MSNBC host Rachel Maddow broke down on Tuesday the peril Donald Trump invited on Tuesday by painting Hillary Clinton as an unqualified presidential candidate.
“As our colleague and friend Nicolle Wallace pointed out earlier this evening, Donald Trump does have a general election problem,” Maddow told co-host Brian Williams. “Even if he gets this nomination, even if everything goes the way it has been for him during the primary as he heads toward the general election, he brings with him a big problem with women voters.”
Earlier in the evening, Trump said he did not think Clinton would get “5 percent of the vote” if she were a man.
“The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card,” he said. “And the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”
But as Vox noted, Trump is viewed unfavorably by more women than Clinton — 52 percent of respondents, compared to 39 percent — according to a survey taken by the nonpartisan firm Morning Consult.
“To say about the woman that you’re running against that the only reason she’s in the race is because she’s a woman — that her achievement is basically the result of some sort of affirmative action, some favor being paid to her as a woman — and that as a human being she is patently unqualified when she is the former two-term senator from New York and the former secretary of state and has the experience that she’s had, I do think that even a lot of Republican women will read that wrong.”
Trump won all five GOP primaries on Tuesday, while Clinton won four out of the five Democratic contests, which Maddow said puts them on a course toward meeting in the general election in “realpolitik,” if not according to their respective parties’ delegate tallies.
Watch Maddow’s commentary, as aired on Tuesday, below.
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.
"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."
The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE
Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.