Tuesday, October 9, 2018

What women want - according to Trump's propaganda machine

Might authoritarianism trump feminism? That seems to be Donald Trump’s mantra. However, there are some pesky facts that keep biting GOPlins on the butt.

Steve Benen (MSNBC/MaddowBlog) tells us that Trump & Co. are eager to tell you what American women are thinking. Why am I not surprised to learn that Trump has no clue about that.

Kellyanne Conway was on ABC News’ “This Week” yesterday and she took some time to point to all of the women who sided with Brett Kavanaugh.

“A lot of women, including me, in America, looked up and saw a man who was [facing] political character assassination,” the White House official argued. “And, also, we looked up and saw in him possibly our husbands, our sons, our cousins, our co-workers, our brothers.”

As it turns out, Donald Trump read from the same script:

Asked aboard Air Force One about women voters angry about Kavanaugh’s confirmation, the president responded, “I don’t think they are,” he said. Women are “extremely happy,” he said, “because they’re thinking of their sons, they’re thinking of their husbands and their brothers, their uncles, and others.”

The president apparently considers himself something of an expert in the field of women’s attitudes. Two weeks ago, Trump was equally eager to insist that when it came to the fight over Kavanaugh, women were “very angry,” not with Republicans, but with Democrats for mistreating the judge. Trump added., “Women are so angry.”

Now, however, they’re “extremely happy” – evidently because women were to eager to see Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court.

And yet, for some pesky reason, Trump’s assurances appear to be at odds with every shred of independent evidence available to us.

The latest Quinnipiac poll, for example, found that while a modest plurality of men supported Kavanaugh’s nomination (49% to 40%) a clear majority of women did not (55% to 37%). Other surveys pointed in the same direction.

Similarly, two major recent polls – Pew Research and CNN – both found women opposing Trump’s presidency by more than two-to-one margin.

This morning, meanwhile, we learned of new data from a new Washington Post-Schar School survey, which polled voters in 69 battleground House districts. The report on the results noted that while men prefer Republican candidates by a modest margin (51% to 46%), women support Democrats by a wide margin (54% to 40%).

Donald Trump is eager to tell you what women are thinking. There’s ample reason to believe he has no idea what he’s talking about.

Trump, the great divider, pits sons against daughters

Just in case you might not have picked up on another Trumpian talking point, here is Trump pitting sons against daughters: Trump says it’s ‘a very scary time’ for young men — but that women are ‘doing great’.

He was asked what he’d say to young men in America.

“I say that it’s a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,” Trump replied. “This is a very difficult time.”

Later, Trump was asked what message he had for young women, according to a pool report. Women, he said, “are doing great.”

… Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., told an interviewer this week that he now worries more about his sons than his daughters.

Data on how many false assault accusations are made is hard to determine, but false claims make up only a small observed percentage of reported assaults. Most assaults, of course, aren’t reported at all.

But that does not stop Trump’s PR campaign pitting sons against daughters.

Trump’s strategy on men facing allegations of assault was captured in Bob Woodward’s book “Fear.”

“You’ve got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women,” Trump told a friend facing assault allegations. “If you admit to anything and any culpability, then you’re dead.”

This was a friend who, Woodward writes, actually behaved inappropriately. But Trump told him to deny anything happened.

This shouldn’t really be a scary time for young men, even extending that idea beyond the Kavanaugh fight. This continues to also be a moment in which women are often not doing great.

Except, maybe, for those at Fox news. Judd Legum at popular.info has this item.

White House continues merger with Fox News

In August, I wrote that it’s increasingly hard to tell the difference between the White House and Fox News:

Fox News has always been a partisan network seeking, above all, to advance the prospects of the Republican Party. But during the Trump administration, it has become something much different. It has effectively transformed into a state-run propaganda network.

There is no distinction between the White House’s communication strategy and Fox News’ editorial strategy.

So you can imagine my surprise when Fox announced Monday that the former White House Communications Director, Hope Hicks, signed on as its chief communications officer.

The current White House Communications Director, Bill Shine, was a former top executive at Fox News until he was forced out for mishandling sexual assault allegations. Fox News’ most popular host, Sean Hannity, speaks with Trump daily and is considered the “shadow Chief of Staff.”

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