Trump’s women prob­lem grows

Megyn, Ali­cia, Hil­lary form­ing conga-line of scan­dals

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In­sults, per­sonal attacks on Twit­ter, tirades on tele­vi­sion: Don­ald Trump’s be­hav­ior to­ward women, in­clud­ing pres­i­den­tial ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton, has be­come a li­a­bil­ity that could cost him the elec­tion. The Repub­li­can can­di­date has said, “I cher­ish women. I want to help women.” But his record shows oth­er­wise. He landed in hot wa­ter most re­cently for de­rid­ing Venezue­lan for­mer Miss Uni­verse Ali­cia Machado as “Miss Piggy” af­ter she gained weight.

But that is only the lat­est in a cor­nu­copia of in­sults di­rected at fe­male jour­nal­ists, co­me­di­ans and politi­cians, whose physiques, sex lives, com­pe­tence and phys­i­cal health have been tar­gets of Trump’s gibes. In a first for a White House can­di­date, the 70-year-old Trump took to Twit­ter at 5:00 am to attack Machado, goad­ing fol­low­ers to check out her past and a sup­posed “sex tape.” He’s also the first to mock­ingly mimic his ri­val dur­ing a rally, im­i­tat­ing Clin­ton’s stum­ble as she fell ill at a Septem­ber 11 me­mo­rial last month. “Here’s a woman, she’s sup­posed to fight all of th­ese dif­fer­ent things, and she can’t make it 15 feet to her car. Give me a break,” said Trump, who for months has taunted Clin­ton as “Crooked Hil­lary.”

Dur­ing the first pres­i­den­tial de­bate, a fo­rum vot­ers gen­er­ally turn to for sub­stance and nu­ance, Trump at­tacked co­me­dian Rosie O’Don­nell (the two have crit­i­cized each other for years). “I said very tough things to her and I think ev­ery­body would agree she de­serves it and no­body feels sorry for her,” Trump said. Trump feuded for months with Fox News jour­nal­ist Megyn Kelly (“I refuse to call Megyn Kelly a bimbo, be­cause that would not be po­lit­i­cally cor­rect. In­stead I will only call her a lightweight re­porter!”) al­though the two made amends in May.

He tweeted that Mika Brzezin­ski, a co-host on MSNBC’s “Morn­ing Joe” po­lit­i­cal show, was the “very in­se­cure long­time girl­friend” of its other host, Joe Scar­bor­ough. The two are not in a re­la­tion­ship. Then there was Trump’s Repub­li­can op­po­nent Carly Fio­r­ina, who com­peted against him in the pri­maries. “Look at that face! Would any­one vote for that?” Trump said of Fio­r­ina, who even­tu­ally dropped out of the race. An As­so­ci­ated Press in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that Trump’s crass be­hav­ior ex­tended to “The Ap­pren­tice,” the re­al­ity TV show that made him a me­dia star. More than 20 crew mem­bers, ed­i­tors and con­tes­tants re­called him mak­ing lewd or sex­u­ally sug­ges­tive re­marks about women on the hit show, ac­cord­ing to AP. Trump’s camp has de­nounced the ac­cu­sa­tions as “out­landish, un­sub­stan­ti­ated, and to­tally false.”

In poll af­ter poll, Amer­i­can women, who rep­re­sent some 52 per­cent of vot­ers, have in­di­cated that Trump’s com­ments are not ap­pre­ci­ated. Around 55 per­cent say they will vote for Clin­ton and 36 per­cent for Trump. And fol­low­ing Trump’s Machado com­ments, 55 per­cent of women said they had a lower opin­ion of Trump, ac­cord­ing to a Politico/Morn­ing Con­sult poll.

“It re­ally does put him in a pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion with women, the largest vot­ing bloc in the coun­try,” said Jeanne Zaino, a po­lit­i­cal science pro­fes­sor at Iona Col­lege. “Repub­li­cans have been very sen­si­tive to the fact that they have been los­ing women for many elec­tions,” she said, adding that af­ter Repub­li­can Mitt Rom­ney’s loss in 2012, the party talked about how to win more women vot­ers. Trump’s cam­paign has reached out to fe­male vot­ers, promis­ing paid ma­ter­nity leave for women and putting out a slick com­mer­cial fea­tur­ing his daugh­ter Ivanka speak­ing on the theme of fam­ily. But the can­di­date seems bent on the op­po­site.

“They are work­ing so hard to cap­ture the fe­male vote and he is mak­ing th­ese state­ments... about a beauty queen many decades ago,” Zaino said. With five weeks to go be­fore the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion, she asks whether Trump is “go­ing to be able to con­vince that he has the tem­per­a­ment to be pres­i­dent?” “It’s be­com­ing in­creas­ingly tough.”

Trump tum­bles down rich list

It seems run­ning for pres­i­dent is hurt­ing Don­ald Trump’s fi­nances big time. The Repub­li­can nom­i­nee’s for­tune fell $800 mil­lion last year send­ing him tum­bling 35 spots on a list of rich­est Amer­i­cans, Forbes said yes­ter­day. The busi­ness mag­a­zine said the New York real es­tate mogul is worth $3.7 bil­lion­down from an es­ti­mated $4.5 bil­lion in March-and just over a third of the $10 bil­lion that Trump has bragged of amass­ing.

Trump, who has made his fab­u­lous wealth a key sell­ing point in his bid for the White House, plum­meted to num­ber 156 on Forbes’ an­nual list of the rich­est 400 Amer­i­cans. It is more bad news for the Repub­li­can as his Demo­cratic ri­val Hil­lary Clin­ton pulls ahead in the polls af­ter win­ning last week’s first pres­i­den­tial de­bate. “A soft­en­ing of New York City’s real es­tate mar­ket, par­tic­u­larly in re­tail and of­fice, where val­u­a­tions are trend­ing down, has di­min­ished his es­ti­mated net worth,” Forbes wrote.

Of 28 Trump as­sets scru­ti­nized by the mag­a­zine, Forbes said 18 fell in value, in­clud­ing his Trump Tower head­quar­ters on New York’s Fifth Av­enue and Mar-a-Lago, his beach­front club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Trump poured $7 mil­lion into his cam­paign and loaned the cam­paign an ad­di­tional $48 mil­lion, which he is un­likely to get back, the mag­a­zine added. He did just one real es­tate deal this year, buy­ing a ware­house in Charleston, South Carolina that was in fore­clo­sure, Forbes said.

In a fur­ther dig at the most loathed US pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in modern times, Forbes chose this year to high­light im­mi­grant suc­cess sto­ries and said a record 42 nat­u­ral­ized Amer­i­cans made this year’s an­nual list. Im­mi­grants ac­count for 10.5 per­cent of the list, whereas nat­u­ral­ized cit­i­zens make up only six per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion, Forbes said. Those on the list come from 21 coun­tries, led by Is­rael, In­dia, Hun­gary and Tai­wan. — AFP

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