While today’s Democratic Party constantly invokes identity politics and routinely plays the Race Card, Gender Card, Muslim Card, LGBT Card, and the all-purpose Victim Card at every turn, female Democratic voters aren’t so sure that a female nominee could beat President Donald Trump in 2020.
Many cite Hillary Clinton’s disastrous defeat against Trump in 2016 as evidence that just playing the “Woman Card” won’t be enough to crush Trump’s legion of loyal voters.
Hillary turned off a lot of voters off by repeatedly insisting that “it was her turn” to win simply because she was a woman and that it was time for America to have a female president.
Many People Voted for Trump Because They Hated Hillary
Katrina Riley of South Carolina doesn’t want a repeat of 2016, where many people voted for Donald Trump because they disliked Hillary, whom many voters found inauthentic, entitled and hypocritical
“I think a lot of people voted for him because they didn’t want to vote for her,” Riley told the AP. “And I don’t want that to happen again.”
Helen Holden Slottje, a New Hampshire attorney, is worried that Hillary’s unlikability turned the Democratic Party off of female candidates.
“I fear for that with women, that it’s, ‘Well, we had our chance. We had Hillary. Hillary didn’t pan out. Best to just pick another 65-year-old plus white guy who has the best chance of winning,'” said Slottje.
Wendy McVey, a student at Iowa State University, says she’s not certain that America is ready for a female president.
“I want to be for a woman, but it’s just hard when you see a lot of other people not supporting women yet. I feel that America’s just not there yet,” McVey says. McVey supports former Texas congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, who recently apologized for being a white man.
Dems Slam White Men But They Are Party Frontrunners
Recent polls show that the Democrats’ frontrunners remain older white men, with former vice president Joe Biden, 76, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, 77, in the clear lead.
Coming in third in the polls is Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has been pandering to LGBT voters with his “coming-out” stories.
Rachel Maddow and Pete Buttigieg swap coming-out stories and the left swoons https://t.co/dTS1gdtsFI
— CB🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@karma1244) April 16, 2019
A recent Pew Research Center survey indicates that 76 percent of women said a major reason why there are fewer women in office is that women have to do more to prove themselves.
“About 60 percent of women said they believe gender discrimination is an obstacle, and 57 percent of women said they didn’t believe Americans were ready to elect a woman to higher office.”
Meanwhile, Jennifer Palmieri, a former adviser to Hillary’s 2016 campaign, urged women to “not be scared of the 2016 phantoms.”
“Women voters who want to support a woman candidate should not overthink this but have courage of their convictions and believe in their power to make a difference,” Palmieri said.
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