One reason I believe Donald Trump will lose massively to Hillary Clinton (if she is the Democrat nominee) is this report from Buzzfeed about how he wouldn't help take care of his own children, except to pay the bills. All Hillary has to do to win the "mom vote" is bring this up.
“Do you actually change diapers?” host Anthony Cumia asked Donald Trump on the Opie and Anthony show in November of 2005.
The then 59-year-old businessman, whose wife Melania was pregnant with his fifth child and her first, responded bluntly: “No, I don’t do that.”
“There’s a lot of women out there that demand that the husband act like the wife and you know there’s a lot of husbands that listen to that,” Trump added. “So you know, they go for it.”
It goes deeper than that. He did nothing to take care of the kids, except provide the money:
“I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds and she’ll take care of the kids. It’s not like I’m gonna be walking the kids down Central Park,” Trump said in the interview. He repeated the same sentiment to Stern two years laters, saying, “Melania is a wonderful mother. She takes care of the baby and I pay all of the costs.”
Trump’s five children — Ivanka, Eric, Donald, Tiffany, and Barron — have been a highly visible part of his presidential bid and have all publicly praised their father as a parent.
You gotta say nice things if you want to stay in the will.
But Trump himself has described himself as hands off, and, in the same 2005 interview with Howard Stern, expressed disdain for his ex-wife Marla Maples for suggesting he walk their daughter, Tiffany, down the street.
“Well, Marla used to say, ‘I can’t believe you’re not walking Tiffany down the street,’ you know in a carriage,” Trump said. “Right, I’m gonna be walking down Fifth Avenue with a baby in a carriage. It just didn’t work.”
In 2006, Trump said men who change diapers and care for the child are acting “like the wife,” saying he wouldn’t have kids with a woman who wanted him to do this. You can listen to that interview on the Opie & Anthony show here.
I don't care how any one person raises their children so long as they're not abusive. But what I do care about is winning the next Presidential election. And if Hillary Rodham Clinton is the Democrat nominee, a lot of women are going to hear these words and pull the lever for her and not for the guy who couldn't be bothered to change a diaper or take his children for a walk.
Mark my words. Or better yet, listen to FiveThirtyEight's take on the women vote in 2016.