At the very end of a news conference commemorating his absurdly dominant Tuesday night performance, Donald Trump accused Hillary Clinton of playing “the women’s card” and said, “If [she] were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote.”
Hours later, Trump did the Wednesday morning cable TV rounds (via the phone). Comments he made during the interviews suggest Tuesday night’s sexist broadside against Clinton could be a feature of his general election strategy.
On MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Trump was asked about Clinton’s comment during her own Tuesday night victory speech that “if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in!”
Trump responded by trotting out the sexist “shouting” trope that is often deployed against Clinton.
“I haven’t quite recovered, it’s early in the morning, from her shouting that message,” Trump said. “And I know a lot of people would say you can’t say that about a woman because, of course, a woman doesn’t shout, but the way she shouted that message was not — ooh. I just, that’s the way she said it.”
On ABC’s Good Morning America, Trump recycled another sexist line from his Tuesday night speech — that if Clinton were a man, she wouldn’t be doing as well as she is.
“It’s not sexist, it’s true,” he said. “It’s a very, very true statement. If she were a man, she’d get five percent.”
Finally, on CNN’s New Day, Trump offered up this doozy — “When I came out, I was competing against 17 very capable people… and a woman.”
Trump did well with Republican women during Tuesday’s night clean sweep of five northeastern states, but a Gallup poll published earlier this month found that Trump is viewed unfavorably by 70 percent of women, while only 23 percent view him favorably. It’s unclear how anything he said Tuesday night or Wednesday morning will help him dig out of that hole.