support among women, how could he ever win?
In the same poll, Clinton was neck-and-neck with two other Republican candidates, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. But she outperformed them both with women by spreads of 16 and 14 points, respectively. That's not a winning strategy for the GOP.
Party leaders must be praying for a change in the polls. Trump is the surest bet for electoral defeat. Such a change would also be nice change of pace for the millions of Americans who read the news every day.