The Donald's Dames

Why don't women voters like Donald Trump?

In our modern Disunited States of America, every successful politician knows that you don't win elections with "voters" in general.  You must carefully consider the demographics in your district, targeting your approach to each one that might vote for you, and recognizing that some demographics are writeoffs you won't bother with.

It's one thing to write off a small demographic which is not respected by others: until recently, the handful of Muslims in America had next to no clout because there were too few of them for anyone to care, and no other demographics much liked them anyway.

But it's the kiss of death to abandon a large demographic, which is why we've suffered so much handwringing over Republicans' supposed alienation of Hispanics.  This is mistaken - Republican attacks on illegal immigration certainly alienate illegal immigrants, but they aren't supposed to be voting anyway; their presence depresses the wages of people of Hispanic descent who are American citizens, which is why Donald Trump won a near-majority of voting Hispanics in, for example, the Nevada primary.

The basic principle remains valid, though, which is why the truly massive gender gap in Trump's approval ratings is not an optimistic sign for the future.  It's not just against Hillary that Trump has a problem; polls are showing Ted Cruz in the lead in Wisconsin, in large part due to a similar gender gap there.  And certainly nobody could blame this on widespread lauding of Sen. Cruz as a friend of women by the media!

People of the female persuasion constitute a clear voting majority in America; it is impossible to win an election if the ladies can't stand you.  It would, however, be theoretically possible to win with no male votes at all, as long as you got every woman's vote; of course this will never actually happen, but it does provide some support for Hillary's expectations.

The interesting question is - why, exactly, are women so turned off by Donald Trump?

Two Donalds for the Price of One

Dr. Ben Carson shed some light on this subject recently:

There are two different Donald Trumps. There’s the one you see on the stage and there’s the one who’s very cerebral, sits there and considers things very carefully.

You can have a very good conversation with him, and that’s the Donald Trump that you’re going to see more and more of right now.

Naturally, the liberal media had a field day with this, casting The Donald as a victim of mad science experiments and schizophrenia.  But we've thought the same thing for a while now: the "real" Donald Trump is not the same as the Donald Trump he plays on TV.

Regardless of what you think of Mr. Trump, it is an objective fact that he has been able to successfully build massive multi-billion-dollar real estate projects in the world's most overregulated, sclerotic, and dysfunctional polity, the island of Manhattan.  It is not possible for him to do that with his own hands regardless of their size.  He has to have vast hordes of employees, partners, bureaucrats, politicians, civil servants, community organizers, and every other kind of person willingly cooperating, small and great.  Then, for his ventures to achieve the financial success that made him a billionaire, he has to be able to attract multitudes of customers voluntarily choosing to spend their money buying whatever he offers.

And before you say, "That's easy, he's a billionaire, he just bribes people to go his way," remember that by the standards of New York billionaires, The Donald is no great shakes.  Mr. Trump claims a net worth of $10 billion or so; most analysts think the true number is more like $2 billion.

Compare that with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, worth around $45 billion.  There are dozens if not hundreds of people in New York City worth far more than Donald Trump.  It is simply not possible for him to get his way all the time just by throwing money around: he doesn't have that much money by the standards of the circles in which he moves.

Therefore, it is plain from decades of business deals that Donald Trump is indeed able to be a uniter.  He has to be; otherwise he couldn't get anything done.  It's simply not possible for him to be a wholly abrasive person that makes everyone hate him.

All Genders Are Equal...

What's more, as a businessman in the most powerfully liberal city in America, it's inconceivable that Donald Trump could get away with running his company like a 1960s Mad Man.  Sure enough, we find that the large numbers of female employees in his company love him.  Even the Washington Post had to admit:

Donald Trump, a champion of women? His female employees think so...

Many women who have worked closely with Trump say he was a corporate executive ahead of his time in providing career advancement for women. While some say he could be boorish, his companies nurtured and pro­moted women in an otherwise male-dominated industry. Several women said they appreciated how Trump granted them entry to a new playing field.

Trump highlighted the role of women in his corporate success in his 1987 book “The Art of the Deal,” writing that he hired “a lot of women for top jobs, and they’re among my best people.”

Referring in the interview to his recruitment and promotion of women, he added: “It was a good decision. Good for women and good for me.”

Today, according to Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, there are more women than men holding executive positions in the Trump Organization, heading such departments as human resources, golf and hotel management, and global licensing, even though women make up just 43 percent of the overall workforce. Women who are in similar positions as men, Cohen said, “are compensated at equal and in many cases higher pay rates.”

We see the same thing with women in Donald Trump's personal life.  He is overflowing with praise of his daughter Ivanka and his sons' wives, to say nothing of his wife Melania.  They all seem to love him just as fervently.

Even his ex-wife Marla Maples said, "I still love Donald."  She raised her daughter by Mr. Trump, Tiffany, on her own, but she reports there was never any shortage of financial support from her ex-husband, and indeed Tiffany is "closer to the Trump family."  Trump's first ex-wife, Ivana, not only supports his presidential run but is advising him.  How often do a rich man's ex-wives remember him so kindly?

So it's transparently obvious that Donald Trump is not the abusive bigot he's sometimes portrayed as, based on the words of dozens of ladies who are far more qualified to judge him than the media ever will be.

...But Some Are More Equal Than Others

In fact, from a serious look at the history of Donald Trump's actual, personal interactions with real, living, breathing, human females on a day-to-day basis away from the TV klieg lights, it's plain that he's the ultimate embodiment of what the feminists claimed they wanted men to be, and how they claimed to want to be treated.

If you are a success in the tasks set before you, he'll shower you with rewards - regardless of gender.

If you are competent and able in your chosen arena, whatever that might be, he'll praise you to the skies - regardless of gender.

If you are a repetitive failure that doesn't learn from your mistakes, he'll call you a loser and harshly fire you - regardless of gender.  But if you're able to subsequently redeem yourself, he'll happily change his opinion of you - regardless of gender.

And if you throw mud and rocks at him, he'll pelt them right back at you just as hard and as fast as he can - regardless of gender.

Is this fair?  Is this just?  Is this true equality?  Logically, yes it is.

Yet there's still that gender gap - which proves that the feminists have been liars all along.  Yes, they want to have equal rights to compete with men in the workplace, using whatever guile, aggression, harsh language, skullduggery, and so on that the men do.

But when a man has the temerity to use those techniques right back at them as he would do to any other man, well, then, all of a sudden, they transform into Penelope Pitstop hollering "Help! Help! Save me from this vicious brute!"

Consider Mr. Trump's infamous war with Fox News' Megyn Kelly.  Ms. Kelly asked hard questions of Mr. Trump in an aggressive and somewhat derogatory way.  That's nothing new: CNN's Anderson Cooper and many other journalists do the same.  It is in fact their job; if Ms. Kelly didn't do so, she wouldn't hold her elite position very long.

Sure enough, Mr. Trump shot back at her, just as he's shot back at Jorge Ramos and a vast throng of other journalists, individually and collectively, whom he feels are being abusive.  In this, he's simply standing in the footsteps of generations of American politicians who've roundly hated the press for a long time.

Why is it different when it's a leetle girrrrl who's on the other end of his more-or-less conventional ire?  The answer is as obvious as it is politically incorrect:

Despite fifty years of aggressive feminist reeducation, most Americans really and truly do not believe that men and women are equal and identical, nor should they be.  Most Americans, despite everything, really do still feel that women should be treated in a softer and gentler way.

Isn't this bias?  Isn't this discriminatory?  Of course it is; and that's the point.  The dictats of political correctness and elite opinion making run headlong into the brick wall of reality and real people's opinions about gender differences.  Donald Trump simply shines a bright light on this inherent conflict in a more powerful way than anyone else.

The only problem for The Donald is that, unlike most of his other controversial statements on issues like illegal and Muslim immigration, he's on the side of the elites in this case, which is the wrong side from the American people.  Donald Trump, like the rest of his elite circle, truly believes that men and women are the same and should be treated the same, for good or ill.  The American people, and particularly Republican primary voters, and most especially Republican primary women voters, do not.

And what's more, it appears that the ladies of the far left would also rather support a possibly treasonous pathological liar with no empathy whatsoever, over a man who believes and practices the same principles they claim to.  They, too, don't really believe in equality of the sexes; it's simply yet another power play, principle be hanged.

How's that for irony?

Petrarch is a contributing editor for Scragged.  Read other articles by Petrarch or other articles on Partisanship.
Reader Comments

Hispanics do not like Trump. The Nevada results continue to be cherrypicked by his supporters as evidence of something that doesn't exist. Numerous analysts have debunked the theory. Numerous polls have shown the exact opposite. For instance:

There are additional inaccuracies here, but your general thesis is correct: Trump is as ignorant and vulgar around women as he is around men. We can all, equally, dislike him. Yay.

April 3, 2016 10:24 PM

No, sorry, but Drumpf has not treated women and men equally. That's a crock of shit. He may be charming and splash out for the women in his inner circle, but he's been hideous with other women (i.e. the women who aren't busy keeping him wet). 42 horrible things Drumpf has said about women: The author should read that before telling us women how well-meaning and fair he is. Or perhaps the author, like most Drumpf voters, doesn't even find those 42 things shocking?

April 4, 2016 1:02 PM

With Megan It wasn't just a leetle girrrl. Remember the "blood coming out of her wherever."

April 4, 2016 5:49 PM

Asking why women voters don't like Donald Trump is like asking why there are fish in the sea. Interesting thought experiment... surf the web and look for a single intelligent female writer who can muster a kind word for the man.

April 12, 2016 10:52 AM

Ann Coulter
Sarah Palin

And before you say they're both idiots - both earn more money than you and have held higher office.

April 12, 2016 12:31 PM


Assuming your last part is right, which you cannot prove, holding high office and being rich are not examples of intelligence. You can name more rich idiots than rich geniuses. Odd that you couldn't think of a different standard than connections and wealth.

Furthermore, Palin isn't a writer. The book she released was written by someone else and her other comments tend to platitudes on Facebook and Twitter. Calling her a writer is like referring to the local McDonald's staff as chefs.

You could have named others like Phyllis Shafly or Scottie Hughes, but it's pretty hard to find any intelligent ones. Or they tend to follow the same pattern of ignorance/vulgarity that Trump does:

Coulter is intelligent but subject to wild mood-swings based on whatever burr happens to be under her saddle at the moment. She's a useless write-off like Drudge these days.

The rest of Trump's female supporters are almost all like this:

I'm afraid Crazy Arthouse is right.

April 12, 2016 12:50 PM
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