When Mitt Romney lost the election in 2012, the Republican party convened an “autopsy” to examine why. One of the things they noted was that they need to appeal to women more. Yeah, they’ve pretty much tanked in that department. Especially with Donald Trump as their presumptive nominee.
The misogynistic Trump has shown his true colors from the start. In the first GOP debate, he got nasty with Megyn Kelly both during and after. Trump sent out Tweets disparaging Kelly, something he still continues to do. He attacked opponent Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi, on Twitter, too. His comments about Carly Fiorina’s looks were just nasty. Policies, not looks, should be the only thing on which candidates attack one another.
Republican women have been watching and listening to Trump’s anti-women comments. They comprise a large chunk of the GOP electorate and, if they choose not to vote for Trump, it will make it nigh impossible for him to win. A March NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that almost half (47 percent) of Republican women say that they “can’t see” themselves supporting Trump in the general election.
They think he doesn’t respect women, and doesn’t really view women in any real way beyond their physical appearance… You can’t win a general election and lose the women by these numbers. It’s devastating to Republicans. It’s totally unsustainable… If the party leadership embraces Donald Trump as the general election nominee than I think it will damage our party for a generation.
Most of these GOP voters also won’t support Hillary Clinton. They are the “lost electorate” according to Mindy Finn, president of Empowered Women — another anti-Trump PAC — and a GOP strategist:
This election puts women in an incredibly tough spot, especially women who don’t support many or any of Hillary Clinton’s policies but who also don’t support Donald Trump. Conservative women don’t really have a presidential candidate.
Yet, given the choice of a misogynist who has no experience in government and a woman who would be the first female president, but whom they dislike, GOP women may hold their nose and vote for Clinton. Another anti-Trump Pac president thinks that this may end up as the scenario in November. Liz Mair, of Make America Awesome posts that:
There is going to be a phenomenal amount of attrition of women voters to Hillary Clinton; I just don’t think that’s going to be because Hillary Clinton is in any way a good or acceptable candidate or because she has two x chromosomes. I think it’s going to be because he’s that bad.
If Trump can’t convince Republican women that he can represent them, he is in serious trouble. That some of the disaffected women might consider voting for the Democratic candidate is amazing. GOP women — at least a good portion of them — seem to understand that Trump is bad for them and bad for America. Some will vote for Clinton, some will not vote at all. Either way, their actions will significantly affect the outcome of the general election.
This video from American Bridge 21st Century gives us a great example of how Republican women are feeling about Trump:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIs0xHoz4zo&w=640&h=360]
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