What do women want? What Trump wants

By Curtis Ellis

The conventional wisdom, which is neither conventional nor wise, tells us that Donald Trump cannot win in November.

The culprit (or savior, depending on which side you’re on) is always one demographic group or another.

First we were told he’d be stopped by immigration-loving Hispanic-Americans. Then it was Black Lives Matter African-Americans who would thwart him. Now we’re told it’s all about the Real Women of America – there’s just no way he can reach them.

But a survey conducted by Americans for Limited Government puts paid to that notion.

The survey shows women find the issues at the center of Donald Trump’s campaign – jobs, trade and immigration – more important than the “campus issues” of abortion and gay sex. In many cases women are even more concerned about economic issues than men are.

While 40 percent of women ranked “social issues like abortion and gay marriage” as an “important problem,” close to 70 percent (69.5) said “American jobs moving overseas” was important. And among white non-college female likely voters, the spread widened to nearly 40 points – 83 percent said offshoring jobs was important versus 44 percent saying abortion.

Sixty-five percent of blue-collar likely voting women, and 62.5 percent of all women, ranked “stagnation of lower-to-middle-income wages” as an important problem.

Immigration and border security are also women’s issues. Fifty-eight percent of women – and 65 percent of the blue-collar women likely to vote – declared “increasing border security and controlling immigration” is important.

Like men, women see immigration as an economic issue. Three out of four of the white blue-collar women (75 percent) said, “Our immigration policies are being written by the same corporate elite that want cheap labor anywhere they can find it. They send our jobs and factories overseas and at the same time want to bring in lower-paid immigrant labor.” That number is virtually the same among blue-collar men.

Time and again, economic issues trumped the feminist and gay agenda items championed by progressive demagogues.

It shouldn’t be surprising that women can be concerned about more than their reproductive organs, contrary to what the fundamentalist feminists and their cheerleaders in the corporatist media want us to believe. (The idea that women are fixated exclusively on their ovaries bears a striking – and insulting – resemblance to the hoary stereotype of women as creatures ruled by hormones rather than reason. But that’s another story …)

Women are, among other things, mothers and wives. As mothers, they know the joy that comes from family. They hope their children will be able to experience that joy for themselves, and that means having a job capable of supporting a family. The survey found women were more pessimistic than men (51 percent vs. 48 percent) that the next generation will be better off than this one.

Women are often the keeper of the family budget and know precisely how a shrunken paycheck means foregoing new shoes for the children. To this point, women were more likely than men (75.5 percent vs. 73 percent) to say it doesn’t matter that free trade means cheaper imports if I don’t have a good paying job.

As wives, they know how devastating it is for a husband who can no longer provide for the family because his job was taken away. Progressives may consider “breadwinner” to be a patriarchal stereotype, but in reality as opposed to a gender studies seminar, it is wired into the male psyche just as motherhood is an aspect of the female.

And outside the home, women have been especially harmed by Washington’s failed trade policies.

Women held the majority of line jobs in the light manufacturing, assembly and garment industries. These have all but disappeared in America thanks to so-called free trade.

Every factory and machine shop that’s gone offshore had a front office where women had good jobs keeping the books, scheduling deliveries and managing day-to-day operations even as men worked on the shop floor.

There’s the waitress, always a single mom in the story told by candidates eager to show how they relate to “real people.” When the factory down the street closes, the crowd for lunch or happy hour disappears – and so do her tips and job.

Maybe this woman works as a shop girl instead of a waitress. The Americans who are replaced by Mexicans or Chinese were also her customers. They aren’t anymore.

Or maybe she’s a schoolteacher. When businesses close and their workers are unemployed, the tax revenues used to pay her salary dry up. Families move out. Schools close.

And don’t forget how we’re told women doing the same job earn less than men – that reliable “women’s issue.” Well, when wages for men fall thanks to offshoring and immigration, women’s wages fall even lower.

Trump’s economic nationalism message – American Jobs Matter – threatens no particular group. But it appeals to all, and in that way it threatens that trademark of the left, exemplified most recently by Black Lives Matter, identity politics.

Whether you’re black, white, brown, yellow or red, male, female, gay or straight, younger or older, blue collar, white collar or no collar, well educated or poorly educated, you need to earn a living.

A decent day’s wage for a decent day’s work was always the promise that Made America Great.

Trump’s campaign to put American Jobs First would be an antidote to the politics of identity that have poisoned and divided our country for decades.

That in itself would help Make America Great Again.

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