Category: News Tracking

Polls Show Attacks on Bill Clinton May Only Help Hillary Clinton

Alan Rappeport, New York Times – December 31, 2015

Shawn J. Parry-Giles, a communications professor at the University of Maryland, explained in her 2014 book about the role of gender in American politics that Mrs. Clinton was seen as more sympathetic and authentic as she endured the fallout from her husband’s affair. “As she showed a clear sense of marital fortitude by staying with her cheating husband, her poll numbers would rise,” Ms. Parry-Giles wrote. “As the scorned and sad woman attracting sympathy from others, Clinton would more closely resemble the traditional ideals of authentic womanhood.”

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Donald Trump’s Clinton Gambit

Eli Stokols, Politico – December 31, 2015

The latest bit of can’t-look-away performance art from the billionaire showman offers a glimpse at the kind of scorched earth campaign that might be ahead if Trump and Clinton capture their respective party nominations. But even if Trump falls short, his threat to revisit Bill Clinton’s indiscretions stands to add a new element of volatility to the presidential campaign — with highly unpredictable consequences.

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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and How Sexism is Now Partisan

Janell Ross, The Washington Post – December 31, 2015

So what now? Who can really arbitrate who is the bigger sexist or which bits of whose marriages matter? The answer is likely no one. All this will do is harden Clinton’s diehard supporters, and Trump’s too. It will remind those who remember the nauseating quality of the news during the Lewinsky scandal of that time. This is part of Bill Clinton’s legacy. Reminders will leave those unsure about either Clinton and those who despise them less apt to want to see them return to the White House. The same is also true of any kind of just-the-facts list of public comments made by Trump about women, and what’s been reported about his private life. And so it seems that what sexism is and who it disqualifies is, apparently, one issue around which Americans will probably grow more polarized in 2016.

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Trump: ‘Women Don’t Like Hillary’

Nick Gass, Politico – December 30, 2015

Women “don’t like” Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton is “one of the great abusers of the world,” Donald Trump proclaimed at a rally Wednesday in South Carolina, in the latest escalation of his rhetoric against the Democratic front-runner. The real estate mogul told the Hilton Head crowd that Clinton has been hitting him “really hard with the women card, OK? Really hard.”

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Trump Spokeswoman Wears Bullet Necklace on Air, Says ‘Fetus Necklace’ Could be Next

Emily Cahn, Mashable – December 30, 2015

Donald Trump’s National Spokeswoman Katrina Pierson wore a necklace made of bullets during an appearance on CNN Tuesday, drawing criticism on Twitter for the controversial sartorial choice.  In response to the outcry over her jewelry selection, Pierson said she could wear something even more controversial on her next television hit: a necklace made of fetuses.

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As Trump Attacks, Conservatives Hope to Turn Women Against Clinton

David Weigel, The Washington Post – December 30, 2015

In these slow, intra-holiday news doldrums, Trump’s attacks have largely been covered as his way to drag Bill Clinton himself into the race. But that’s not how conservatives see it. To Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser who left his camp this year but cheers the candidate on from the bleachers, Trump has embraced the narrative that Hillary Clinton herself is an enabler of abuse.

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GOP’s Donald Trump Calls Bill Clinton a ‘Great Abuser’

Russ Bynum and Jill Colvin, Associated Press – December 30, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sought to assail Democrat Hillary Clinton on Wednesday by calling her husband, former President Bill Clinton, “one of the great abusers of the world.” Speaking to about 2,000 supporters at a rally, Trump again invoked the ex-president’s alleged extramarital affairs and accused Bill Clinton of engaging in “tremendous abuse” of women.

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Trump responds to Hillary Clinton: ‘Nobody Respects Women More than Donald Trump’

Schuyler Kropf, The Post and Courier – December 30, 2015

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump described the campaign as “war” as he defended bringing former President Bill Clinton’s past into the 2016 race by saying Democratic rival Hillary Clinton had attacked him as the sexist one in the field. “We had to respond to Hillary,” he told a cheering crowd of more than 2,500 crammed inside a Westin resort ballroom on Wednesday. “She said this guy has demonstrated a penchant for sexism. Nobody respects women more than Donald Trump.”

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Trump, Clinton Spar Over ‘Respecting Women’

Amanda Ota, Sinclair Broadcasting Group – December 29, 2015

Dr. Kelly Dittmar, a an Assistant Professor Political Science Rutgers University Camden and Scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics, noted a catch-22 of Trump’s accusation. “The idea that Donald Trump isn’t playing the man’s card is also laughable,” Dittmar remarked. Dittmar explained that when Trump describes his competitors as weak or makes comments about his competitors appearance, he’s also playing a gender card.

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The Clinton War on Women

Wall Street Journal (Editorial) – December 29, 2015

Mr. Trump is rude and crude, but in this case he is raising an issue that rightly bears on the 2016 election campaign and the prospect of a third Clinton term. Mrs. Clinton wants to use her gender both as a political sword and shield to win the White House. The purpose is to make male politicians less willing to take her on, while reinforcing her main and not-so-subtle campaign theme that it’s time to elect the first woman President.

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