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.
Philip Bump, The Washington Post – May 5, 2016
One of the groups that votes against Hillary Clinton most consistently is white men. In 20 of 23 contests for which we have exit poll data, white men have preferred Sanders to Clinton. (The three exceptions were Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee, all states where Clinton did very well.) In Vermont, Sanders saw one of his most dominant demographic performances: White men in the state favored him by 83 percentage points over Clinton.
Jill Filipovic, New York Times – May 2, 2016
We can’t change longstanding assumptions about what a leader looks like unless we change what leaders look like. That means a party dedicated to diversity must champion politicians who aren’t white men — even if there’s a white man who is equally qualified, or the obvious choice. Right now, “the woman card” and “the race card” are broadly seen as cynical tactics. Democrats should make them central components of a winning hand.
Fox News – May 1, 2016
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s remarks Friday that she’s used to dealing with men who “get off the reservation” triggered anger among Native American advocates – and forced an apology.
Sally Kohn, The Daily Beast – May 1, 2016
Donald Trump cut to the chase after his big wins Tuesday night: “Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the women’s card.” Which is a hell of a thing to say after almost 250 years of American presidential candidates implicitly playing their “men’s cards”—perhaps no one more so than Trump himself, whose campaign rests largely on tough guy assertiveness and machismo bloviating. For many of his supporters, his appeal is very much that he’s a white man.
Allee Manning and Kaitlyn Kelly, Vocativ – April 26, 2016
On Monday night, the Democratic frontrunner said that least 50 percent her cabinet would be women, should she win this November. “Well I am going to have a cabinet that looks like America, and 50 percent of America is women,” she said during an MSNBC town hall. Such a move would be precedent setting. Even Barack Obama’s current cabinet features only 30 percent women, earning critiques for being a “boys club.” And female representation within the administration has been scaled back since Obama’s first term when eight women held cabinet or cabinet-level positions.
Jackson Landers, Smithsonian Magazine – April 25, 2016
A black woman’s bespectacled face appeared in front of a podium. Her head was barely visible above the forest of microphones. It was 1972, and Shirley Chisholm was announcing her historic run for the White House, challenging fellow Democrats George McGovern, Hubert Humphrey, Edmund Muskie, Henry M. Jackson and George Wallace. “I am not the candidate of Black America, although I am Black and proud. I am not the candidate of the woman’s movement of this country, although I am a woman and I am equally proud of that.”
Morning Edition, NPR – April 18, 2016
David Greene talks to columnist and NPR commentator Cokie Roberts and demographer Bill Frey of the Brookings Institution, about how female voters may shift the presidential election.
Amy Chozick, New York Times – April 13, 2016
The Clinton campaign named this sisterhood forged in the shared loss of a child the “Mothers of the Movement,” and they have become an unlikely linchpin of Mrs. Clinton’s success in the Democratic primary. At campaign stops, Mrs. Clinton introduces them as “a group of mothers who belong to a club no one ever wants to join.” The mothers will arrive in New York this week to help Mrs. Clinton compete for the April 19 primary.
Kastalia Medrano, Bustle – April 6, 2016
There is a reason that your uncle whom you’d never before heard talk about politics or speak his internalized racism out loud will now not shut up about Trump. People don’t like seeing those they are biased against – to whatever degree they acknowledge or are even aware of it – in positions of power, and it makes them louder, bolder, and more angry.