This year’s election is full of historic firsts: Hillary Clinton is the first woman nominee of a major political party; Donald Trump is the first major party nominee to have assured the American public that he doesn’t have a small penis on live television.
Most recently, the Republican nominee faced multiple accusations of sexual assault, but Trump’s notorious woman problem existed long before this contentious presidential race. Video footage shows him bragging about sexual assault, joking about dating a 10-year-old girl in 10 years, and letting Howard Stern call his daughter Ivanka “a piece of ass.” So it’s no wonder Trump’s historically calamitous campaign has yielded historically low numbers with women.
Being a woman for Trump definitely puts you in the minority, though probably not the ethnic kind. According to Pew, 42 percent of Trump supporters are female and 87 percent are white.
Last Friday, #WomenWhoVoteTrump trended nationally, with women saying they’d vote for Trump because they “don’t need to constantly play the victim,” “aren’t manipulated into voting with their emotions,” and “refuse to vote for a woman simply because she’s a woman.”
These reasons have nothing to do with policy and everything to do with proximity to privilege; they almost sound like they’re being held hostage until they proclaim they have no loyalty to women.
Two in three Trump-supporting women say Clinton as first woman POTUS is not important historically, in new Pew poll. pic.twitter.com/YwFgNxJEFm
After scandalous footage emerged of Trump saying fame allowed him to grab women “by the pussy,” CNN ran the segment “Trump supporters standing by their man.”
When CNN’s correspondent asked the all-white panel of women for Trump, “You don’t think it says anything about him as a person or what he truly believes about women?” One answered, “No, I don’t. It’s just a man being a man in a man’s world. Talking to men.” Others accused Hillary of “playing the woman card.” But all of them were willing to excuse Trump’s consistently inappropriate behavior because “boys will be boys.”
For Hillary, there is no “woman card” that acts as a similar safety net.
Six years ago, Nicki Minaj exposed this false equivalence in her “bossed up” interview heard round the world:
Donald Trump can say, "You’re fired." Let Martha Stewart run her company the same way and be the same way. [People will say] "Fucking old evil bitch!"