Across the country and in California, women are by and large rejecting Trump. Yet Congresswoman Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) continues to emphasize her loyalty to him. Walters’ says her support of Trump should be reassuring to women, but that ignores the massive and growing number of women in opposition to Trump.
“Republican women who blast the president risk alienating a base they need for reelection,” writes Politico. “Failing to speak up, however, risks turning off independent-minded women who are skeptical of the president, a key voting bloc.”
Walters, thus far, falls squarely in the camp of “failing to speak up.” After Trump’s embarrassing press conference with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, Walters declined to speak out against Trump. In the aftermath, the Sacramento Bee declared, “California House Republicans are cowards.”
“If they won’t say a negative word about Trump after his pathetic performance Monday for fear that the president’s supporters will punish them at the polls, when will they ever?” the Bee editorial board asked. “That’s the definition of political cowardice.”
When asked by Politico how she deals with women who question her devout allegiance to Trump, Walters said she tries to “really connect with this group of women where the president is not as well liked.”
She explained, “We can be the face of the party to say, ‘Hey, these are policies that we’re implementing with our president, and we support him and … and we’re just like you.'”
However, supporting Trump does not make Walters like most women in the United States.
A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows a “staggering 43-point gender gap with 62 percent of women disapproving of Trump’s job and half of men approving of his performance.”
In suburban areas across the U.S., the numbers show Walters in deep, deep trouble. “Fifty-seven percent of suburban women also strongly disapprove of Trump, and Democrats have a 28-point edge in which party suburban women would vote for in November,” NPR reports.
In California, Walters is even more out of touch. In a July PPIC poll, Trump’s approval among women is just 23 percent, with more than 7 in 10 disapproving of his job performance.
While Walters stands in opposition to the desires of most women in embracing Trump, her Democratic opponent, Katie Porter, is not shy about speaking out against Trump. After Trump’s meeting with Putin, Porter said, “We need a Congress that will defend our national security and stand up to this corrupt President.”
The contrast between the two candidates’ attitudes toward Trump is as clear as could be.