WASHINGTON, Aug. 10, 2015 – During the presidential election of 2012, we were told there was a war on women. Truth, said Thomas Jefferson, is “self-evident,” but Americans needed the Democratic Party to produce a silly political ad informing them of the hostilities. And the experts who sifted through exit polls told us politicians that fail to woo female voters are destined to be cast into the lake of fire.
Much has been made of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s unapologetic dismissal of Fox News’ debate moderator Megyn Kelly’s pointed questioning of Trump’s misogynistic war of words on women with whom he disagrees or holds in contempt.
“There was blood coming out of her eyes,” Trump told CNN of Kelly, who was obviously offended by the flippant response by the Republican candidate for president.
- “Donald Trump remains defiant on news programs amid G.O.P. backlash,” said the New York Times.
- “Donald Trump offers no apology over ‘blood’ comments,” mimicked the headline at ABC News.
- “Donald Trump on Megyn Kelly: ‘What I said was appropriate,” announced NBC News.
It’s clear the mainstream media believe Trump’s moment on the political stage is, at long last, over; that Americans can finally stop talking about illegal immigration, getting our economic house in order and, instead, hang on every hackneyed trope uttered by that tired, corrupt hack from New York, by way of Arkansas, Hillary Clinton.
Reports of Trump’s political demise are, I believe, premature. Trump, you see, possesses a Dark Triad personality, a trait that has haunted Hillary Clinton’s every waking hour since she married her husband Bill.
Dark Triad men have 1) narcissistic tendencies – a preoccupation with self; 2) Machiavellianism – deceitful and able to manipulate others, having a lack of respect for others; 3) psychopathy – displays of shallow emotional responses, impulsive, possessing a high-stress tolerance.
Can you say Bill Clinton?
Back in 2012, the New York Times proclaimed, “Bill Clinton is more popular than ever, poll finds,” saying the New York Times/CBS News poll found there “is no gender gap in Mr. Clinton’s popularity; he’s popular among two-thirds of men and women.”
Contrary to what today’s media say about Trump’s alienation of female voters, Bill Clinton’s displays of Dark Triad behavior and his deceptions to cover it up, for which he was impeached and faced a U.S. Senate trial, continue to maintain his desirability among a majority of the nation’s females.
In her 1998 New Yorker article, “Clinton and Women,” Marjorie Williams wrote, “So it seems appropriate to say here that I am a feminist and a registered Democrat. Many of the feminist activists in Washington are women I’ve known for years as sources; I feel an open sympathy for much of the work they do. Yet I also feel something close to fury over their failure to call Clinton to account for his actions. My anger may be bred, in part, by my own past willingness to ‘put in perspective’ Clinton’s questionable behavior with women—enough, at least, to vote for him twice.”
Dr. Vinita Mehta, writing in Psychology Today, noted that a study by the University of Durham was “part of a growing body of research unveiling women’s dueling desires. On the one hand, they express wanting a relationship with a loving and committed partner for the long-term. Yet on the other hand, they demonstrate an attraction to men with darker personalities, typically for the short-term.”
And four short years as president certainly fits within that constrained time frame. So, feminist objections to the contrary, women are naturally attracted to the “bad boy.”
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