By now you’ve probably heard that The Donald talked about The Card, more specifically “The Woman Card”.
In the rare case that you haven’t heard about this, here’s what he said:
“Well, I think the only card she has is the woman’s card. She’s got nothing else going on. And 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 vote. And the beautiful thing is that women don’t like her, OK?”
I’ll address the “woman’s card” reference in a minute. First, let me point out three things:
- In the same breath, Trump claimed that Hillary has the women’s vote and that women don’t like her.
- Women do like her. AP reports, “As for Trump’s claim that women “don’t like” Clinton, he’s wrong at the very least about Democratic primary voters. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press and television networks in 25 states this year show Clinton won 62 percent of female voters over Bernie Sanders’ 36 percent.” Not only do women like Hillary, we like her more than we like him.
- If Hillary Clinton were a man, she’d probably be getting the same vote percentages for one simple reason. When it comes to presidential elections, women are smarter than men. You can read how I reached this conclusion by reading my post, Women & Politics: Dang It, We ARE Smarter!
Now, let’s talk about “The Card”. Up until Trump’s statement, I had heard of “The Race Card”. I’ve always found it curious (as in insulting) when a member of the privileged majority uses this term to describe the behavior of a member of a minority. You’re going to complain about someone, who usually has the cards stacked up against him/her, for using one card?
In the case of Hillary, she doesn’t need to play the woman’s card. Yes, there is a lot of excitement about the fact that we could be electing our country’s first female president, but most importantly, as I mentioned in a previous post, she is by far the most qualified of all the candidates from both parties, current and past, in these primaries, and everyone (even the GOP) knows it.
Personally, I’m also excited to see that unlike the Democratic Party’s usual incompetence at effective political communication, she has a way with words. I loved her reply to Trump:
“Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”
There is another reason why Hillary doesn’t need to play the woman’s card. Should she face off against Trump in November, she would be going against someone who has repeatedly shown that he’s not playing with a full deck. His “Woman Card” comment is one more proof.