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Campaign Catch-Up #5: Stories You Might Have Missed This Week

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Updates from the Campaign Trail

+ The Democratic primary, though winding down, is still raging on. Bernie Sanders, who spent the last two weeks cycling through strategies for moving forward, seems to have decided to continue on as planned despite a massive delegate lead for Hillary – even after a win in Indiana for him this week. His campaign has continued attacking Hillary, though they promised a return to an issue-oriented contest in the last ten voting states; he’s also continued fundraising off of the premise that he’ll be the ultimate nominee, despite having previously stated he was only staying in to amass delegates and push the party to make platform changes at the convention.

Hillary, however, has set a clear path forward: She’s in general election mode. She’s regained a strong lead over Sanders in national polls and maintains a double-digit lead over Trump in national polls as well. Her campaign is now working double-duty, laying primary groundwork in states yet to vote while also beginning efforts to stop Donald Trump in his tracks.

+ Hillary’s campaign is attempting to capitalize on anti-Trump sentiment from the right, which is widespread, by courting discontented Republican voters and utilizing his own party’s attacks on him in her latest campaign ad. It’s all part of their five-step plan to defeat him in November.

+ Trump, who is now the only GOP player left in the party’s primary, has also been unrelenting in his sexist attacks on Hillary as he has pivoted as well toward a general election strategy. Elizabeth Warren this week joined in a chorus of women pushing back against his rhetoric this week, saying that “Donald Trump clearly feels threatened by Secretary Clinton’s qualifications to be president so he’s attacking Hillary Clinton for being a woman.” She added, “That’s what weak men do. It is an old story, and I don’t think the American voters will fall for it.” We’re crossing our fingers that everyone else knows she’s right.

+ There is one upside to Trump’s sexist drivel: It’s driving money and support toward the Clinton campaign. Hillary raised $2.4M alone on his “woman card” comments.

+ Hillary kept traveling this week to build support around the country: She slammed Indiana’s abortion restrictions Sunday in Indianapolis and fought hard to inspire hope in Appalachia on a two-day tour of the region Monday and Tuesday. “I will fight for you and your families every day,” she promised voters in Athens, “whether you vote for me or not. I will be your partner, and I will not for one moment give up.” In Los Angeles on Tuesday, the Hillary For America campaign HQ opened with a small rally featuring speakers like Dolores Huerta and Hilda Solis.

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+ Hillary officially added a section on protecting animals and wildlife to her platform this week.

Another Feminist for Hillary

+ Jill Filipovic on why the woman card and the race card are part of a winning hand – and should be part of the Democratic party.

Issues should override identity, but we can’t pretend that representative leadership doesn’t matter. Black women, Ms. Edwards said last week, have long been “standing on the outside propping up the Democratic Party.” Whether they’re invited to the leadership table, she said, “is the 21st century question.” The problem is that the very preconceptions we could fight by putting women and minorities in power are the same ones keeping them out of it.

We can’t change longstanding assumptions about what a leader looks like unless we change what leaders look like. That means a party dedicated to diversity must champion politicians who aren’t white men — even if there’s a white man who is equally qualified, or the obvious choice.

+ Travis Ballie is a first-generation American, a queer person of color, a reproductive rights activist, and a Hillary Clinton supporter.

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+ Thrity Umrigar on supporting Hillary and what it taught her about sexism on the left:

Killary. Shrillary. She who yells too much. And a million other slurs that I see daily on Facebook but which are unprintable in this family publication.

When the Republicans did it, it was easier to take. But these young, white men! They called themselves Progressives! Which meant we were on the same team. But who refused to see their own bias, their own privilege, even when countless women pointed it out to them. Who, instead, turned on us and said we were “only” voting for her because she was a woman. As if Hillary Clinton had no past, no history, no accomplishments before they woke up to the 2016 caricatures of her.

Let me make one thing clear. I am not at all suggesting that some of their critiques against Clinton were not accurate or that they are wrong to be idealistic and youthful. After all, I was… as recently as 2008 when I joyously voted for Barack Obama.

But because they felt the need to attack me every single time I posted anything remotely favorable to my candidate of choice, because I have spoken to countless women who have stopped posting on Facebook and Twitter because they are afraid the Bros will pounce, because some of them have turned out to be as misogynist and careless in their attacks and speech as The Donald himself, they have been part of my growing education.

+ Hillary may not have won Indiana, but we’re pretty sure she would have won Leslie Knope’s endorsement.

+ Emily Hauser on why Hillary’s commitment to gender parity in her cabinet matters, and the urgency of political parity for women:

I would argue that the entire country — men, women, and children; black, brown, and white; straight, gay, and other — would benefit if we were to allow ourselves the wisdom, creativity, and experience of a genuine cross-section of our citizenry. You get a better country! You get a better country!Everybody gets a better country!

But honestly, much as I like sounding like Oprah with the cars, that’s not even my point. My point is that women — some of whom are black; Latina; gay; handicapped; Sikh; Muslim; and every other systematically underrepresented group in this country — have the right to be fully represented in America’s democracy. We are 50 percent of the country. We deserve to have a voice commensurate with our numbers.

And anyway, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did exactly what Clinton is proposing when he took office. When asked why, he shrugged and said: “Because it’s 2015.”

Come on, America, let’s get on it. We’re already a year behind Canada. And I, for one, am sick of waiting.

+ 5 millennial Hillary supporters (one is me!) talk to the Advocate live from yesterday’s East LA rally about why they support Hillary and their queer, feminist perspectives on the election:

+ Connie Shultz on the sexism of 2008 and the sexism of 2016:

Only now, as I daily behold the latest round of anti-Clinton misogyny from — ta da! — mostly young white male lefties, do I realize how much that 2008 campaign season changed me. Like many of my female friends, I no longer gasp or wonder how these boys could be so mean. This time around, I mentally flick them away like gnats. Age has few glory-be benefits, but this immunity to such adolescent hate is definitely one of them. What grown man — what real man — thinks like this? We haven’t the time, my friends.

I am reminded of an exchange I had 14 years ago with my editor, Stuart Warner, soon after I first became a newspaper columnist. I was dumbstruck by the sudden, relentless flood of hate mail from a certain percentage of white, male readers.

“What am I doing to incite this?” I asked.

“Nothing you can change,” he said.

His words emboldened me, and for that I will always be grateful. If they hate you only because you’re a woman, you’ve already won.

Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person running in this election, and she will be the first female president of the United States. I am certain of this, as I am certain that we will never stop hearing from that small percentage on the left who want to cast her as something less than human. It is impossible for a woman to reach her level of success and be anyone’s saint. So be it.

Jennifer Lopez’s new music video samples some of Hillary Clinton’s historic Beijing speech on women’s rights.

When She Wins, We Win

+ Hillary spoke to the LA Times this week about how her gender – and her feminism – impact her political leadership style, and would shape her presidency.

One of the reasons why I’m such an advocate for women’s rights here at home and around the world is obviously I’m a woman. I have experience, or have certainly had first-hand connection, with people who have been left out, left behind, discriminated against, and it’s part of what motivates me.

I grew up in a period where there were schools I couldn’t go to, scholarships I couldn’t apply for, jobs I wasn’t welcome at. And so I have a lived experience as a woman coming of age in our country after World War II, who both saw what was limiting about that status, but also saw and participated in a lot of the changes that have made a very big difference, and I still think there’s still work to be done.

I know what it’s like to be at home with a sick baby and a babysitter who calls in sick as well, and I’m supposed to be at court at 9 o’clock in the morning and I’m just frantically trying to scramble around to get some sort of help. So I know these kinds of issues from the inside out, and I think bringing those kind of experiences to the White House, bringing it the world stage will be a big net plus for our country.

+ Hillary’s winning with women. And they’re gonna decide the 2016 election.

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+ Perry Bacon Jr. on why Hillary’s commitment for gender parity in her cabinet is “an enormous deal” – and one that’s in line with Hillary’s history as a leader and team-builder.

+ 5 times Hillary Clinton fought for LGBT rights, from the Senate to the State Department to the campaign trail.

+ Hillary’s “stay or pay” plan is populist at the core.

+ Hillary is the only candidate from any party attending a forum hosted by the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Leadership Network.

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+ The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce has endorsed Hillary: 

“Secretary Clinton has stood with the USHCC and the Hispanic community at-large for decades,” USHCC president and CEO Javier Palomarez said in a statement. “For more than 40 years, Secretary Clinton has fought to ensure that those who are willing to work hard in America have the opportunity to get ahead and stay ahead.”

+ Black women are rallying for Hillary. The Wall Street Journal breaks down why.

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The Rest

+ There aren’t enough white guys in America to elect Donald Trump.

+ Donald Trump said women don’t like Hillary. The Truth-O-Meter says otherwise.

Trump said, “Frankly, (Hillary Clinton) doesn’t do very well with women.”

The evidence he used to support this claim during the CNN interview — his large margins among women in recent GOP primaries — is undeniable, but says nothing about how well Clinton does among women. In fact, looking at a cross-section of April polls, Clinton’s average lead over Trump among female voters is bigger than any nominee has registered in an actual presidential election election in at least 36 years. We rate Trump’s statement Pants on Fire.

+ Party loyalty typically trumps gender in elections. Not this time.

These photos are proof the “enthusiasm gap” is a media myth.

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Esquire on Hillary’s destiny to defeat Donald Trump – and bury the vast right-wing conspiracy against her once and for all.

She sounded a little crazy. She sounded guilty of, at the very least, bad faith. Except that what she was saying turned out to be true—there really was an obscurely wealthy man, Richard Mellon Scaife, bankrolling the attacks against her and her husband; there really was a right-wing media spawned by structural changes overtaking the news business, and it had found, in the Clintons, the template for every story that was to follow. Her only error was a matter of language. She used the word vast to describe what she faced. It wasn’t vast, yet—

It is now. Nearly 30 years later, Richard Mellon Scaife has evolved into the Koch brothers, the then-fledgling right-wing media now claims the biggest and most powerful cable-news network among its ranks, and the money unleashed by the Citizens United decision has conjured a ring of super PACs organized specifically against her candidacy. The vast right-wing conspiracy is still here, and yet—and here’s the thing—so is she. The vast right-wing conspiracy has outlasted everybody but her.

+ How do we explain to little girls – who see so much of themselves in Hillary’s campaign – that the media’s treating her so unfairly?

+ A primer on “the woman card” and how it’s impacted the 2016 election. And a primer on the latest sexist social media attack on Hillary: the hashtag calling for her to drop out, despite a massive lead in both delegates and the popular vote.

+ If Donald Trump were a woman, and Hillary were a man:

Hillaire Rodham, or Hill, as his friends called him, grew up in Ohio, did well in law school, professional life, toed the line as a senator and secretary of state. People supporting Bernadette Sanders, the elderly but charmingly fiery rival candidate, did make hay of the fact that Rodham had campaigned for Barry Goldwater when he was 16, but the mainstream media hurried to remind everyone that Rodham had then gone to college, had a political awakening, campaigned for the progressive candidates in 1968 and 1972, registered Latino voters in Texas with his then-girlfriend, the scandalous Southern belle Wilhelmina Clinton (whom Rodham divorced in 1983), and then helped purge the nation of Richard Nixon during his uneventful but respected service on the Watergate Committee. Neither the very early right-wing nor later left-wing campaigning apparently defined Rodham, a solidly status-quo candidate and a widely admired policy expert. He had much to be forgiven for by 2016, but unto those who are distinguished men, much is forgiven. Republicans felt very comfortable with this centrist candidate, despite his early civil-rights work and support for reproductive rights. On the rare occasions when people talked about his appearance, he was compared to Robert Redford, another weathered blonde with a confident demeanor and piercing blue eyes. This was thought to help him with the women’s vote.

When did the Grumpy Fairy hand Donaldina Trump the woman card? Say it came at birth, since fairies have retroactive cursing powers. Donaldina was never more than a dutiful redheaded daughter who got a dowry, a clutch of trophy husbands, expensive divorces, credit cards from all the major department stores, and some coverage in the society pages. She was not set up in business by her father and seized no real-estate business deals—since there were none for feckless young women to step into in the 1960s. She engaged in no branding of herself as some sort of Genghis Khan of commercial opportunity—since female Genghis Khans are not much admired. She was instead institutionalized and medicated for constant angry outbursts and megalomania. Narcissistic personality disorder with delusions of grandeur and poor self-control, her chart read.

Closing Note

Carmen Rios

Carmen is a writer, revolutionary, and social media guru living the dream in Los Angeles. She coordinates blog content for the She Wins campaign and is also the Digital Editor at Ms., Co-Founder and Managing Editor at Argot Magazine, Feminism Editor and Community Director at Autostraddle, and a Contributor at Everyday Feminism.