Trump’s Woman Problem

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Donald Trump and his ‘woman’ problem.  America’s biggest voting block doesn’t like what they’re hearing.

A woman attends a rally with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Bedford, N.H. (John Locher/AP)
A woman attends a rally with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in Bedford, N.H. (John Locher/AP)

Donald Trump has a women problem in the latest polls. A big voting sector that went for Republican Mitt Romney last time out is swinging heavily to Hillary Clinton. Of course, there are women for Trump. But white college-educated women in particular  — a big voting group – are saying no to Trump. Never mind Latinas and others after his comments on former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado.  There’s a lot of history here. This hour On Point,  Donald Trump, women, and the vote. — Tom Ashbrook


Ginger Gibson, national political reporter for Reuters, covering the 2016 presidential campaign. (@GingerGibson)

Kim Alfano, Republican communications consultant and director of Alfano Communications. (@ALFANOCOMM)

Kathleen Parker, Pulitzer Prize-winning opinion columnist for the Washington Post. (@kathleenparker)

Brunell Donald-Kyei, vice chair of diversity outreach for the National Diversity Coalition for Trump. Practicing lawyer and former Democratic candidate for Illinois Lieutenant Governor. (@brunelldonald)

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Associated Press: How Trump's 'Apprentice' moved from capitalism to sexism -- "In his years as a reality TV boss on 'The Apprentice,' Donald Trump repeatedly demeaned women with sexist language, according to show insiders who said he rated female contestants by the size of their breasts and talked about which ones he'd like to have sex with. The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 people — former crew members, editors and contestants — who described crass behavior by Trump behind the scenes of the long-running hit show, in which aspiring capitalists were given tasks to perform as they competed for jobs working for him."

Los Angeles Times: Trump wanted to fire women who weren't pretty enough, say employees at his California golf club — "After the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes opened for play in 2005, its world-famous owner didn’t stop by more than a few times a year to visit the course hugging the coast of the Pacific. When Trump did visit, the club’s managers went on alert. They scheduled the young, thin, pretty women on staff to work the clubhouse restaurant  — because when Trump saw less-attractive women working at his club, according to court records, he wanted them fired."

The Cut: What It’s Like to Be a Female Reporter Covering Donald Trump — "Donald Trump’s relationship with women has been under scrutiny for as long as he’s been in the public eye — which is to say, for decades. But since launching his presidential bid, some of his remarks to and about women — that letting them work is 'dangerous,' that pregnancy is an 'inconvenience' to business, or that they should be 'punished' for getting abortions — have worked their way into the narrative of his campaign. (Just yesterday, his own campaign manager accidentally referred to his record on women as 'abuse.') His comments have not endeared him to women voters. But for the women whose job it is to report on Trump every day, the negative effects have been subtler."

This program aired on October 3, 2016.


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