People have tried a lot of things to halt Donald Trump's momentum as he tries to become the Republican Party's presidential nominee, but this latest proposal might be the most creative. Women have launched a Vote Trump, Get Dumped campaign, pledging to dump any man who supports Donald Trump. And while in any other presidential election, organized Lysistrata warfare might seem like some wacky and wildly unexpected gambit, the 2016 race is already so incredibly strange that honestly it fits right in.
Vote Trump, Get Dumped was founded by 28-year-old Chandler Smith, who came up with the idea with her husband. “This is meant to be a funny way to talk about serious issues," Smith told New York Magazine. "We're trying to get people talking about Trump's inability to control his tongue, and what that means about his suitability to govern and to represent America to the rest of the world.”
The campaign particularly highlights Trump's numerous sexist remarks, both throughout his very public life and career prior to the campaign and during the campaign season itself. For any other candidates, such comments would be enough to derail any presidential hopes, but so far they haven't seemed to cost Trump any support among the Republican base. However, they probably are enough to cost him the support of half the electorate in the general election, if he's nominated. And in the meantime, they might be enough to keep his supporters from getting laid.
"To cast a vote for Trump is to agree with his sexist, perverted, demeaning, backwards, offensive treatment of women," the website proclaims. "Join us by wielding your influence. Until Trump is defeated, we don't date, sleep with, or canoodle with Trump supporters."
The site also has images featuring Trump quotes, along with cheeky slogans like, "Take action. No more action for Trump supporters."
So is Lysistrata warfare going to cause a huge shift in the presidential election? Probably not, but it is a fun idea, one that further draws attention to the very real sexism we've seen from the Republican front-runner. In fact, it's really no wonder that some of Trump's fiercest opposition so far has been led by women, such as Katie Pack Gage, who runs the largest anti-Trump Super PAC.
But regardless of whether or not it will actually make a difference to the campaign, not sleeping with Trump supporters is still a good idea. Anyone who thinks that it's OK for a president to express such disdain for half of the country is not only not someone you probably want to talk to, but also probably pretty sexist themselves.