Claire Cain Miller, New York Times – The Upshot – October 20, 2016
“Such a nasty woman.” Nearing the end of a campaign of disparagement, Donald J. Trumpcoined a classic in the annals of insults against powerful women. Mr. Trump’s remark — which he directed at Hillary Clinton during the third presidential debate Wednesday as she talked about a particularly nasty topic, Social Security — had all the makings of a feminist meme. It came across as impulsive and petulant, with sexist undertones, even if it lacked the sophistication of certain predecessors.
Ryan Claassen & John Barry Ryan, Washington Post – October 20, 2016
Even before Hillary Clinton officially launched her bid for the White House last year, political observers speculated about whether she would be hurt by sexism. Would gender stereotypes lead voters to doubt Clinton’s ability handle a national security crisis? Would people focus on her appearance instead of her policy ideas?
Michael Tesler, Washington Post – October 17, 2016
Using data from the Rand Corp’s Presidential Election Panel Survey (PEPS), the left-hand graph shows a strong relationship between support for Trump in the primaries and beliefs about the consequences of sexual harassment accusations. Primary voters who strongly agreed that “women who complain about harassment often cause more problems than they solve” were 30 percentage points more likely to support Trump than Republicans who strongly disagreed with that statement.
Melissa Deckman, Washington Post – October 14, 2016
Political fallout from last Friday’s leaked “Access Hollywood” footage, which features Donald Trump bragging about his ability to sexually assault women thanks to his fame, has been swift. In the days following the tape’s release, more than 60 elected Republican officials have stated they will no longer vote for the GOP presidential nominee, though a few of these lawmakers later recanted.
Philip Bump, Washington Post – October 14, ,2016
More Americans identify as Democrats than as Republicans, according to data from Gallup. In their most recent survey, conducted in mid-September, 32 percent of respondents identified as Democrats to 27 who identified as Republicans. The rest were independents — but most independents lean toward one party or the other. Including leaners, nearly half of Americans identify as or side with the Democratic Party, 49 percent to the 44 percent that align with the GOP.
Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR – October 1, 2016
It’s true that Trump isn’t unique in branding himself as manly; many past candidates have touted their guyness as a positive trait. However, Trump has created his own uniquely aggressive, tough-guy image on the trail, and he is wielding it in an unsubtle, uncoded manner unlike anything seen in recent elections.
Danielle Paquette, Washington Post – September 27, 2016
After Monday’s presidential debate, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd critiqued the candidates’ performances — and ruffled feathers online with an unusual denunciation. “Hillary Clinton was at times, you could argue, even overprepared,” the “Meet the Press” host said, “and her opening statement must have had 15 policy proposals within that two minutes.” Clinton promptly supporters sounded off: How is that a bad thing?
Susan Chira, New York Times – September 24, 2016
When you’re scared, do you feel safer with Mommy or with Daddy? That, at heart, is the visceral question voters must address as they consider whether Hillary Clinton or Donald J. Trump is the leader they trust to protect them in an age of terror. A key test will come in Monday’s debate.
Lisa Feldman Barrett, New York Times – September 23, 2016
When Hillary Clinton participated in a televised forum on national security and military issues this month, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, tweeted that she was “angry and defensive the entire time — no smile and uncomfortable.” Mrs. Clinton, evidently undaunted by Mr. Priebus’s opinion on when she should and shouldn’t smile, tweeted back, “Actually, that’s just what taking the office of president seriously looks like.”
Leonie Huddy, Fortune Insiders – September 22, 2016
Voters will watch the upcoming presidential debate from many perspectives — partisan, economic, social. But few will realize that they’re also watching the debate through a more subtle, though just as important, lens: gender. Through that lens, Hillary Clinton goes into the debate with an inherent disadvantage against Donald Trump. She will be more closely scrutinized than her male opponent based on how she looks, how she acts, and what she says. Clinton can overcome these obstacles, but overcoming voters’ deeply embedded gender attitudes will require an effective and strategic performance.