Hi Clint —

I appreciate your taking the time to read the article and send your response to it. A couple of your remarks puzzle me, though. The women in the photo represent a nation-wide demographic, not specifically the South. I could have taken the photo from any rally Trump held anywhere. As reported in the 2016 election, 57% of white women voted for him, so that’s not a small number. I was exploring why so many women did that. (Apart from his politics, he is not an attractive-looking man with his orange hair and overall appearance, so I couldn’t fathom that aspect of his appeal — but that is my subjective response and nothing I wrote about.) As to southern women — I lived in the South for some years and frankly find more strong women there than I often do up here in the north. Ann Richards governed Texas just fine. The new governor of Mississippi doesn’t hold back ever, is as independent as they come. And Maya Angelou was a southern woman, and so is Oprah. My article had nothing to do with the specific demographics of the women and everything to do with why any of them voted for Trump and attended his rallies, when to my mind he does not serve the interests of women ever, since he demeans them verbally (like in that infamous tape), or, as in my article, he mocks a woman who has been through a great trial and tribulation like Blasey was. That is what my article was about — why white women voted for him at all when they knew how he viewed women in general, given it had all been widely reported. I offered some ideas — none of them written in stone, but for sure, I will always object to anyone’s effort to diminish women by mocking them or insulting them or viewing them as objects for fun. You don’t have to be a feminist to take that on.

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