Following the Acela primaries Tuesday, Hillary Clinton turned Donald Trump's insults about her gender around to say that if fighting for women's health care, paid family leave, and equal pay is playing the "woman card," she wants to be dealt in. Her campaign is taking full advantage of the gender-focused election, even making an actual card for Clinton supporters to carry around to flaunt their womanhood. By donating to her campaign, you can get a "woman card" from Hillary for America that says, "Congratulations! You're in the majority," and, "Deal me in."
In a press conference Tuesday, Trump claimed: "Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don't think she'd get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she's got going is the woman card." Americans wondered what exactly this "woman card" was — is it a real card Clinton carries around in her wallet and whips out when she needs to use her gender to get ahead? The Democrat front-runner decided to make the "woman card" a reality to prove that her supporters embrace her gender, as well as their own.
Clinton's donation page encourages you to "donate to get your official woman card," and an email she sent to supporters said, "Trump says Hillary is just playing the 'woman's card.' Play yours." With a similar design as the New York City metro card, the hot pink card features a female illustration that appears to be radiating like the sun.
After Trump's initial comments, women on Twitter joked that the "woman's card" can be cashed in for less income, unwanted sexual advances, and diminished reproductive rights. The Clinton campaign has focused on women's rights from the start, so the former secretary of state was determined to make playing the card a positive sign of fighting for gender equality and not apologizing for being female. It's also a sign that she's become the Democratic front-runner despite being a woman — not because she's a woman — fighting against gender stereotypes and breaking the political glass ceiling for decades.
Clinton's reaction to the insult further highlighted Trump's sexist treatment of her as a political opponent and the everyday sexism all American women face. By trying to belittle Clinton because she's a woman, Trump consistently cashes in his "man card" and makes the 2016 election more and more about gender. Clinton clearly knows how to fight off sexism and rally her feminist supporters behind her, even if that means playing into Trump-isms like the "woman card."
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