The Ladies and the Trump

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Media Outlet: Time

Jay Newton-Small wrote for TIME about Donald Trump and the women's vote:

Donald Trump likes women. A lot. His former stake in the Miss Universe pageant, three wives and a daughter whose womanly attributes he praises a little too effusively are ample proof. The problem for him these days is that not enough women like him back.

In the past weeks he’s doubled down with comments about the looks of his model wife and threatened to “spill the beans” about rival Ted Cruz’s wife Heidi before retweeting a photo of her looking ugly and angry, for which Cruz called him a “sniveling coward.” He’s backed his campaign manager who was charged with the simple battery in Florida of a female reporter covering the campaign, saying the reporter isn’t a “baby” to be treated gently. And on Wednesday he told MSNBC that there should be some form of punishment for women who have illegal abortions, he just hasn’t figured out what yet—comments he backed away from amid a flurry of criticism from rivals in both parties. All of which has helped female voters flee Trump in droves.
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Jay Newton-Small was a Class of 2016 & 2017 New America Fellow researching Alzheimer’s disease and end of life care. She is a correspondent for TIME magazine and author of Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way Washington Works.