The Republican Party all but handed its 2016 presidential nomination to Donald Trump Tuesday as the loudmouth billionaire rung up another primary victory, this time in Indiana, and Ted Cruz, Trump’s chief competitor, bowed out of the race. However, Trump was met Wednesday morning with news that he’s trailing Hillary Clinton by 13 points in a new national poll. Within that poll lies figures that reveal Trump’s true kryptonite: Appealing to women voters. Some 62 percent of Republican voters polled by CNN responded that women’s issues were with very important or extremely important to them and 80 percent of Democrats polled replied that women’s issues were with very important or extremely important. We know how Trump has treated women’s issues thus far in his campaign.
But one woman thinks Trump can turn it around with women. Megyn Kelly, who has long been a target of Trump’s ire, but recently reconciled enough to schedule a primetime network TV interview with him airing later this month, said that women voters are not a lost cause for the presumptive GOP nominee. “I think if Trump behaves himself and acts presidentially, and isn’t so much of a bully — which women tend to not appreciate, either — he can move those [poll] numbers a bit,” Kelly told an audience in a speech at the American Hospital Association this week. “The comments about women, I don’t think women love that. But I don’t know that it’s going to drive their vote,” the Fox News host said, adding that Trump’s language has been “diminishing of womankind.”
Despite all of the wrath Trump has directed at Kelly, she’s previously suggested that his candidacy could be “more effective” if he were just more disciplined. Ahh, Trump exercising discipline … like he did with this remark about women during his victory speech on Tuesday night? Perhaps that was enough for one woman senator who has been keeping her distance from Trump thus far, but signaled through a spokesperson that she’s ready to support Trump.
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