The Donald Trump presidential campaign is in trouble. He’s behind in the polls, by as much as double digits, and many of his donors are asking for their money back. It’s crisis time, so naturally, they are asking for more money. Trump’s middle son Eric signed his name to the latest fundraising campaign, and it includes a map showing Trump winning by a landslide with this message:
“As one of the most dedicated grassroots leaders in the country you know, momentum matters,” the email, sent on behalf of the Trump campaign, reads. “And right now all the momentum is on our side.”
“We’re making huge gains against Crooked Hillary that you can see for yourself.”
There’s just one problem.
The map comes from FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver. Nate rarely screws up, so why does this map show Trump winning nearly every state?
Because that map is a part of a little experiment. It doesn’t show momentum, as the Trump campaign is trying to tell us. It is a map of how the election would look if only men voted. While that might be a dream of the Trump camp, more than half the electorate are women. Here’s that map if only women voted:
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) October 11, 2016
— 538 politics (@538politics) October 12, 2016
This is the actual electoral map, which gives Trump just a 13.8 percent chance of winning, and voting has already started in some states.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) October 12, 2016
Twitter, naturally, was brutal.
— LifeStories (@LifeStories91) October 12, 2016
— Amir Beshay (@Amir_G_Beshay) October 12, 2016
— Bob Segall (@BobSegallWTHR) October 12, 2016
Eric Trump tweeted his electoral map to TRY to illustrate the power of men, when all it did was illustrate the power of women.
— Anson Ling (@ns0n) October 12, 2016
— Celestia (@ginjasnappy) October 12, 2016
— thereseodell (@thereseodell) October 12, 2016
— Heather Reid (@hkreid) October 12, 2016
Perhaps pre-suffrage is the America Trump wants to take us back to, but at a time when the campaign is under fire for the way the GOP candidate treats women, this email was either really stupid or the campaign has no desire to get the women’s vote, and no desire to win.
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