Just about nobody showed up to a breakout session of the Republican National Convention called “Women for Trump.”
With such a wide-sweeping name, certainly some attendees of the massive convention could find it in themselves to at least visit the session, right? Nope. The panelists ended up asking each other most of the questions to give the journalists attending the session something to do.
Two of these journalists snapped rather darkly depressing images of the nearly empty room.
Laurie Penny, contributing editor for Britain’s The New Statesman, posted one of the photos on Twitter, captioning it, “The people in this picture are journalists and one media intern.”
Under a bright light, a few people are visible sitting in chairs perhaps strategically chosen in the back of the room.
— Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) July 18, 2016
Oliver Laughland was another journalist in attendance at the event; he snapped an image of the desperately pathetic Question and Answer session. Laughland is a Senior Reporter for The Guardian US.
— Oliver Laughland (@oliverlaughland) July 18, 2016
However, sarcasm aside, the nearly empty room underscores a dark truth — a Trump candidacy is fundamentally — and even openly — a virulently sexist endeavor.
Since day one, Trump has targeted women in some of his most sickening remarks, like the time he mocked Fox News Host Megyn Kelly by saying she looked like “she had blood coming out of her wherever.” He has also shamed women, including comedienne Rosie O’Donnell, at numerous other points throughout his campaign.
Trump’s tough at best relationship with women was exposed some weeks ago by the New York Times. The newspaper uncovered many secrets about Trump’s treatment of women, ranging from sexual harassment allegations to sickeningly demeaning behaviors.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton now leads Trump by 8 percent among women, according to Rasmussen Reports’ latest data. Clinton’s support from women and minorities will likely be the deciding factor to put her in the White House come November.
These same groups are already responsible for Clinton’s securing of the Democratic nomination on June 6. This crowning was in sight all the way at the start of the primary season, when Clinton took mostly African American South Carolina in a landslide, setting the trend for the rest of the election cycle.