Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has taken a few hits recently when it comes to diversity outreach, but the candidate has a supporter in CNN’s Michaela Pereira, who came to her defense after a Donald Trump supporter claimed she was using her gender to get ahead in the polls.
Talks of sexism between both parties began last week, when Clinton said her gender has been the main topic during her campaign – instead of her policies. She also spoke about Trump and claimed the Republican candidate “demonstrated a penchant for sexism” during his candidacy.
Trump spoke with FOX News about Clinton’s comments on Sunday, citing that her husband Bill Clinton and his past scandals were “fair game.” He also tried to use Clinton’s own words against her in a firestorm of tweets.
Trump’s actions were discussed Monday morning on CNN’s “New Day” among Pereira, Don Lemon, Trump supporter Jeffrey Lord, and former political aide to Bill Clinton, Richard Socarides, Raw Story reports.
Lord agreed that it was OK to mention Clinton’s husband and allegations that Hillary herself has bullied women. He also mentioned that Clinton has played the “women’s card” in her race to the White House.
But Pereira shut Lord down.
Raw Story reports:
“Trump also accused Clinton of using the so-called women’s card,” Pereira noted. “I wasn’t issued one of those apparently. Why is mentioning the possibility of sexism on the campaign trail tantamount to Clinton calling the gender card?”
“She is going to play this card,” Lord replied. “It’s an obvious card to play, let’s be candid.”
“Is it?” Pereira shot back. “Is it a card? She is a woman, it’s not really a card.”
“Right, she is a woman,” Lord stuttered. “I mean, she is the woman going around saying isn’t it time for a woman president.”
Before things took a turn for the painfully awkward, Pereira ended the discussion. Her defense led to mixed reactions from viewers.
Clinton’s personal life isn’t the only thing critics are coming after. Her attempts to form bridges between Latino and Black voters have fallen flat. Last week, she was slammed on Twitter with the hashtag #notmyabuela after her campaign site made a gif-filled post about similarities between the candidate and older Hispanic women.
Meanwhile, Black Twitter had a little fun with Clinton by creating new logos after her campaign released one especially for African-Americans who celebrated Kwanzaa.
On the upside, a new Gallup poll published by The Hill named Clinton the most admired woman in America for 20 years in a row. The poll revealed that 13 percent of Americans said they admired the former First Lady more than any other woman “living anywhere in the world.”
President Barack Obama took the title of the most admired man for the eighth year in a row.
Trump tied with Pope Francis for second place.