Sophie Driscoll '19
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Trump's gender-based attacks on Clinton have no merit
Over the course of his presidential campaign, Republican front-runner Donald Trump has made no effort to conceal his misogyny. His recent attacks on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton are not only sexist but also untrue. “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,” Trump said last week. “And the beautiful thing is, women don't like her.”
Let’s take a look at what makes Trump’s statement false. First, he declares that Clinton’s gender is “the only thing she’s got going.” This comment undermines her intellect and impressive resume. In 1973, Clinton was among the 27 women of Yale Law School’s graduating class. Since then, she has advocated for human rights, equal access to education, internet freedom and gender equality. Clinton has served as Secretary of State, First Lady of the United States, senator from New York, first lady of Arkansas and a member of the Clinton Foundation Board of Directors. These various roles have made her more than qualified for the presidency.
Trump’s statement also insinuates that being a woman serves as an advantage for Clinton. The truth is, a “woman card” isn’t worth much. Women in the United States make an average of 79 cents to a male worker’s dollar, hold less than one-fifth of the seats in Congress, and are assaulted approximately every nine seconds. As demonstrated by Trump’s inappropriate remarks, Clinton’s “woman card” has earned her a whole lot of sexism, rather than a whole lot of respect.
Trump’s second claim is that women don’t like Clinton. Apparently, he is unaware that last year, Gallup, a trusted polling organization, named Clinton “more admired than any other woman or man” in the entire world and “most admired woman” in the world for a record twentieth time. Even in the face of blatant sexism, she has managed to earn the respect of both men and women around the globe. Now that Clinton is in the midst of a contentious campaign, a recent Suffolk poll found that 48 percent of women dislike her. However, the same Suffolk poll found that a whopping 66 percent of women dislike Trump. Right now, instead of insulting Clinton, Trump’s time might be best spent winning over female voters (a.k.a. cutting down on the sexist comments).
Clinton’s response to Trump’s “woman card” comments is perfect. “Mr. Trump accused me of playing the, quote, ‘woman card,'” Clinton said. “Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the women’s card, then deal me in.” Clinton has been advocating for equal rights for several years, and that is no small feat.