Numerous national polls have been released in the past week, virtually none of which present much hope for Donald Trump’s electoral chances. Except if only men voted. Since 1980 there has been a noticeable gender gap in presidential voting. Women are traditionally much more Democratic than men. In the 2016 election, however, that gap has become a gulf. According to Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com if only women voted in the 2016 election Hillary Clinton would win 38 states and win 458 electoral votes to only 80 for Donald Trump. Conversely, if only men voted those numbers would be 35 and 350, respectively, in favor of Donald Trump.
In the wake of this news Trump supporters have responded thusly:
While most news outlets have seemingly presented this as a serious movement by Trump supporters to repeal the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution which granted American women the right to vote, or at least adopted the hashtag as a protest against Hillary Clinton. However, it has been reported that the hashtag had been co-opted by Clinton supporters and some claiming that the entire hashtag had been the invention of the Clinton campaign. Snopes declared the notion that Trump supporters legitimately want to repeal the 19th Amendment untrue and suggested the hashtag was begun by Trump supporters in order to create a Twitter trend. While Forbes said the hashtag was simply added to statements of support for Donald Trump.
But if the hashtag was applied to statements which matched the sentiment and Trump supporters thought the proposition of taking away women’s right to vote was funny it demonstrates the political sensibilities of those supporters.
They’re joking about undermining democracy.