Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Roanoke, Virginia, U.S., July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
In his usual routine of informing his supporters of his latest polling numbers, Trump on Monday claimed that in spite of polls showing a significant gender gap among his support base, “I think I’m doing well with the women.”
He later added: “Maybe I’m wrong. I don’t know.”
“Fifty percent of our country is men, where I am doing very, very well, record-setting numbers, folks,” he said. “That’s the good news. Let me give you the bad news. The women, I don’t know what is going on with the women here, but I think, I think I’m doing well with the women.”
Trump asserted that his daughter Ivanka “is doing well with the women,” referring to her speech at last week’s Republican National Convention, which argued that Trump has long supported women and would close the gender pay gap and create more affordable child care programs as president.
“I tell you, my daughter does well. Ivanka, she is doing well with the women,” he said. “She understands the real Donald, and I think we are doing well with women.”
For the record, Trump’s favorability ratings and polling numbers among female voters are abysmally low, which makes sense, given that he has a history of calling women “fat pigs,” “dogs” and “disgusting animals.” Earlier this month, the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics aggregated 22 national polls and found that the gender gap between Trump and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is a record 24 points.
Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, did not help matters when last week he claimed that women would support Trump because the real estate mogul would make sure their husbands could “pay for the family bills.”
But Trump, in typical Trumpian fashion, continued to brag about his female supporters.
“Everywhere we go, we have massive crowds like this and so many women signs all over the place,” he said Monday. “Women for Trump.”