Dana Milbank, Washington Post – April 29, 2016
“I wasn’t playing the woman’s card,” Donald Trump said Thursday when asked about his claim that Hillary Clinton was playing the “woman card” and that if she were a man, she would get only 5 percent of the vote. For once, I agree with Trump: He wasn’t playing the woman card. He was playing the man card — and he was dealing from the bottom of the deck.
Kathleen Parker, Washington Post – April 29, 2016
If Trump were a woman, not only would he not get 5 percent of the vote, but also he would be tarred, feathered, branded and ridden out of town backward on a donkey. Voters male and female would recognize immediately that such a woman was inappropriate, lacking in quality and character, perhaps more than a little crazy — and utterly unqualified to be president of the United States.
Stephanie Ebbert, Boston Globe – April 28, 2016
Donald Trump clearly feels threatened by Secretary Clinton’s qualifications to be president so he’s attacking Hillary Clinton for being a woman,” Warren said in a telephone interview with the Globe. “That’s what weak men do. It is an old story, and I don’t think the American voters will fall for it.”
Amy Chozick and Ashley Parker, New York Times – April 28, 2016
With the nation on the verge of a presidential election between the first woman to lead a major party and an opponent accused of misogynyHillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump are digging in for a fight in which he is likely to attack her precisely because she is a woman.
Gail Collins, New York Times – April 28, 2016
And it came to pass, barely seconds after he became the near-inevitable Republican presidential nominee, that Donald Trump began a gender war.
David A. Graham, The Atlantic – April 27, 2016
On Tuesday, presidential front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump built on their leads for their respective parties’ nominations. In the process, they offered a preview of what could be a major—and particularly nasty—general-election theme.
Margaret Talev, Bloomberg – April 27, 2016
In attacking Clinton squarely on the gender issue, Trump signals that he doesn’t buy assumptions about her built-in strengths.
Anne Gearan and Katie Zezima, Washington Post – April 27, 2016
Donald Trump’s accusation that Hillary Clinton is playing the “woman’s card” and would be a failed candidate if she were a man touched off a contentious debate about gender politics and sexism that seems likely to define the presidential election as much as any issue.
Audie Cornish, All Things Considered – NPR – April 27, 2016
NPR’s Audie Cornish talks with Debbie Walsh, director of Center for American Women and Politics, about the notion of the “woman card” and whether there is a “masculinity card.”
Justin Wolfers, New York Times – April 27, 2016
Yet this appears to be inconsistent with available data. Over the past decade, women have been elected to 17.5 percent of House seats, meaning that they’re outnumbered by men by roughly five to one. In fact, the women’s card appears to be particularly unhelpful in the United States. Women’s success in politics — at least as measured by the proportion of seats they hold in the House compared with equivalent lower chambers in other nations — ranks below that of nearly every other rich country. The United States is positioned between Greece and Bangladesh.