Election 2016

#RepealThe19th: Donald Trump Supporters Tweet New Anthem After Nate Silver's Poll Shows He'd Win If Only Men Voted

Trump backers have finally found a poll they like: An imaginary electoral map with no women voters.

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Less than a month after the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which finally enshrined women’s right to vote in the U.S. Constitution, some supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have taken to social media to complain that without women’s suffrage their preferred candidate would be leading in the public opinion polls.

 

The Los Angeles Times first reported on the online backlash to Nate Silver’s recent election projections by gender. Silver’s FiveThirtyEight website published an article Tuesday that found that if only men’s votes counted in the 2016 election, Trump would easily defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, with 350 electoral votes to her 188.

 

 

As Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic noted, the Trump campaign was eager to share the “male voters only” projection with supporters. Trump’s son Eric Trump shared Silver’s projection in a fundraising email Wednesday morning.

“But the mainstream media are doing everything they can to prop up Crooked Hillary and downplay the incredible Donald Trump surge happening across the nation,” the email read. “We need your help to continue funding our aggressive ad blitzes and our campaign’s get-out-the-vote operation. We’re making huge gains against Crooked HIllary that you can see for yourself.

 

 

 

 

This is why we need to repeal and not replace the 19th amendment.#RepealThe19th https://t.co/bV4WnbgQ2H — David McCall (@WoodrowMelkin)October 12, 2016

 

 

Sophia Tesfaye is the Deputy Politics Editor at Salon.

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