Maggie Haberman and Amy Chozick, New York Times – September 30, 2016
Hillary Clinton’s campaign is preparing for the possibility that Donald J. Trump, reeling from harsh criticisms of his performance at the first presidential debate, will unleash a personal assault related to her husband’s infidelities at their next face-off in a week.
David Frum, The Atlantic – September 30, 2016
This week, I debuted on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. No glamorous green room or boutique bottled water for me, however—just six seconds of body-slam derision. The clip’s here. Don’t blink: My appearance lasts only six seconds.
Evelyn Rupert, The Hill – September 30, 2016
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill later responded to the news. “There’s been a lot of talk about sex tapes today and in a strange turn of events, only one adult film has emerged today and its star is Donald Trump,” he told reporters.
Nikita Vladimirov, The Hill – September 30, 2016
Ivanka Trump stars in her first campaign ad for her father as the campaign fights to gain support among women. “The most important job any woman can have is being a mother. And it shouldn’t mean taking a pay cut,” she says as the video shows mothers playing with their children.
Gregory Krieg, CNN – September 30, 2016
Trump allies will be quick to point out that, even as the candidate is again beset by sexism charges, two of his most influential aides are women. Kellyanne Conway was brought on to manage the campaign this summer and daughter Ivanka, alongside husband Jared Kushner, is widely reported to be one of the few people that truly has his ear. But the broader campaign firmament is less diverse. Here’s a look at the Trump boys’ club and its unsettling record.
Nolan D. McCaskill, Politico – September 30, 2016
It’s difficult for a woman to be perceived as both tough and likable, Hillary Clinton said Friday, lamenting that women are constantly being judged by their looks. “Yes, I think it’s really hard. To be honest, I think it’s really hard,” Clinton told R&B singer Mary J. Blige in a 30-minute interview on the premiere of Apple Music’s “The 411 with Mary J. Blige.” “I don’t know why it’s so hard, but, you know, I think it’s rooted in, you know, tens of thousands of years of how people’s lives have been defined, what it’s meant to be a woman or a man and how society was organized.”
Josh Lederman and Catherine Lucey, Associated Press – September 30, 2016
Donald Trump shamed a former beauty pageant winner Friday for her sexual history and encouraged Americans to check out what he called her ‘‘sex tape,’’ in an early-morning tweet-storm that dragged him further away from his campaign’s efforts to broaden its appeal to women. A day after he injected former President Bill Clinton’s dalliances into the campaign, Trump accused Hillary Clinton’s campaign of helping 1996 Miss Universe winner Alicia Machado get U.S. citizenship, but offered no proof.
Charlotte Alter, TIME – September 30, 2016
Donald Trump tends to get personal when he’s striking back at someone who has criticized him. But when his critics are women, those terms often include broad smears of their sexual behavior. In Trump’s battery of insults, there are two kinds of women: those who have too much sex, and those who don’t have enough.
Jeremy Stahl, Slate – September 30, 2016
Rep. Renee Ellmers was the first woman in Congress to endorse Donald Trump. She was also the first member of Congress to be endorsed by Trump. She also lost her Republican primary in June by 30 points. On Friday, the North Carolina congresswoman took her Trump support to a new level, attempting to defend his bizarre, unhinged, and despicable early morning rant about former Miss Universe contestant Alicia Machado’s purported sex tape.
Mary C. Curtis, Roll Call – September 29, 2016
Donald Trump went into his first one-on-one presidential debate with his base solidly behind him. But one would assume he also wanted to continue his outreach to minority and female voters. He does, after all, need to win the approval of half of the population, one that is rapidly becoming more diverse. He must have had some plan to persuade those looking askance at the full-throated endorsement from folks such as David Duke or his informal confidante Roger Ailes, chased out of Fox News because of sexual harassment charges.