The coming November surprise will be the intensity of turnout from women voters who will rise on election day to defeat Donald Trump’s continuing war on women.
Many mothers and fathers, if they saw their 13-year-old son stalking around a keyboard at 3 a.m. and spending hours writing angry and hostile tweets attacking and demeaning a woman as Trump recently did, would be appalled by such behavior.
As Trump himself is fond of saying, there is something going on here. Whatever it is, large numbers of women—and according to polls, a growing number of men—do not want a commander in chief who spends days praising Russian dictator Vladimir Putin and late nights writing angry attack tweets fat shaming a former Miss Universe.
November will bring a surprisingly large turnout of women voters who are appalled by Trump’s brand of politics that would bring to the Oval Office a man who often insults women and other citizens with a cruelty that has no place in the presidency and is particularly offensive to women.
The Trump brand of politics is hurting GOP campaigns for the Senate and House.
Republican candidates must regularly defend or repudiate every new example of Trump’s bad distemper and bad judgment. While many prominent conservatives demonstrate profiles in courage and clarity by denouncing Trump, Republican leaders in Washington hide from voters what they truly think.
Shouldn’t a Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the House put country ahead of party and tell the nation the whole truth about what they think of the GOP nominee—as principled conservatives like George Will, Michael Gerson, David Brooks, Ross Douthat, Erick Erickson, William Kristol and Sen. Ben Sasse regularly do?
One reason Democrats are favored to regain control of the Senate is illustrated by the sad performance of Sen. Kelly Ayotte in her recent Senate campaign debate with New Hampshire governor Maggie Hassan.
Ayotte, who claims she is voting for Trump but not supporting or endorsing him, said during the debate that Trump is a role model for young people and said after the debate that she had misspoke.
Republican candidates will now be asked “the Kelly Ayotte question”. How will they answer?
Trump regularly says things that alienate, offend or frighten large numbers of female votes. His attacks against a former Miss Universe provided a textbook case of how to motivate female voters to turn our en masse to vote for the other candidate.
Trump did cruel impersonations of a handicapped citizen. He calls women fat pigs, dogs, slobs, bimbos, and disgusting animals. He says he prefers troops who were never captured to former American POW’s. He insults vets battling PTSD by saying they are not strong enough for his taste. He labels Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. He mocked Carly Fiorina’s face during GOP primaries. He referred to Fox News host Megyn Kelly by saying there was “blood coming of her wherever.” He repeatedly makes false statements that fact checkers call “lies.”
Very few women believe Trump’s campaign tactics provide a role model for boys or girls, young men or young women. Many women voters are becoming hyper-motivated to vote and to vote against Trump, and for Clinton.
Even many women who are not comfortable with Clinton believe she offers a strong role in key ways such as studying hard, working hard, overcoming adversity, rising above sexism, and performing deep and extensive preparation for whatever she sets her mind to.
On election day, women who are enthusiastic for Hillary Clinton—and women who have reservations about her—will turn out in surprisingly large numbers to vote for the first woman president against Trump, who has gotten into more angry feuds against women than any major party nominee in political history.
Women will turn out in large numbers to vote for the candidate who fights for pay equality for all women, against the candidate who once said that American workers are already paid too much.
The November surprise will be the number of women who will turn out to vote for Clinton because they want their daughters to dream of someday becoming president, or because they raise their sons to have qualities of decency and kindness and honesty that Trump does not suggest to them, or because they fear an America where our president could sit the Oval Office at 3 a.m. writing words of anger against a woman he loathes rather than calmly managing a dangerous crisis.
Disclosure: Donald Trump is the father-in-law of Jared Kushner, the publisher of Observer Media.