Hillary Clinton is not only embracing the accusation that she is “playing the woman card,” she wants all of her women supporters to play the game with her.
Clinton’s women’s outreach director Mini Timmaraju emailed supporters on Thursday advertising a limited time opportunity to receive their own literal “woman card,” in exchange for a campaign donation.
“We’ve been hearing from supporters all over the country that they’d like a ‘woman card’ of their very own — to display proudly on a fridge or pull out of their wallet every time they run into someone who says women who support Hillary must not be using our brains,” the email read.
For anyone who missed it, earlier this week, Trump said the only thing Clinton has going for her in this election is her gender.
“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote,” he said. “The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.”
Since this comment, plenty of female writers and social media users have joked that their “woman card” gives them access to lower wages, fewer job opportunities, and increased chance of harassment and sexual assault.
Clinton has also taken hold of this idea to turn the political tide in her favor.
“If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the ‘woman card,’ then deal me in,” she responded.
Of course, Trump was not attacking Clinton’s positions on any of the above issues, rather he was pointing out that many people who support her do so solely because they would like to see a female President of the United States.
“Hillary Clinton and her supporters have employed this line far too often suggesting that women somehow owe her their support just because she’s a woman,” said Carrie Lukas of the Independent Women’s Forum. “That’s ridiculous and, frankly, sexist. Donald Trump is right to point out that people should evaluate candidates based on their vision and experience. That’s truly treating women and men equally. Voting for someone simply because she’s a woman is as wrongheaded as voting against someone for being a woman.”