March 18 2016
featuring Charlotte Hays
A leading non-profit for conservative women took a stand Friday against Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, suggesting the thrice-married billionaire is a propaganda machine for the Left's war on women.
In an op-ed for Townhall.com, Independent Women's Forum senior editor Charlotte Hays compares Trump to former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, who lost his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill after losing a great deal of support following his now-infamous gaffe about "legitimate rape."
"Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is Todd Akin on steroids," Hays writes in the piece titled, "Donald Trump breathes new life into the left's war on women."
"As far as I know, Donald Trump has never said that there is any such thing as a legitimate rape, but he has said disgusting things about women," she continues. "Some Trump loyalists applaud him for bucking political correctness, which is certainly a worthy attribute, but this goes far beyond that, and reveals a coarseness and objectification of women that is off putting to just about everyone."
Citing some of Trump's lecherous comments about women, including his own daughter Ivanka, and comments he's made about Rosie O'Donnell and businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Hays suggests Trump would be a ticking timebomb in a general election against Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic nominee.
Hays claims any comments Trump has previously made, or might make going forward, feed right into the Democratic narrative that "Republicans and conservatives are party to a 'War on Women.'"
"Many of us wrote an epitaph for the Left's phony 'war on women' rhetoric after Republicans fielded a strong group of candidates in the 2014 midterms and the Democrats' favorite slur got no traction," she writes. "[But] if Trump is the nominee the "war on women" will be back with a vengeance."
"And this time, there will be a degree of fairness in the charge," she adds.
Hays concludes with a warning to GOP leaders who've already expressed concerns about Trump's conservative credentials.
"Many Americans will just be tuning into the election this summer and this is what they will learn about the GOP candidate," she writes, assuming Trump succeeds in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. "Trump may be Teflon for his own supporters, but the GOP is certainly not, and may pay a high price for their association with such a man."