In a recent “Fox and Friends” interview, the Republican presidential front-runner was asked to comment on Clinton’s remark in the Des Moines Register that he has a “penchant for sexism.” Trump responded with a warning to Hillary that she’d better play fair and not try to use the “woman’s card!”
“She’s got to be careful, you know. It’s got to be fair. And we all have to fight fairly and we have to fight…for the good of the country, for the good of the people, for the good of everybody, but we have to fight fairly…And she’s playing the woman’s card, and it’s like, give me a break.”
Trump has a long record of misogyny, so his critique of Clinton’s comment surprise no one. What is surprising is how effectively his argument erases his personal history of sexism, and women’s sustained struggle for equal rights.
By scolding Hillary for pulling the “woman’s card,” Trump stokes Conservative’s fear that affirmative action is giving women an unfair advantage over men. His comment suggests that Hillary is tapping into some magical “she-power” that trumps the “patriarchy card,” in spite of women’s ongoing struggles for equality and reproductive rights.
In Trump’s world of male privilege, it’s unfair for Clinton to call him out for being sexist, but it’s perfectly fine for him to suggest that Bill Clinton’s infidelity makes Hillary unfit to serve as President (remember that time he asked Americans why Hillary Clinton thinks she can satisfy America if she can’t satisfy her husband)?
It’s business as usual for the Trump campaign. Misogyny is just another tool in his arsenal of inflammatory rhetoric.