The issue of Donald trump’s attitude to women and his alleged inappropriate behaviour with women continues to dominate the US presidential election. More allegations have been published from women claiming that Trump has acted with them much like he described him being in the tape conversation that emerged a week ago.
This also brings to the surface a major issue of (some) male attitudes to woman.
The latest allegation is in the Washington Post: Woman says Trump reached under her skirt and groped her in early 1990s
Kristin Anderson, who was pursuing a modeling career, has told The Post that Donald Trump groped her on a couch in a crowded Manhattan nightspot in the early 1990s. The Trump campaign denied the allegations, as it has denied claims made by other women who have come forward in recent days.
Kristin Anderson was deep in conversation with acquaintances at a crowded Manhattan nightspot and did not notice the figure to her right on a red velvet couch — until, she recalls, his fingers slid under her miniskirt, moved up her inner thigh, and touched her vagina through her underwear.
Anderson shoved the hand away, fled the couch and turned to take her first good look at the man who had touched her, she said.
She recognized him as Donald Trump: “He was so distinctive looking — with the hair and the eyebrows. I mean, nobody else has those eyebrows.”
Over the years, Anderson, now 46 and a photographer living in Southern California, has recounted the story to people she knew, casually at first.
One friend, Kelly Stedman, told The Washington Post that Anderson informed her about the encounter a few days after it happened.
Anderson, who said she doesn’t support Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton, did not initially approach The Post. A reporter contacted her after hearing her story from a person who knew of it, and she spent several days trying to decide whether to go public.
“Mr. Trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is totally ridiculous,” Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said in an emailed statement.
The growing number of complaints against Trump, triggered by his denial he never acted the way he described in the tape, are a major distraction for his presidential campaign.
And they seem to be having an effect in polls. Trump is losing support amongst women.
A spokesperson for Trump has just said on Fox News that the allegations are very difficult to deal with (understandably). He also said he knows Trump very well and “he didn’t do any of these things”. That means nothing unless he was with at the time of each alleged grope.
The latest Fox News poll: Clinton leads Trump by 7 points:
Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump has increased to seven points, as more than half of voters say he is not qualified to be president.
- Hillary Clinton 45%
- Donald Trump 38%
- Gary Johnson 7%
- Jill Stein 3%.
Last week, Clinton was up by two points in the four-way contest (44-42 percent).
In the two-way matchup, it’s Clinton over Trump by eight (49-41 percent). She had a four-point edge a week ago (48-44 percent, Oct. 3-6).
That’s a significant move.
Breakdowns show that Trump is best supported by less educated white males, and his support from women is slipping.
- Men +5 points
- Whites +14
- Whites without a college degree +25
But he has declining support with:
- Voters ages 65+ down 11 points
- White college graduates down 6
- Regular church goers down 8
- Women ages 45 and over down 12
- Suburban women down 10
- White women with a college degree down 7
- GOP women down 6
That is significantly reducing support from women.
Trump’s enthusiasm advantage is also down, and Clinton’s is up:
70 percent of his backers “strongly” supported him last week. That’s 63 percent now.
For Clinton, it’s 66 percent, up from 57 percent.
Honest and trustworthy:
- Clinton 32% (up 1)
- Trump 31% (down 3)
The right temperament to serve effectively as president:
- Clinton 62% (up 1)
- Trump 34% (down 3)
“Regardless of how you might vote, how qualified do you think Hillary Clinton is to be President of the United States?”
- Very 41% (up 4)
- Somewhat 26% (up 1)
- Not very 8% (down 3)
- Not at all 24% (down 3)
“Regardless of how you might vote, how qualified do you think Trump is to be President of the United States?”
- Very 16% (no change)
- Somewhat 26% (down 1)
- Not very 9% (down 5)
- Not at all 49% (up 7)
Clinton has her own problems with the drip feed from WikiLeaks, but at this stage it seems that Trump is being damaged more by the sexual impropriety allegations, especially amongst female voters.
UPDATE: There’s yet another woman who has come out and claimed Trump assaulted and kissed her during episode 5 of The Apprentice. She has just appeared with her lawyer in an interview from Los Angeles.
I’ve been watching Fox News coverage of this as it happens and as they covered the latest Trump speech and even from Fox he is getting bad coverage. They are showing contradictions in Trump’s denials, and showing him calling all the women liars and implying and saying that some of them are too ugly for him to assault.
He spent most of his speech (in Greensboro, North Carolina) denying accusations and attacking the women who have come out and accused him.
And he also continued with claims that the media is conspiring with the Clintons against him and that the whole election is rigged.
Some lap this stuff up but it’s looking increasingly like a major stuff up for the Republican Party.
There’s some irony here – Clinton has been promoted as a a great role model for women, especially if she wins the presidency.
But it may be Trump’s abuse of women and women’s reaction to that in the ballot box that loses the election for Trump more than Clinton winning it.