"Children are watching"

Warren calls Trump “a pathetic coward” after mogul’s “death threat” against Clinton

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Donald Trump added to a recent spate of provocative comments toward women on Tuesday in Wilmington, North Carolina, suggesting that “Second Amendment people” have their own ways of stopping Clinton from being elected president, which would allow her to “essentially abolish the Second Amendment.” Democrats condemned the “inflammatory” remarks for appearing to incite violence, and U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, in particular, made it clear she wasn’t going to let the real estate mogul’s comments slide. “[Trump] makes death threats because he’s a pathetic coward who can’t handle the fact that he’s losing to a girl,” tweeted the Massachusetts senator. “Your reckless comments sound like a two-bit dictator. Not a man who wants to lead the greatest democracy on the planet,” added Warren.

Since the Democratic and Republican conventions, Trump’s popularity among Republican women voters has declined by 13 percentage points, recent polls show. According to Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, “women in particular have a real problem with” Trump’s incendiary rhetoric and divisive tactics. In the wake of comments in which Trump has belittled the mother of a slain Muslim soldier and opined that women facing sexual harassment in the workplace should “find another career,” Trump is now “doing [what] has never been done before — he is losing college-educated white women,” said Stuart Stevens, Romney’s chief strategist in 2012.

While prior Republican presidential nominees such as Mitt Romney, John McCain, and George W. Bush won upwards of 89 percent of Republican women during their campaigns, a poll from late July indicated that only 72 percent of Republican women would vote for Trump. The Clinton campaign, poised to pounce on Trump’s apparent weakness, has recently released ads in eight swing states, targeted at mothers, in which children are shown listening to Trump’s most controversial statements. “Our children are watching,” says the narrator. “What example will we set for them?”

Read the full story at The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

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