- Title: White women helped push Trump to victory, despite campaign missteps
- Date: 16th November 2016
- Summary: CULPEPER, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES (NOVEMBER 15, 2016) (REUTERS) WIDE SHOT CLUB MEMBERS TALKING AT CAFE TIGHT SHOT COFFEE CUP (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEWELL DUVALL, TRUMP SUPPORTER, SAYING: "The 'Access Hollywood' tape, while I didn't like hearing it, I wish he hadn't said it, I don't think it's unusual, particularly in the older generation. But I thought that those comments were less harmful and damaging -- his sins -- were less damaging than Hillary's crimes. Her crimes were huge, and she gets away with everything. Although she didn't get away with winning this election (laughs)." PAN OF CLUB MEMBERS TALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) JANET MCDONNELL, TRUMP SUPPORTER, SAYING: "I think a lot of women are over this glass ceiling thing. If they're strong enough in their own person, they don't need to put their trust in a woman because she's a woman. Put your trust in the person you think best suits your values." VARIOUS OF CLUB MEMBERS TALKING (SOUNDBITE) (English) SUSAN BATES, TRUMP SUPPORTER, SAYING: "When he would say things and I would think, 'why did he say it that way?' I realized that he -- a lot of it was thinking out loud, a lot of it was he's not used to speaking so that he doesn't offend anybody. A lot of it I felt like the press was trying to take a few statements and not trying to understand where he was coming from. Just, they wanted Hillary to win so bad they wanted to attack him." (SOUNDBITE) (English) NANCY RICE, TRUMP SUPPORTER, SAYING: "His support for business, his obvious disgust with over-regulation and the tremendous cost, almost invisible cost to consumers that that entails, he knows that backwards and forwards. So, I'm very confident that, that good things will happen on his watch." VARIOUS OF CLUB MEMBERS TALKING / LISTENING EXTERIOR OF CAFE ROW AMERICAN FLAGS HANGING DOWNTOWN PEDESTRIANS WALKING NEAR GENERAL STORE "SAVOR CULPEPER" SIGN TIGHT SHOT "MAIN STREET" SIGN AND AMERICAN FLAG WIDE SHOT TRAFFIC
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- Keywords: Donald Trump women feminism sexism conservative Republicans Access Hollywood Hillary Clinton
- Location: NEW YORK, NEW YORK / CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA / CULPEPER, VIRGINIA / BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- City: NEW YORK, NEW YORK / CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA / CULPEPER, VIRGINIA / BURBANK, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
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- Story Text: When Republican Donald Trump rose to victory last week in the U.S. presidential election, it was due in part to the estimated 53 percent of white women who voted for him over Democrat Hillary Clinton, according to exit polls.
Despite the historic nature of her bid as the first female nominee of a major party, women tended not to vote along gender lines and instead according to the issues they cared about.
For a Republican women's group in Culpeper, Virginia, those included: nominating conservative Supreme Court justices, fighting terrorism, cracking down on illegal immigration, and improving the economy.
"[Trump's] support for business, his obvious disgust with over-regulation and the tremendous cost -- almost invisible cost to consumers that that entails -- he knows that backwards and forwards," said Nancy Rice, a member of the Founding Fathers Republican Women club. "I'm very confident that good things will happen on his watch."
In addition, a slew of Trump campaign missteps -- from the leaking of a video showing the candidate making vulgar remarks about women to multiple allegations against him of sexual assault -- did not dent many women's support, as some political analysts had predicted.
"There's certainly some language that none of us would support, but I think that he has been mislabeled," said Barbara Kile, president of the club. "I do not think he's a sexist, looking at what he's done in his businesses with women and the way he's developed them."
"His sins were less damaging than Hillary's crimes. Her crimes were huge, and she gets away with everything, although she didn't get away with winning this election," added Jewell Duvall with a laugh.
Janet McDonnell, a retired school teacher, agreed.
"I think a lot of women are over this glass ceiling thing. If they're strong enough in their own person, they don't need to put their trust in a woman because she's a woman."
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