Not Mexicans, since some( he presumes) are good people. Not Muslims. Not even people with low ratings. It’s girls. And it’s his biggest Achilles Heel.”>
Donald Trump is an early riser. Around 5:30 a.m. Eastern Time Friday he went on one of his famous tweetstorms, attacking former Miss Universe Alicia Machado as disgusting, a con, and even building references to a sex videotape. How did those 16 Republicans lose to this guy again?
Easy. By not knowing they had the antidote in hand the whole time. It isnt Trump University or his failed casinos or his personal piggy bank of a foundation. His supporterseven the white Evangelical onestruly dont care what he has done or to whom hes done it. Trumps real Achilles heel, and the thing most likely to keep him out of the White House, is his brazen contempt for women( plus his lack of impulse control and inability to stay off his Android telephone ).
Know that if Kellyanne Conway batch deletes those tweets by noontime, the screenshots will live forever, probably in campaign ads by 12:30. And its not only the manic tweeting.
Three hours now, women in debates have forced Trump to confront the ugly things he has said over the years about women he doesnt deem beautiful enough, fit enough or compliant enough for his gilt-laden criteria. And three times, Trump flailed: onstage with Carly Fiorina, whose face he had insulted; facing off last August against moderator Megyn Kelly, who had challenged Trump for calling women fat swine, puppies, and more; and again this week in that sniffle-filled, verbal Kamikaze mission against Hillary Clinton.
Indeed duringMondaynights kick-off presidential debate, Clinton skillfully exposed and exploited Trumps seeming inability to control his boorish posture toward women.
Of all of the preparation Team Clinton did, purportedly including describing up a psychological profile of the erratic tycoon, perhaps the most valuable thing it did was memorizing that moment from the first Republican debate. Hillary Clinton hurled roughly the same punchesMondaynight that Kelly did, and Trumps retort as he interrupted Clintonsomething he did more than 50 days in 90 minutessounded familiar.
Trump took Clintons bait over and over in the debate. Responding to Lester Holts reminder that he claimed Clinton doesnt have that presidential appear, he spat out: she doesnt have thelook, she doesnt have thestamina; recurring the word stamina over and over again as if he was auditioning for a Viagra ad.
And when Clinton dropped a clearly planned anecdote about his shaming of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado for gaining weight after winning the beauty contest in 1996, Trump seemed to come undone. He sputtered and spattered and demanded to know, Whered you find her? Turns out the Clinton team had an online ad about Trumps berating of Machado up by the time the debate wrapped. And then of course Trump compounded matters Tuesday morning to his cronies at Fox& Friends.
Trumps woman trouble is not exactly surprising. Hes running against the health risks first female chairwoman. And despite the intractable nature of Clinton Derangement Syndrome in a big chunk of the American electorate, Clinton is surpassing normal Democratic polling among white females, especially white college -educated girls, while holding Democrat traditional and huge margins among women of color. Mitt Romney carried white women by 14 points in 2012 , and George W. Bush racked up an 11 -point margin in 2004. John McCain, saddled with Sarah Palin, did less welljust 7 pointsbut he still won.
Clinton is currently up 16 points in the new ABC/ Washington Post poll with white women( versus being down 13 phases with white men ), and she leads among white college-educated females by a whopping 31 phases. Clinton even leads among white women without a college degree, by 8 phases. If those numbers hold, Clinton would be the first Democrat to carry a majority of white girls since her husband did so in 1996.
Even without the euphoria of yes we can, Hillary Clinton is to white females what Barack Obama was to African-Americans. She represents the opportunity to see a like image in the Oval Office for the first time. That has to be tempting even for Republican women who would never support a Democrat, let alone a Clinton, and Trumps demeanor and debate performance is making it easier for white independent and even Republican females to cross over.
And Trump is uniquely vulnerable because his record of insulting and demeaning girls is as long as his love of Putins Russia is deep. According to the documentary Trump: Whats the Deal , he verbally harassed first wife Ivana, before dumping her for Marla Maples, whom he resisted marriage in a most public and embarrassing way, merely to dump her and marry Melania before reportedly beratingherfor not losing her newborn weight fast enough after giving birth to their now-1 0-year-old son Baron. The most effective Clinton ads this season have been the ones showing women and girls listening to Trumps cruel terms in his own voice.
Trump is at further danger due to his almost limbic inability to control himself when assaulted, particularly by a woman. Consider that theresno onewho gets under his thin skin the way Elizabeth Warren does. She andNew York Timescolumnist Maureen Dowd have shared the sobriquet goofy as superstars of Trumps infamous Twitter tiradesthough Warren has the smear Pocahontas all to herself.
During the campaign, Trump has run after white women, Latinas( Machado and Susana Martinez, the governor of Mexico ), Asian-American and Muslim females( Gold Star Mother Ghazala Khan ). His Fox News chest thumping at a black Flint, Michiganpastor, Faith Green Timmons, came a day after he sheepishly backed down when she stopped him from politicking in her pulpit. Interestingly, he has yet to have a go at Michelle Obama, who merely cut their own nationals ad for Hillary Clinton. One can only imagine how that might go.