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Femme Fettle: Five women now in running for White House to oust Trump


WASHINGTON: "You may shoot me with your words/ You may cut me with your eyes/ You may kill me with your hatefulness/ But still, like air, I'll rise," the poet Maya Angelou wrote in her feminist anthem Still I Rise. Little more than two years after Hillary Clinton was thwarted from breaking the American political glass ceiling through an archaic electoral gadget that discounts widespread vote, female candidates are taking every other crack at it, emerging in remarkable numbers. Five Democrats are actually within the race for a White House face-off against a person widely regarded as a ordinary sexist and misogynist.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren officially announced their respective presidential campaigns this past weekend, becoming a member of California Senator Kamala Harris, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Hawaii Congresswomen Tulsi Gabbard within the crowded roster of Democratic candidates that includes the perfect number of female aspirants for the White House in US historical past.

The women must duke it out among themselves and more than half dozen males in an extended number one season prior to one in all them clinches the Party price tag to challenge President Trump, who as of now's a shoo-in for the Republican nomination), even if now not everyone seems to be writing in him. "By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be President," Warren advised electorate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Saturday, prior to hinting at jail-time for the maverick occupant of the White House. "In fact, he may not even be a free person."

Trump, as is his wont, is utterly dismissive of his challengers, in particular the women. "Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!" he sneered on Twitter, relating to Warren’s misplaced claim of Native American heritage.

Minnesotan Klobuchar also came under fire after she announced her marketing campaign in heavy snow fall that covered her with snow. "Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she is running for President, talking proudly of fighting global warming while standing in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman (woman)!" a President who's observed as being clueless about science scoffed on Twitter.

Trump has also derided Gillibrand, calling her calling her a "lightweight" and claiming she came to his place of work "begging for campaign contributions," whilst largely ignoring Tulsi Gabbard. Only Kamala Harris has earned grudging acknowledgment. "I would say, the best opening so far would be Komala Harris," Trump said ultimate week when requested who could be his toughest opponent in 2020, mispronouncing her name. "I would say, in terms of the opening act, I would say, would be her."


The US president, who has made gratuitous allusions to ladies’s menstrual cycle, indulged in “locker-room” discuss grabbing female genitalia, and is accused of consorting with porn starts and playboy bunnies, has an extended record of lurid sexist remarks that only his hardcore supporters don't have any drawback accepting. But many analysts are warning that he might to find his comeuppance together with his baiting of female candidates.


"The president’s style, rhetoric and policies have generated a backlash among women that has turned the traditional gender gap between the parties into a chasm, and that dynamic is already beginning to color every aspect of the upcoming presidential campaign," the journal Politico said in a document, noting that even within the 2016 elections, Trump’s deeply private attacks on Hillary Clinton fueled the biggest gender hole within the historical past of exit polls. Trump lost women through 13 proportion issues, 54 in step with cent to 41 in step with cent.


But Trump falsely claims that he gained more women’s vote than Clinton. He did – if one counted only white women’s votes: 52 in step with cent voted for him. Four of the five female Democratic aspirants for the 2020 price tag are white women.


"If he responds in usual Trump fashion, with his no-holds-barred attacks, he could drive away more female voters than he did in the 2018 midterms. That could potentially not only be devastating for Trump, but for many Republicans on the 2020 ballot," noted CNN analyst Dean Obeidullah in a comment titled "Strong Democratic women are Trump's kryptonite."


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