In the space of 24 hours yesterday, I read an article about how many Republican women are voting for Clinton — but are doing so secretly for fear of alienating their families — and an article about how Trump’s candidacy has caused friction between white and black football players in the NFL.
From Politico on the male/female split among Republicans:
Carol, a 32-year-old graduate of Tulane University and the University of Houston law school, is keeping her decision to vote for Clinton a secret from her husband and her family. As with several of the women I spoke to, the Texas attorney’s concerns weren’t merely for herself, but for the impact a Trump presidency could have on other women. “When you see the leader of your country, his job is to be that leader, and characterizing women in derogatory ways—somebody says something he doesn’t like and she’s a bitch or she’s fat or ugly,” Carol says. “We’re creating an environment where it’s acceptable to characterize women like that. I think it’s scary, and it would really take us quite a few paces back.”
And it’s not just Trump’s attitude toward women that worries Carol. The businessman’s candidacy represents a decline in the standard for politicians in America that she finds incomprehensible. “It’s absolutely a mindfuck that this is even a possibility and that a halfway educated person—not just American, but person—in their right mind can look at this train wreck and think that this is even an acceptable option,” Carol says of Trump. “I can’t even wrap my brain around it.”
Recalled another black player: “I was talking Trump and Hillary with a white teammate, and the conversation was fine. Things got a little heated when he said, ‘Trump isn’t racist.’ I don’t know how anyone doesn’t see how that’s just not true. We talked about that statement for two days.
“We were taking a break during practice maybe four days or so after our last conversation about Trump,” the player continued. “He came up to me and said, ‘Here’s why Trump’s not racist and Hillary is.’ Then we argued for another day. It was sort of heated again.”
Trump is tearing us all apart.
Now it’s tearing Fox News apart.
Last night, during the Kelly File, Megyn Kelly mused:
“Donald Trump — with all due respect to my friend at 10 o’clock — will go on Hannity and pretty much only Hannity and will not venture out to the unsafe spaces these days which doesn’t exactly expand the tent for either one of them.”
(This was not so much an insult of Hannity as it was a criticism aimed at Trump, although a comment that Megyn Kelly made after the first debate might have been a veiled insult at Hannity’s expense: “We’ve got Trump speaking to our own Sean Hannity. We’ll see if he speaks to the journalists in this room after that interview.”)
Sean Hannity, who has basically gone all in on Trump to the point that, if Trump loses the election, Hannity — whose contract with Fox News runs through 2020 — will be something of a lame duck at the network, took a shot at Megyn Kelly on Twitter for the remark.
Kelly — who has managed to maintain her objectivity despite working for Fox News — did not take the bait. Others did.
@seanhannity Not cool, dude. Stand by your colleagues.— Paul Goldsmith (@PaulJGoldsmith) October 6, 2016
Sure. When they stand by me. https://t.co/UrFbBVfEMI— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 6, 2016
Where is Hillary? Trump is on ABC CBS NBC CNN and yes me too!! HRC hides and gets questions from nobody. https://t.co/iVoYkcdRhH— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) October 6, 2016
The is not just a spat between two of the three biggest voices on Fox News (along with Bill O’Reilly), it’s probably also a preview of the direction of the network post Roger Ailes. Will it be Megyn Kelly’s network — independent and objective — or will it continue to be a mouthpiece for the Republican party?
Kelly’s contract expires next year. We’ll find out then.