Category: News Tracking

Trump, Clinton Angle for Advantage in Politics of Gender

Nancy Benac, Associated Press – April 30, 2016

Donald Trump, after toying with gender politics off and on during the campaign, is all in on a mission to undercut Hillary Clinton’s credentials by syncing up his say-anything campaign strategy with his alpha-male persona. The same Republican presidential candidate who mocked “little” Marco Rubio, dismissed “low-energy” Jeb Bush and promises to “cherish” and “protect” women as president is dismissing the former senator, secretary of state and first lady as little more than a token female who’s playing the “woman’s card.”

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Insults and Ads: How Gender Hurts Trump but Doesn’t Lift Clinton

Lynn Vavreck, New York Times – The Upshot – April 30, 2016

Donald Trump thinks Hillary Clinton is playing “the women’s card.” But evidence suggests that if anything is making gender a potent issue in this campaign, it’s Mr. Trump’s words, not Mrs. Clinton’s.

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Is Donald Trump Right That Women Voters Don’t like Hillary Clinton?

Reena Flores, CBS – April 29, 2016

Republican front-runner Donald Trump has accused Hillary Clinton of playing “the woman’s card,” just as he’s maintained that those same female voters “don’t like her” very much. “Look how well I did with women tonight,” Trump said Tuesday from the hotel lobby of Trump Tower, aiming to draw a comparison between his support among the demographic versus Clinton’s. He added that Clinton “has nothing else going” for her, and posited that if Clinton “were a man, I don’t think she would get five percent of the vote.” But do the numbers bear out Trump’s claims?

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Carly Fiorina Could Overshadow Ted Cruz

Betsy Woodruff, The Daily Beast – April 29, 2016

When the Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took to the press conference-stage on Wednesday to announce that former rival Carly Fiorina would join his campaign as running mate-in-waiting, he took a good long time making that point clear. It wasn’t until at least thirty minutes after the press conference was scheduled to begin that he finally named Fiorina as his pick. And once Fiorina started to speak, you could kind of understand why he took his sweet time.

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Many See a Misdeal in ‘Woman’s Card’ Remark

Stephanie Ebbert and Beth Teitell, Boston Globe – April 29, 2016

The “woman’s card” was dealt, played, and traded so quickly, it was hard to tell who was winning. Donald Trump wielded it Tuesday to dismiss Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate whose only asset is her gender. In her own victory speech that evening, Clinton seized the “woman’s card” to gin up feminist energy. By Wednesday, women were flooding social media with ironic comments about how little benefit their own women’s cards were delivering, and the website was registered and linked to Clinton’s official campaign site.

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Trump Aide: We’re Prepared to Hit Clinton with Lewinsky

Mark Hensch, The Hill – April 29, 2016

A top aide to Donald Trump on Friday said that former President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky is fair game against Hillary Clinton. “I think that depends on Hillary Clinton,” spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said on “MSNBC Live”when asked about the former White House intern. “If Hillary Clinton or her team wants to go after Donald Trump as a sexist, then he will absolutely bring up that topic because there’s a lot to discuss that was not brought out into the public.”

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Hillary Clinton: I Have Experience with Men ‘Off the Reservation’ Like Donald Trump

Tal Kopan, CNN – April 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton on Friday brushed off Donald Trump’s sometimes personal attacks against her as him being “off the reservation” — something she said she has experience with. “I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak,” Clinton said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Lead.”

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Trump’s Calculated Misogyny

Dana Milbank, Washington Post – April 29, 2016

“I wasn’t playing the woman’s card,” Donald Trump said Thursday when asked about his claim that Hillary Clinton was playing the “woman card” and that if she were a man, she would get only 5 percent of the vote. For once, I agree with Trump: He wasn’t playing the woman card. He was playing the man card — and he was dealing from the bottom of the deck.

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