Donald Trump speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Gage Skidmore.
Merely two weeks after the tape of Donald Trump talking to Billy Bush about sexually harassing woman, Trump is thrown into yet another scandal. Eight woman have stepped up and claimed that Trump sexually assaulted them, all within the past 30 years. Within the first two weeks of October, he has lost the endorsement of Paul Ryan and John Mccain – two important Republicans – and as more women begin to step forward, his chances of presidency are growing slim.
During the second presidential debate on October 9th, Trump was asked by CNN Reporter Anderson Cooper if he had ever committed sexual assault of any kind. Trump responded, “No. I have not. I will tell you that I’m going to make our country safe.”
Since that election, news broke out that Trump allegedly walked into a 1997 Miss Teen USA beauty pageant, and stated, “Don’t worry ladies, I’ve seen it all before.” Though 11 out of the 16 former models said that they didn’t recall the encounter, Trump told Howard Stern, a radio personality, “I’ll tell you the funniest is that I’ll go backstage before a show and everyone’s getting dressed. No men are anywhere, and I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it. … ‘Is everyone OK?’ You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody OK?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.”
Now lie the eight woman that have spoken out about Trump. There’s Jessica Leeds, who says Trump assaulted her on a plane and the story of Trump groping Mindy McGillivray in a nightclub. Rachel Cooks, a receptionist, was allegedly given a non-consensual kiss by Trump, Kirstin Anderson, a model, claims she was assaulted during a photoshoot by Trump, and many more women have also spoken out. Trump has denied every single claim and has even filed lawsuits against some of the women.
Trump isn’t solo on his misogynist views. After Nate Silver, a political data collector, posted a chart comparing who would win if only one gender voted, his studies showed that Donald Trump would win if only men voted. Trump supporters took to Twitter using the hashtag #RepealThe19th, the 19th being the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Many women even stated they would give up their vote if it meant Trump would win.
How is Trump’s constant battle to gain more women voters going? According to the Nate Silver data, Clinton would have 458 electoral votes, while Trump would just have 80. Clinton appeals to more voters in general because she speaks out more to the minority. As women are a part of the minority, it’s understandable as to why Clinton will gain more of their votes. Hearing a presidential candidate state misogynistic and creepy comments about women can turn a voter away easily.
As the election date creeps forward, there’s no concrete estimate on who the next president of the United States will be. The number of women who support Trump is slowly decreasing as new sexual assault victims come forward and new comments from Trump arise. Though there are undecided voters ready to take a stand, it’s safe to say that the majority of women in the United States will be sticking will Hillary this time.