The Women Who’ve Made News at the RNC… So Far: #NowWhat

So far, the RNC is a mess.

ColumnSome people watch “The Real Housewives” for a reality television fix. I watch all the Republican National Convention (RNC) coverage…

I’ve been looking forward to and dreading this week since Donald Trump became the presumptive presidential nominee for the Republican party.

On one hand, I’m absolutely disgusted that so many Americans support a man who spouts racist, misogynist, cruel political stances that exclude the majority of “other” Americans. On the other hand, this coverage is just too good. Perhaps good isn’t the right word—deliciously stupid? Crazy entertaining? Stomach churning?

While we could discuss many things concerning the RNC—like how Eric and Donald Jr.’s presence and speeches made them appear American Psycho-esque—we’ve decided to look at the various women who have made the news by being at the convention so far. (As I write this, only one day has passed since the convention’s start.)

The bare naked ladies

Every protestor has a special tactic he or she uses to get a point across. This group of women chose to use their naked bodies.

In May, the group’s ringleader, Spencer Tunick, made a call for women to join up in Cleveland, Ohio during the RNC. The photographer wanted the women to disrobe and hold up mirrors that would “reflect the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of ‘Mother Nature’ into and onto the convention center, cityscape, and horizon of Cleveland.” The name of the project is “Everything She Says Means Everything.”

Tunick specifically wanted only women to show up for this installation because of the GOP’s sexist bent.

“I have two daughters—9 and 11—and I want them to grow up in a progressive world with equal rights and equal pay and better treatment for women, and I feel like the 100 women lighting up the sky of Cleveland will send this ray of knowledge onto the cityscape,” Tunick says. “I think it will enlighten not only the delegates but set the vibe of the weekend, set a tone.”

The Women Vote For Trump failure

On Monday, the RNC hosted an event called “Women Vote Trump.” But the event was missing one key component: women.

Only about 30 people showed up to the event, and many of those attendees were journalists and news interns. And it gets worse: the event’s attendance was so bad, the women who were part of the talk’s panel had to ask each other questions…

This event doesn’t bode well for Trump’s support numbers. Right now, only 38 percent of American women support Trump, the Washington Post reports. “The Trump campaign hopes to improve the candidate’s numbers with women this week by mellowing out his often heated rhetoric, spotlighting his family, especially daughter Ivanka, and focusing on security,” The Huffington Post adds.

Good luck, Trump. You’re going to need it.

Melania Trump’s “original” speech

On Monday night, Mrs. Trump gave a rousing speech that glorified her husband’s values. She also discussed how his candidacy would improve America, and America’s people. But unfortunately for her—and Trump’s campaign—some of Melania’s speech was directly lifted from Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention (DNC) speech.

You can imagine how people reacted to this snafu. Social media lit up and every late night, and early morning talk show was obsessed with what happened. And for good reason—plagiarism is terrible thing.

But all and all, I’ve got to admit that I kind of feel for Melania Trump. This type of “mistake” doesn’t bode well for the candidate or his campaign, which has received increased criticism over the past few months for its lack of coordination and professionalism. And even though the Trump campaign has since fired a “staffer” who claims she’s responsible for the lifted passages, the apology seems… off.

First off: Meredith McIver, who is supposedly a family friend and writer for the Trump organization, magically appeared and apologized more than 36 hours after Melania’s speech. Apparently, McIver wrote down passages from a Michelle Obama speech that Melania Trump admired. The passages were discussed during a phone call.

“I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs. Obama’s speeches,” McIver writes. “This was my mistake, and I feel terrible for the chaos I have caused Melania and the Trumps, as well as to Mrs. Obama. No harm was meant.”

Although the apology seems genuine, McIver’s existence and the Trump campaign’s response to all of this does not.

Over the past day, plenty of journalists, pundits, etc. have poured over McIver’s online accounts and they look fishy. Her professional trail is spoty—she’s spent most of her time working for Trump. This has caused many people to think that she may be just another one of Trump’s fake personas. And although everyone’s pretty sure she’s real now (as of Thursday morning), the fact that Trump has made up people in his camp in the past makes this accusation somewhat plausible.

Also, let’s not forget how hard the campaign blamed Hillary Clinton for the news coverage about the speech’s “issues.” And although the campaign has since backed off on that attack route, Trump’s staffers still appear pretty petty, and incredibly unprofessional.

What does this all mean for Trump’s campaign? Big, bad, trouble.

So, any way you slice it, the Trump campaign, try as it might, is still in big trouble with women. Hell, it can’t even seem to get the women on its side to improve the campaign.

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Abbie Stutzer

Writer, editor, and owner of Ginchy!, a freelance writing and editing company, and home funeral hub. Adores smart sex ed, sustainable ag, spooky history, women's health, feminism, horror, wine, and sci-fi.