‘They’re gone’

Steve Bannon says white college-educated women are ‘triggered’ by Trump

Protesters walk during the Women's March on Washington, with the U.S. Capitol in the background, on January 21, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon has declared that Republicans should stop trying to court votes from college-educated white women, a claim bolstered by figures that show Trump’s time in office has coincided with a dramatic freefall in the number of women with college educations who prefer Republican candidates. Speaking with Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman, Bannon did not mince words while describing the impact of Trump’s election on women voters.

“The Republican college-educated woman is done,” said Bannon. “They’re gone. They were going anyway at some point in time. Trump triggers them.”

During the 2016 election, Trump’s surprising success with white women voters helped bolster him to victory. But in the time since then, a recent Washington Post poll conducted with the Shcar School revealed that college-educated white women had begun fleeing the party en masse. Before Trump’s election, white college-educated women preferred Democratic candidates by a narrow margin — post Trump, the same demographic now prefer Democratic candidates by 47 percentage points. While political trends can turn on a dime, it appears that the Republican party’s endorsement of Trump — who has pledged to help end legal abortion and been accused by at least 16 women of sexual misconduct or assault, among other problematic issues — has launched a veritable revolution of women who not only eschew current Republican policies toward women but seek to attain office to directly counteract said policies themselves.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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