Category: News Tracking

Young Women on Clinton’s Lack of Appeal: She’s Like ‘Plastic’

NBC News – May 31, 2016

When it comes to women under 30, Bernie Sanders is doing better than Hillary Clinton in recent polls. What’s the lack of appeal with young women and Clinton? NBC’s Chris Jansing got a window into the reasoning. During a conversation with young Democratic women voters, one said that Clinton has “put on a lot of masks and a lot of different barriers,” but reasoned that it’s out of protection from being in the public eye for so long. Still, the woman added, “She’s gonna have to open back up.”

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Hillary Clinton vs. Herself

Rebecca Traister, New York Magazine – May 30, 2016

Though those on both the right and the left moan about “woman cards,” it would be impossible, and dishonest, to not recognize gender as a central, defining, complicated, and often invisible force in this election. It is one of the factors that shaped Hillary Clinton, and it is one of the factors that shapes how we respond to her. Whatever your feelings about Clinton herself, this election raises important questions about how we define leadership in this country, how we feel about women who try to claim it, flawed though they may be.

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Superdelegate Sees Sexism in Criticism of Clinton

Jessie Hellman, The Hill – May 29, 2016

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D), a superdelegate who will back front-runner Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, said Sunday she is unfairly criticized because of her gender. “If she were a man, all this stuff wouldn’t be at the same level. There’s an awful lot of criticism … over things that really aren’t that — I guess a man, it wouldn’t be brought up like that,” Hickenlooper said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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Does Hillary Clinton Face a Different Standard for Honesty?

Janell Ross, Washington Post – May 29, 2016

With all the talk this week and during this entire campaign about honesty, transparency, emails and tax returns in the 2016 race, The Fix thought it time to examine just how gender and honesty play out in politics. Do voters have different expectations for honesty among male and female politicians? And, if they do, what do these dynamics mean for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the likely major party White House nominees who have been had their honesty called into question frequently (Clinton for her alleged secrecy and Trump for his many false statements)?

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Donald Trump is a Parody of American Manhood — and That’s What Lifts Him

Stephen Marche, Los Angeles Times – May 27, 2016

The most popular candidate among white American men is a parody of American manhood. By now, we have become used to the frat-boy performance that defines Donald Trump’s candidacy: the sexual boasting, the condescending or outright insulting treatment of women, the open discussion about the size of his penis. As we approach the general election, it becomes ever more clear that Trump’s flagrant and empty machismo is not a distraction from his campaign but its substance.

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Hillary Clinton Supporters Aren’t Just Voting for Her “Because She’s a Woman”

Michelle Ruiz, Vogue – May 27, 2016

This should be implicit, but to say that women are only voting for Hillary because she’s a woman is not only sexist but has no basis in fact. My friend and Clinton supporter said it best in her response: “I would never vote for a candidate simply because she is female.” And, for that matter, neither would the vast majority of American women.

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Donald Trump has a Woman Problem — 3 of Them

Stephen Collinson, CNN – May 26, 2016

Donald Trump has another woman problem — three of them. The presumptive Republican nominee spent the past 24 hours blasting his likely opponent, Hillary Clinton, and his most provocative antagonist, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. But he didn’t stop there. He also slammed New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the nation’s only Latina governor and a Republican.

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Why the Woman Voter is a Myth

Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, CNN – May 26, 2016

The female voting bloc: fable or fact? With time marching on toward November’s election, each day brings new speculation about how, why or whether “women” will vote come fall. But let’s get real: Few who speak of “the women’s vote” are ever specific — or even accurate.

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Trump Adviser: Picking a Woman, Minority VP Would Be ‘Pandering’

Eliza Collins, USA Today – May 26, 2016

Donald Trump isn’t likely to pick a woman or someone from a minority group to share his ticket because that would be “pandering.” That’s according to Paul Manafort, a top adviser to Trump, in an interview with The Huffington Post out Wednesday night.

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The Trump-Clinton Gender Gap Could Be The Largest In More Than 60 Years

Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR – May 26, 2016

During a recent speech before the National Rifle Association, Donald Trump was explicit about the voters he’s reaching out to: “I will say, my poll numbers with men are through the roof, but I like women more than men. Come on, women. Let’s go. Come on.” He has every reason to fight for the women’s vote. It’s a safe bet in any given presidential election these days that women will vote more Democratic than men. This year, given Trump’s abysmal poll numbers among women, it looks like an even surer bet than usual.

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