By Lesley Clark
McClatchy Washington Bureau
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Donald Trump’s effort to attract women to his campaign faced a major stumbling block this week when Hillary Clinton brought former Miss Universe Alicia Machado into the conversation. This article takes a look at how some female voters who support Trump are interpreting the latest insults.
Jane Shriver doesn’t get all the fuss over Donald Trump’s derogatory remarks about women.
“You know what? He’s not a politician,” said Shriver, 78, standing in a steady drizzle outside a recycling plant here to get a glimpse of Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence. “He speaks from his heart and he’s honest and truthful. Is that so bad?”
Trump’s latest crisis, a seeming inability to stop insulting a former Miss Universe for gaining weight, could cost him points among college-educated suburban women, a crucial voting bloc that remains deeply skeptical of him.
But interviews with more than a dozen women here who support the Republican presidential nominee suggest his base is unmoved by Trump’s history of disparaging women.
Shriver blames the media, saying they’re hyping a “nothing issue” in an attempt to take the focus off what she said is Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s malfeasance.
“We’ll talk about what Donald Trump might have said 20 years ago, but we don’t want to talk about how Hillary lies, how she destroys her emails,” Shriver said. “Give me a break.”