Trump Vs Women: Women Are Fighting Back at the Polls

Oct 12, 2016

Another day, another story accusing Trump of illicit, aggressive sexual behavior against women. The latest item comes from Buzzfeed's Kendall Taggart, Jessica Garrison, Jessica Testa and continues to test our collective expectations of a presidential candidate and an election cycle as a whole: "Teen Beauty Queens Say Trump Walked In On Them Changing." Though such actions would be inappropriate regardless of the women's ages, the fact that the victims were, as CNN's Paul Begala puts it, "Teenagers, people, teenagers," does add even more creepiness to an already unsettling series of stories around this theme of Trump's unwanted sexual advances and invasions.

One piece of good news is that women are fighting back where it counts most this Fall - at the polls. In a story by 538's Nate Silver called, "Women Are Defeating Donald Trump," there is a graphic revealing what the electoral map would look like if only women voted. "Saving the country again," tweets journalist Deborah Blum.

In other news you should know:

Donald Trump's in hot water with more than just the average American female voter. NBC's Leigh Ann Caldwell reports that two major GOP donors are asking Trump for their money back." The Observer's John Schindler isn't terribly surprised: "If you go to war with the #GOP, your OWN party, things happen."

Let's check in on how the United Kingdom is coping with the Brexit vote... Oh, the pound's is at a 168-year low, according to the Financial Times' Mehreen Khan? Scratch that, says FT's Robin Wigglesworth, "at least" a 168-year low? So it could be even worse?

The New York Times' Frank Bruni echoes what many are thinking and saying: "I don't need daughters or a wife to find Donald Trump appalling. I just need a conscience."

Russia is in the news this election perhaps more often than in any race since Reagan, and the latest has nothing to do with hacking or alleged Trump ties but is about something much more...puffy: "A New Weapon in Russia's Arsenal, and It's Inflatable" is the title of a New York Times piece by Andrew Kramer on what he calls "the ultimate in soft power: a puffy MiG."

And finally, in a development likely considered unheard of just a few months ago, the state of Utah is in play for the Democrats, according to a poll cited by the Deseret News showing Trump and Clinton in a dead heat in the Salt Lake State. And nipping at their heels within the margin of error is an Independent who many had even never heard of until yesterday. USA Today's Jill Lawrence calls it "The Evan McMullin moment. Former CIA agent, House GOP policy director & BYU alum could win Utah."

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