Toward the end of a news conference that capped off Donald Trump’s dominant Tuesday night, the self-proclaimed presumptive Republican presidential nominee uncorked a sexist and self-contradictory argument against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
Asked by a reporter about an earlier remark he made about Clinton playing “the women’s card,” Trump said, “Well, I think the only card she has is the women’s card — she’s got nothing else going.”
“And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote,” Trump continued. “The only thing she’s got going is the women’s card, and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her, okay, and look how well I did with women tonight.”
So Trump’s argument is that women base their vote on gender — hence Clinton’s successful Tuesday and status as the Democratic frontrunner. But then he contradicts himself by asserting that women don’t actually like Clinton and won’t vote for her in the general election. So in short, Trump’s argument contains both a sexist broadside against women and a logical incoherency.
That flawed reasoning aside, Trump wasn’t lying when he said he did well among Republican women on Tuesday. Exit polls in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut reveal that he was the top finisher among Republican women in all three states, winning more than half their votes in Pennsylvania and Connecticut and just short of a majority in Maryland.
But Trump’s history of making sexist comments and controversial positions — such as saying women who get abortions should be punished — hasn’t played well more broadly. A Gallup poll published earlier this month found Trump is viewed unfavorably by 70 percent of women, while only 23 percent view him favorably. Implying that Hillary Clinton’s support is based on a kind of gender-based affirmative action by voters is unlikely to improve his numbers.
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“Now, the other day, Mr. Trump accused me of playing the, quote, ‘woman card,’” Clinton said. “Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in!”