November 02, 2018

This week on To The Contrary with Bonnie Erbe, our panelists discuss women voters and candidates in the upcoming midterm elections, and recent polls which show a lot of people think the #MeToo movement has “gone too far.”

On the panel this week joining host Bonnie Erbe is: Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC); Rina Shah, Republican Strategist; Debra Carnahan, Former Judge and Federal Prosecutor; Ann Stone, Co-Founder, Women For Trump.

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Midterm Elections & Women

How women’s outrage will affect the elections

  • Rina Shah: “Hillary was not for every woman. There were so many women in this country, myself included, who felt she was out of touch with what the average American woman’s plight is. It was about the candidate. Women wanted change, they were willing to take a risk on Trump.”

  • Del. Holmes Norton:”Oh please - you know however you thought about Hillary...Trump showed his true colors, way before he got into office. It should have been clear, what clear of a jerk he was, when it came to women, how he treated women.”

  • Debra Carnahan: “I think you are going to see women who didn’t come out and vote before for Hillary are going to come out and vote against Trump”  

  • Ann Stone: “Women generally have tended in past elections to vote for candidates that can give them security, both economic and national security, and they still see that with [Trump]. But there are enough who feel like [Del. Norton] does, it’s volatile, we’ll see.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “What about the Oprah effect? She got Obama elected as far as I’m concerned. Is she still a powerhouse? She did, she came out early, the first time. She came out early...  

Future of #MeToo

Polls show a partisan gap in attitudes towards the #MeToo movement.

  • Del. Holmes Norton: “Sexual harassment does not occur with witnesses around. So it makes it perhaps the most difficult offense to prove, and it’ll always be that way. That’s why we have to be willing to accept women without they say, and not doubt them, and to use circumstantial evidence.”

  • Rina Shah: “The younger Republicans who were actually excited where the party was going at some point, I have been a part of those movements, when we saw Trump turn up... we know he’s corrupt. He’s pulling the wool over our eyes in a way that’s never been done before. He’s offending our sensibilities. We don’t want someone like him in office. We want somebody better, that’s actually going to try to be patriotic”

  • Debra Carnahan: “The #MeToo movement has really energized women. I see this every day when I’m out there. They are fired up, they are going to the polls. They are running the phonebanks.”

  • Ann Stone: “In this country today, you still have people who believe women who are subjected to domestic abuse, and have the scars to prove it, are somehow to blame for their own abuse. There is still a mindset change that has to be undergone in this country.”

  • Bonnie Erbe: “When Obama ran, especially the second time, we saw all these reports that all these millennials were fired up. And they didn’t turn out. What makes it different this time?”

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