Straight off winning five states last night, Donald Trump seemed to shift away from the rhetoric of a primary candidate and towards the rhetoric he’ll be using, barring an unlikely event at the GOP convention, for the next six months. And as Sanders loses states and makes it clearer that he’s in the race to influence policy, it becomes apparent that Trump, as a candidate in the general, will be spouting one inane sentence after another about Hillary Clinton’s gender.
“The only card [Hillary Clinton] has is the woman card. She has nothing else going,” said the poster boy for male delusion to a New York crowd last night. “If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get 5 percent of the vote,” Trump said. He then, inevitably, added that “women don’t like her, and look how well I did with women tonight,” despite clear evidence to the contrary.
The statements were so absurd and so on-brand for Trump that not even Chris Christie and his wife, Mary Pat Christie, could take them seriously. Governor Christie, who, since endorsing Trump, has had the look of a man with many regrets, stood empty-eyed and open-mouthed. His wife rolled her eyes. Hillary Clinton responded on Twitter:
Despite the fact that the “woman card” isn’t a thing, and, if it were, no woman would want it—what would it get you? Unequal pay and a guaranteed lifetime of emotional labor?—Trump dug into the line repeatedly this morning on the obligatory morning talk rounds.
In a phone interview with CNN’s New Day, Trump said that “playing” the “woman card” was Clinton’s only asset.
“Frankly, if she didn’t, she would do very poorly. If she were a man and she was the way she is, she would get virtually no votes.”
On Good Morning America, Trump reiterated the woman card attack, making it seem like either he thinks it’s really, really witty, or it got a big laugh from Corey Lewandowski once. Trump said that he has every right to attack Clinton on “that front,” because “she just gets up and says, ‘I’m a woman, ‘I’m a woman.’” Clinton does not, of course, do that, although that would actually make for a pretty good speech.
Looking for some added spice to his lazy sexism, Trump complained about Clinton’s loud and shrill delivery to MSNBC’s Morning Joe, where he found two sympathetic hosts. “I know a lot of people would say, ‘you can’t say that about a woman.’ Because of course a woman doesn’t shout. But the way she shouted that message was not...” Trump told Morning Joe. “I guess I’ll have to get used to a lot of that over the next four or five months,” he added, because, apparently, he thinks he delivers speeches in the dulcet tones of angels.
The “woman card” angle isn’t new. Trump tried it out in December, too, when he was still trying to convince everyone that he was a feminist, but it looks like it’s been given an upgrade to become a primary talking point. So, there’s your preview of the next six months—Trump shouting about Clinton’s “woman card,” and insisting to a national of skeptical and tired women that we love him, when we do not.
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