Six Times This Week Donald Trump Proved Why We Need Feminism
Every day the list of reasons why women dislike Donald Trump grows longer, and longer, and longer — for good reason. It seems as if every time the presumptive GOP presidential nominee opens his mouth in an interview or at a rally, he manages to offend and demean women all over again (The Donald spews sexism on his social media, too). Essentially, Trump proves nearly every day, why women still need feminism. It comes as no surprise that Trump's favorability amongst women has dropped drastically as his campaign has progressed. CNN reported that as of March, only 26 percent of American women viewed Trump favorably — a 14-point drop in the candidate's favorability with women voters since December 2015.
Hillary Clinton, the candidate most likely to win the Democratic presidential nomination, faces the brunt of Trump's sexism, and will presumably continue to be subject Trump's misogyny until the general election in November. Trump's treatment of Clinton exemplifies his blatantly anti-women views — seemingly, Trump accuses Clinton of playing "the woman card" and demeans women as a campaign strategy. The fact that such a candidate has a chance at being the next president of the United States, proves once again, that as far as American women have come in the fight for equality, there's still a long way to go — in 2016, excessive sexism still does not keep a candidate from winning a presidential nomination.
Since Trump's sexism is a daily occurrence, I've compiled a list of six times this week already that Donald Trump proved why we need feminism. Be forewarned: it's cringeworthy.
1. "Goofy" Elizabeth Warren
That's right, out this week: Donald Trump debuts another offensive nickname for a critic. First there was "Crooked Hillary," "Little Marco," and "Lyin Ted," and now there's "Goofy Elizabeth Warren." Yup, Trump has decided that it's appropriate to refer to one of the most powerful and successful U.S. senators, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, as "goofy."
After Warren promised to keep Trump and his "toxic stew of hatred and insecurity" out of the White House on Twitter, Trump responded with the demeaning name. Oh yeah, then The Donald continued his offensive Twitter attack on Warren, tweeting that the senator is Clinton's "flunky" (in case you're not up to speed on such out-of-date language, a flunky is essentially a servant).
2. Blaming Hillary For Bill
Trump isn't the first person to blame Clinton for her husband's actions. However, this week, The Donald told CNN's Chris Cuomo that former President Bill Clinton was "the biggest abuser of women, as a politician in the history of our country," and that therefore, HRC could not be good for women.
Conflating HRC with her husband is entirely unfair no matter the circumstance, and implies that Clinton does not have political opinions and successes of her own — which is undeniably false. (Oh, and Trump concluded the CNN interview by saying, "Nobody respects women more than Donald Trump." I have no comment.)
3. Bobby Knight
Trump might not be appealing to women, but he certainly has found himself some notorious celebrity endorsements. Hoping to win the Indiana primary on May 2, Trump appeared on stage with famed Indiana Hoosiers basketball coach, Bobby Knight. Knight is known for his sexism (like when he said, "I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it."), so it was no surprise that he endorsed Trump.
4. He's Still Whining About The Woman's Card
Even after Trump's comment that Clinton only wins because she plays the "woman card," led to Clinton's "woman's card" raising over 2.4 million dollars, The Donald is still tweeting about said "woman card."
Yup, even after Clinton turned his accusation around to make millions of dollars for her campaign, Trump is still employing the insult.
5. "The women get it better than we do, folks."
At a rally in Spokane, Washington, on May 7, Trump seemingly played the "man card." Trump told the crowd, "All of the men, we’re petrified to speak to women anymore. ... You know what, the women get it better than we do, folks. This political correctness is killing our country.” Hmm. Yeah, that makes sense, it's totally men like Donald Trump who are the victims here.
6. Rosie O'Donnell
As a cherry on top of This Week In Trump's Sexism, just before I finished this article, The Donald tweeted at a Fox News reporter, correcting her error: It was Rosie O’Donnell he called a "Pig," not Hillary Clinton. Thanks, for the correction, Trump — at least The Donald can keep track of all the women he's offended.