Los Angeles (AFP) - Despite sex assault allegations hounding him, fat-shaming a former beauty queen and his controversial abortion stand, a large number of women voters helped put Donald Trump in the White House.
Though his rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, clinched 54 percent of the female vote, Trump was backed by 42 percent of women voters, which contributed to his stunning victory, according to CNN exit polls.
Some 53 percent of white women voters supported the Republican candidate, CNN said, the majority of them (62 percent) non-college educated.
The results upended predictions that sexist and degrading comments Trump made against women would sway female voters -- who accounted for about 52 percent of the electorate Tuesday -- in favor of a candidate that could have broken the glass ceiling.Obviously, large numbers of women either thought his vulgarity was less important than more substantial issues, or they were not taken in by the female equivalent of, "Imagine a President our color." And:
Juliet Williams, professor of gender studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, said Trump's shocking win could be attributed to a disconnect -- both among Republicans and Democrats -- when it came to women's voting.
"A narrative about this election took hold very early on and that narrative was that Trump was mobilizing the angry white man vote, with angry white men (such as) coal miners in West Virginia or unemployed auto workers in Michigan," Williams said.
"Frankly, all of us on the right and the left really should have wondered what the angry white vote means," she added.
"What we learned yesterday is that angry white women have political power too ... and if you allow yourself to forget about women, you are going to lose. This is what happened to Hillary."Angry white vote. No mention of Cuban-Americans turning out in huge numbers for Trump in Florida? It's not about race. It's about being screwed over by the millionaires and billionaires that own the Democratic Party.