When attacked, Trump’s inner misogynist displays himself

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This was Sunday, when newly appointed Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway was asked about her previous condemnations of Trump’s attacking, aggressive political style:

CONWAY: “I don’t like when people hurl personal insults. That will never change. That’s not my style, and I’m the mother of four children and it would be a terrible example for me to feel otherwise.”

Q: “Do you think that Mr. Trump is going to change on that?”

CONWAY: “Well, he doesn’t hurl personal insults.”

OK, then. This was her candidate less than 24 hours later:

Conway says that adults who hurl personal insults set a poor example for children, which they do. Yet in return for power, prestige and money, she has chosen to champion Trump’s election to be president of the United States, where he would serve as an example for tens of millions of American children, teaching them that the way to achieve power and popularity is to attack other people using the most vile language possible.

But that barely scratches the surface of what’s happening here.  As someone who has fought to make her way in a very male-oriented profession, Conway is also acutely aware of the slurs and allegations often directed at successful women as a means to “keep them in their place”. In this case, her boss has retaliated against political criticism from Mika Brzezinski in much the same fashion as he retaliated against Megyn Kelly of Fox News, only worse. This time, Trump publicly accused Brzezinski of long-term adultery with her co-worker and co-host, Joe Scarborough. Their relationship, if any, ought to have no relevance in a political debate, but Trump went there anyway, stooping to the standard “when threatened, call her a ‘whore'” defense mechanism.

Trump also dredged up other classic sexist attack lines to hurl at Brzezinski, accusing her of being neurotic, insecure and a “not very bright mess”. Or to use the infamous phrase attached to Anita Hill a generation ago, “a little bit nutty and a little bit slutty.”

Note that Trump used no such language to describe Scarborough.

It’s no surprise that Trump is losing among female voters by somewhere between 12 and 28 points, depending on the poll that you cite. The surprise is that the margin isn’t twice that large. I keep saying it, and I keep hoping and expecting that I’m right:

America, we are better than this.

 

 

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Bernard Wolff
Bernard Wolff

Trump has more women than men as top managers of his operations. He compensates men & women on an equal basis.


How about the White House? The Clinton Foundation?

Hamdog
Hamdog

Oh you're so right! That makes misogyny just fine! That completely exonerates Trump from everything that he said! My parents taught me that when I was little, then when I do something wrong, I can't point the finger at others to make it all right. You need to find a different argument tactic.

carterjoseph1950
carterjoseph1950


What we have to fear most is complacency. He can win if enough of us stay home. Do not take that for granted. He must lose. He is dangerous and mentally ill. He will not be a gracious loser, nor would he be a gracious winner.  Mere good manners are beyond him. Ironic that with all his wealth (supposedly), he does not possess a shred of what he would call 'class'. A more ugly soul I have never seen.

And, Donald, how about your tax returns? HMM?

And as far as Clinton's e-mails, the Republicans will not give up the attack, like dogs on red meat. As if she were an computer genius. 


hwill

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

Is there a reason my post encouraging YouLibs to direct his tongue lashing towards a couple of libs has disappeared?

He/she wouldn't have done it. No need to worry. 

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@FIGMO2

It was probably filled with more schnirt than usual. Sorry I missed it. Had I seen it I could've given you a definitive answer but as it stands we'll have to go with the balance of probabilities. Good luck next time!

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

The RNC thinks Trump is "the big tent" the GOP has desired all these years. Unfortunately, it's more like an umbrella: smallest in the center and works best at keeping things away. They are going to get crushed in November. However, they continue to double down on stupidity. Sure, some people are going to vote for Trump no matter what he says or does. A lot are going to close the curtain and pull the lever for Clinton on the basis of the moronic campaign he ran. For example, do you think Isakson, Cagle, Deal or even Wingfieldare really going to vote for Trump? Really?

Seriously. Is he trying to lose on on purpose? Or is he in the midst of some genius ploy to expose our country as an "Idiocracy" and start a dialog about what is wrong with people and our politics.

Take a look at the unmoderated comment sections here. It boggles the mind.

HarryCrews
HarryCrews

@DaltonbywayofBickley It depends. In 1940 I thought Heaven was Waycross. In the end, I found out I got all dressed up and have no place to go.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

Hillary is a dishonest lying pig

Don't know where Jay gets these silly ideas about "misogyny" and whatnot.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Visual_Cortex


And, biracial Obama was a Kenyan, for goodness sakes.  ;-)   Same 'group think' at work - racism then, sexism now - when power is about to change hands.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Visual_Cortex another example of the beauty of Trump running against Hillary.

In the coming weeks things will get really tuff for Hillary.

Anyone but Trump would back off when the cries of misogny come from the Left.

Here's_to_Blue
Here's_to_Blue

@JohnnyReb @Visual_Cortex I seem to remember reading a comment very recently in which you stated you don't love many people.  That certainly shows.  You poor, poor man.  You're infected with a bile so intense your insides must be totally corroded.

Alan
Alan

nicely said


Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

Trump continues to do well with one and only one group of Americans


Uneducated white males.


And we see it here every singe day.


Especially the uneducated part.

honested
honested

@Hedley_Lammar 

We can all be glad the number of ignorant (and plan to stay that way), backwoods, knuckle-dragging, hillbillies and their cohort of hanger-on morons is small and diminishing every day.

TBS
TBS

Bringing

TBS
TBS

You brining up contempt and smugness

That's a good one to get the morning comedy going

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@TBS

You brining up contempt and smugness

Contempt and smugness are finger-lickin' good when brined.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Hedley_Lammar

Problem is he can't get 100% of them to vote for him, and that's what he'll need to win at this rate.

honested
honested

@Visual_Cortex @honested @Hedley_Lammar 

Many of those traditional republiklans were probably already planning on voting for him (most of them moved into the republiklan party since the ray-gun years).

The 'outreach' just makes them less likely to be embarrassed if he should accidentally win  and less responsible for the terrible damage that would be wrought.

skydog12
skydog12

@Hedley_Lammar


It`s not just uneducated, it`s unaware of local, state, national, and world issues.


I`m running into some highly educated people who are unaware and/or don`t care?

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@honested @Visual_Cortex @Hedley_Lammar

No, not that group alone of course, but if he could manage it along with the meager support he has among the other demographics, he could probably find a route to 270.

BTW--and I'm hardly the only one to notice--but his recent "outreach" to minorities is, obviously, more about making traditional Republican voters feel better about voting for a blatant white nationalist, than about getting anything more than a pittance of an uptick among Blacks and Hispanics.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

One way to size up the character of the candidate is how petty the "arguments" become by the other side.  The more petty, and silly, the better the odds that those "facts"  are simply BS, better stated as propaganda.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Surelyyoujest @MaryElizabethSings


So what? 95% of the white Southerners thought African-Americans were beneath them in the 1950s.  So what about "popularity" contests?


I do not put much stock in majority thinking because "group think" is always operative. I am more interested in truth.  One has to discern very closely to determine that.

Surelyyoujest
Surelyyoujest

@MaryElizabethSings Didn't you start this thread about petty arguments being BS?  And now you post stuff about the 1950's?  BWAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA

Donnie_Pinko
Donnie_Pinko

@Hedley_Lammar @Surelyyoujest @MaryElizabethSings 

No, actually it is quite significant that BOTH candidates are far and away not only the most unpopular, but the most widely loathed major party candidates in modern presidential history. And they're running at the same time! 

You almost couldn't ask for a more vivid illustration of a political system in crisis.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

@Surelyyoujest @MaryElizabethSings


Nothing petty about the deaths of Cheney, Schwartz, and the other young man.


Group think and ignorance created those deaths, then, and group think and ignorance are present today.  Be aware.


When we cannot connect the past to the present we are in serious intellectual problems as a nation.