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Angela Rye: Evangelical voters ‘can’t see women as head of a household’ — let alone the country

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CNN commentator and former Congressional Black Caucus staffer Angela Rye said in an appearance on NPR’s Here and Now Wednesday that there were many factors in Donald Trump’s upset of Hillary Clinton in the polls Tuesday, but that part of the problem is the persistent sexism of some voters.

Host Robin Young pointed out that Clinton has been literally “demonized” by some on the right.

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“I actually know anecdotally of some people in Washington, D.C. when I worked there in the 90s who actually thought — this was not a metaphor — they thought Hillary Clinton was Satan,” said Young.

“How much of it has to do with the fact that she’s a woman?” said Rye. “You just mentioned the religious right. Eighty-two percent of evangelicals could not support Hillary Clinton and did not support Hillary Clinton and that speaks volumes.”

She went on, “This is a swath of voters I have talked about at least on Twitter. They can’t see a woman being the head of a household. They can’t see a woman being the head of a church without it being a co-pastor or in a co-pastoring role with their husband. And they can definitely not see a woman being the head of the nation. And I think that’s something we really have to talk about.”

“Whether that’s blatant sexism or not,” she said, “what we do know is that white women voted for Donald Trump. He won the majority of white women votes.”

Listen to the segment, embedded below:

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ABC News had the goods on Jeffrey Epstein years ago — and killed the story

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Multimillionaire predator Jeffrey Epstein died in suspicious circumstances at a Manhattan correctional facility on Aug. 10. The wealthy and powerful New York financier, a convicted sex offender, stands accused by dozens of women and girls of trafficking, rape and sexual abuse. He was an enormously influential and well-connected man who counted as friends billionaire business ownersHollywood starsBritish royals, and even top media figures like Katie Couric and Charlie Rose — with some of his associates falling under suspicion of condoning or even participating in a pedophile ring.

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Child killed as quake strikes southern Philippines

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A powerful earthquake hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Sunday, killing a child, injuring dozens and damaging buildings in an area still recovering from a string of deadly quakes in October.

Police said a rescue operation had been launched at a heavily damaged market building in Padada near the 6.8 magnitude quake's epicentre, which is about 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of the major city of Davao.

Patients were evacuated from hospitals as a precaution and nervous crowds massed outside shopping malls after the jolt and dozens of smaller, but strong aftershocks.

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50 bodies unearthed from Mexican mass grave

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The bodies of at least 50 people have been unearthed from a mass grave at a farm outside Mexico's western city of Guadalajara, local authorities said.

The grim site was discovered just over three weeks ago in Jalisco -- a state hard-hit by violence linked to organized crime.

The local prosecutor's office said Saturday 13 of the dead -- 12 men and a woman -- have been identified and the remains given to their families.

The process of identifying more of the victims and how they died will continue, it added.

A mass grave with 34 bodies was discovered in a suburb of Guadalajara on September 3, while another was found nearby in May with the remains of 30 people.

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