The Commanders’ Wives

I wrote this for an online magazine last spring that never got published. I think it’s relevant, given last night and the support that (white) women threw to Trump. No mention of Kellyanne Conway (this was still back during the Manafort and Lewandowski days), but she fits right in, too.

I’m heartbroken and terrified of what this means for America. But someone posted this quote by Jeannette Rankin, the first woman to be elected to congress, and I’m taking heart:

If I had my life to live over, I would do it all again, but this time I would be nastier.

So here’s to my nasty women. May we continue to fight like hell for what we, and all Americans regardless of orientation, color, ability, or gender, deserve.

The Commanders’ Wives

“Women. You have to treat them like s**t.”

The new anti-Trump ad from Our Principles PAC cites this statement from the Donald not once, not twice, but THREE times. First in New York Magazine in 1992, then again in two sources from August of 2015. It seems that Trump’s misogynist strategy for dealing with women is working, too.

Last week, Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson defended his statements in this ad by continuing the candidate’s long-standing campaign history of gaslighting anything inconvenient. “A lot of those statements [are] what Mr. Trump made as a television character, so I don’t think that some of that is going to stick,” Pierson told Fox News host Martha MacCallum.

But are they really just Trump’s TV character? We’ve seen him insult Megyn Kelly most famously as “blood coming out of her wherever” for her tough debate questions, and dismissing Carly Fiorina’s presidential run by insulting her face. Late last year, we covered the 9 most sexist things Donald has said, and the hits keep coming (and not just in his campaign rallies).

Yet Trump has many high-profile (or grasping to be high-profile) women supporters. His spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, is a Texas tea-partier who formerly supported Ted Cruz. Kayleigh McEnany is CNN’s new go-to Trump Supporter. Scottie Neil Hughes is a chief political commentator for USA Radio Networks, and an outspoken Trump supporter. Of course, there’s also longtime “pundit” who wishes women couldn’t vote.

All of these women dismiss, or embrace, Trump’s misogyny.

Just because women are supporting Trump doesn’t mean his comments are excusable, or shouldn’t be ridiculed. The Wives in Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale supported the distopian revolution because they believed they’d get preferential treatment over the feminists and activists who opposed it – the Unwomen who are stripped of their legitimacy in the cruelest way. Much like Atwood’s Wives, Pierson, McEnany, Hughes, and Coulter will find that their place at Trump’s kids’ table will be undercut and undermined as soon as Trump finds them past their usefulness. Then they will be left powerless, and still beholden to the force they tied their aspirations to.


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