Politics and playing the ‘woman card’

(AP file)

(CNN) – Riding high and eager to turn towards the general election, “She’s playing the woman card left and right.”

Donald Trump is unveiling a page from his playbook against the democratic frontrunner, designed of course to get people talking, “Frankly if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5% of the vote.”

Hillary Clinton’s campaign clearly sees it as a political gift, trying to raise campaign cash off Trump’s woman card comments with this new email, saying, “Hillary Clinton has won more than 12 million votes, that’s 2 million more than Trump, because she has the best vision for this country, the chops to get the job done, and an incredible team fighting alongside her.”

Also incorporating it into her stump speech, “If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”

When she ran in 2008, Clinton didn’t play up the fact that she would be the first female president until it was too late, “Although we weren’t able to shatter that highest, hardest glass ceiling this time, thanks to you, it’s got about 18 million cracks in it.”

This time, she is leaning in more, “I’m not asking people to vote for me simply because I’m a woman. I’m asking people to vote for me on the merits. And I think one of the merits is I am a woman!”

Despite that, Hillary Clinton has some work to do with female voters.  Half of women view her unfavorably.

Still, that’s pretty good compared to what women think of Donald Trump.  73 percent, nearly three quarters of female voters, have an unfavorable view of him and in a head-to-head matchup, Clinton crushes Trump with female voters, 60 percent to 33 percent.

It’s why a chief republican worry about Trump is that he will turn off women at the polls, “Well I think the only card she has is the woman’s card. She’s got nothing else going.”

And why Chris Christie’s wife, Mary Pat, may be no fan of Hillary’s, but her side eye glance went viral, when Trump said this, “The only thing she’s got going is the women’s card. And the beautiful thing is women don’t like her, okay?”

Clinton’s supporters quickly flocked to her defense, saying she’s the most experienced person to run for president in some time.

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