Hillary Clinton told a crowd of supporters this week that if fighting for abortion rights, equal pay, and other women’s issues is “playing the woman card,” then “deal me in!”
As the Daily Caller reports, the directive comes in response to a remark earlier this week from Donald Trump, where the Republican front-runner claimed that Hillary is “playing the woman card” and wouldn’t be able to get votes without it.
On Tuesday night, after sweeping a handful of East Coast primaries, Donald Trump, whose likelihood of winning the Republican nomination is increasing by the day, focused his attention away from his challenger for the Republican nomination — Ted Cruz. Instead, he set his sights on Clinton, his likely opponent for the Oval Office.
He used the occasion to let loose some choice words about why he believes Hillary is a viable candidate, as previously reported by the Inquisitr.
“Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card. And the beautiful thing is women don’t like her, OK?”
In response, Clinton said that if her record on women’s rights means she’s playing the so-called “woman card,” then so be it.
“Now, the other day, Mr. Trump accused me of playing the, quote, ‘woman card.’ Well, if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in!”
In fact, Clinton has made women’s issues a focal point of her campaign. On her website, Clinton’s campaign dedicates a section to how she will advocate for women’s rights in the Oval Office. Specifically, she intends to focus on three things: equal pay, women’s health and reproductive rights, and paid family leave and affordable child care.
“Too often, these are called women’s issues. Well, I am a proud lifelong fighter for women’s issues, because I firmly believe what’s good for women is good for America…. As far as I’m concerned, any issue that affects women’s lives and futures is a women’s issue.”
For Crooks and Liars blogger Ramona Grigg, Clinton playing the “woman card” is just right by her.
“In too many workplaces women are still paid less than men in the same job. Our body parts are under attack daily by people who want to take away our right to own them unilaterally. Our sex makes us vulnerable in every aspect of society, even here in America, even in the 21st Century. So when we say out loud that it’s our turn, that’s because it’s our turn. Nothing subversive about it. It’s our damn turn.”
By comparison, Donald Trump’s record when it comes to women’s issues is less admirable.
His campaign has been dogged by accusations of misogyny, and he’s been at the center of a couple high-profile incidents involving women — incidents that suggest he’s less of a champion for women than Hillary.
Perhaps most famously, Trump carried out a public feud with Fox News reporter Megyn Kelly. Ms. Kelly had asked Trump, back at the first Republican debate in August, about his history of making derogatory statements about women. Trump found those questions unfair and later told CNN reporter Don Lemon that Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever,” a vulgar reference to menstruation.
Then in March, Trump tweeted an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz, the wife of his Republican rival Ted Cruz, juxtaposed with an attractive photo of his own wife, Melania.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2016
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