‘Is this the president we want for our daughters?’
The next president of the United States will make countless decisions that affect the lives of 157 million American women. He or she will have sway over their right to choose, health care access, child care costs, educational opportunities, take home pay, and whether or not they’ll go to war. In addition to serving as an executive officer, the president is also role model for countless young girls. So the latest ad from the Hillary Clinton campaign entitled, “Mirrors,” asks an important question about Republican nominee Donald Trump: “Is this the president we want for our daughters?”
The new ad, currently running in swing states and on national cable networks, shows young women looking in the mirror while Trump calls women “fat,” “ugly,” and “slobs.” Trump also makes disparaging comments about women’s breast sizes and body types while freely admitting that he doesn’t treat women with respect. On a deeper level, the ad asks what electing a man who delights in disparaging women says about our national character.
Reminding women of Trump’s sexism is a strong strategy for the Clinton campaign. A recent New York Times poll found that 55 percent of women don’t think he respects them and only 11 percent say a Trump presidency would be good for their gender. So the question remains: why would any woman decide to a vote for a man who holds her in such contempt?