GOP Women Are Rejecting Trump And The Party Leadership That Has Stood By Him
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Washington, DC –– After years of promoting an extremist anti-woman agenda, directly attacking women’s health and their doctors in this year’s Republican Party platform, and continuing to stand with Donald Trump and his toxic campaign of misogyny and hate, Republican women have had enough — and they are not only rejecting the Trump-Pence ticket, but also the Republican leaders who have betrayed them by embracing Trump and his dangerous policies.
Quote from Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President, Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
“The Republican Party’s leaders have completely lost touch with women, and even women in their own party have had enough. Years of pursuing extremist anti-woman policies, as well as their continued support of Donald Trump’s toxic campaign, have shown that Republican leaders do not understand or care about women’s health, rights, and dignity. Unless these leaders reverse course, stop attacking women, and start standing with them, they are going to pay a steep price — not only this Election Day, but for many more elections to come.”
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.
If current polling is correct, women are poised to reject the Republican ticket en masse. A recent CBS News survey of battleground states found that Hillary Clinton was leading among women by 15 points. Seventy-three percent of female voters say Trump doesn’t respect women. As FiveThirtyEight reported, female Republican politicians have unendorsed Trump at twice the rate of men; as of Oct. 11, while women accusing Trump of sexual assault and misconduct continued to come forward, 42 percent of Republican women in Congress and serving as governors had unendorsed Trump, compared to just 17 percent of men. If Trump loses, it will be because women have deemed him intolerable.
Trump is losing educated white women to Hillary Clinton by a staggering 30 points, 57 to 27 percent, according to Monmouth, and other polls have shown similar numbers. [...]
[T]he Texas attorney's concerns weren’t merely for herself, but for the impact a Trump presidency could have on other women. “When you see the leader of your country, his job is to be that leader, and characterizing women in derogatory ways—somebody says something he doesn’t like and she’s a bitch or she’s fat or ugly," Carol says. "We’re creating an environment where it’s acceptable to characterize women like that. I think it’s scary, and it would really take us quite a few paces back.”
Republican women are abandoning Donald Trump in an historic repudiation of their party’s nominee, a devastating development for the GOP candidate's chances one month before Election Day.
Trump’s lewd, sexually aggressive comments about women, revealed in a 2005 audio recording that became public Friday, have prompted large-scale defections, from female Republican senators to conservative activists in the swing states. That dynamic further jeopardizes his chances with women voters, including white, married voters who typically back Republicans. After nearly two years of listening to Trump denigrate women — including Fox News host Megyn Kelly, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, Heidi Cruz and former Miss Universe Alicia Machado — Republican women have had enough.
Ultimately, women's refusal to support Trump doesn't need much explaining, but the force with which some longtime Republican women have rejected him deserves to be documented.
The GOP nominee is losing educated white women to Hillary Clinton, 57 to 27 percent, or by a margin of 30 points. [...]
With a margin that large, it’s not surprising that some of the women spurning Trump this election are also women who traditionally vote Republican. And although the reasons for their defection vary, most cite Trump’s abysmal record with women as a reason they’re voting for Clinton instead.
Donald J. Trump has polarized men and women, with the sexes parting ways to such a degree that Election Day could produce the biggest gender gap in decades.
And now that division is being amplified by a gender war in the Republican Party itself. [...]
Increasing numbers of Republican women have turned on their party’s male leaders for defending Mr. Trump against accusations that he groped or forcibly kissed more than 10 women. Many are complaining publicly that for years they stood up for the party against Democrats who accused it of pursuing a “war on women.”
Republican strategists with an expertise in reaching women are deeply anxious that Mr. Trump’s candidacy will damage the party’s ability to appeal to them for years to come.
The way Trump has conducted his campaign, it’s as if the Republican Party would like female voters to fall off the map completely. [...]
Now, I don’t purport to speak for all women, but I know I am not alone. I am one of the many women the Republican Party left behind this election.
The GOP is about to learn a hard lesson when it comes to the women’s vote: defend us or lose us.
But don’t take my word for it. There’ll be a new political map, coming out Nov. 9, that will tell the GOP everything it needs to know.
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