Category: News Tracking

Donald Trump and the Republican Women Who Spurned Him Face Challenges

Ledyard King, USA Today – November 11, 2016

Shortly after the release last month of a 2005 Access Hollywood video of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women, Virginia GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock told voters she couldn’t support her party’s nominee and urged him to drop out of the race. Her public rebuke of Trump might have helped her win re-election Tuesday to her moderate suburban Washington district. But now she’ll have to navigate her relationship with President-elect Trump following a campaign that some analysts say was a step back for the feminist movement in politics.

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The Lonely Life of a Republican Woman

S.E. Cupp, New York Times – October 27, 2016

As a conservative woman who wanted very much to support the Republican nominee, it’s been a deeply disappointing year and a half. After helping the Republican National Committee address some of the troubling deficiencies the party faced after 2012, as outlined in its so-called autopsy report, and witnessing some real progress in our outreach to women in the ensuing years, I did not expect an egomaniacal arsonist to come along and set all that ablaze.

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Has the Republican Feminist Awakening Begun?

Michelle Goldberg, Vox – October 26, 2016

Tuesday night on Fox News, host Megyn Kelly drove Donald Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich into a contemptuous, finger-jabbing rage by insisting that Trump’s alleged history of sexual predation is a story worth covering. Gingrich, the thrice-married co-author of a novel featuring a “pouting sex kitten” Nazi spy, sneered at his uppity female interlocutor: “You are fascinated by sex and you don’t care about public policy.”

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The Revolt of the Conservative Women

David A. Graham, The Atlantic – October 26, 2016

The 2016 presidential campaign kicked off in earnest with a clash between Megyn Kelly and Donald Trump over gender and conservatism at the first GOP debate, and now there’s another Kelly moment to bookend the race. Newt Gingrich, a top Trump surrogate, was on Kelly’s Fox News show Tuesday night, jousting with her in a tense exchange stretching over nearly eight minutes.

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Republican Women Increasingly Fear Party is Alienating Female Voters

October 26, 2016

A growing number of prominent Republican women are worried that as members of their male-dominated party step up to defend Donald Trump against accusations of sexual assault, they are causing irreparable damage to the GOP’s deteriorating relationship with female voters.

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The GOP Tried to Fix its Woman Problem After 2012. It Failed Miserably.

Laura Bassett, Huffington Post – October 11, 2016
When Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney by double digits among women in 2012, it seemed as if the GOP’s “woman problem” had hit its nadir. It all added up to calamity for the Republican Party. Female voters soundly rejected Romney, Akin and other male GOP candidates in 2012.

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Phyllis Schlafly Doesn’t Think We Need a Female President Because ‘Our Greatest Presidents Have All Been Men’

Claire Landsbaum, New York Magazine – July 20, 2016

Phyllis Schlafly, notorious anti-feminist and equal-rights amendment opponent, told Think Progress that there’s no reason to put a woman in the White House. “Our greatest presidents have all been men,” she said, “and they’ve been very good for our country.”

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