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Is the Female Factor a Real Threat to Trump in 2020?

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USA – February 16, 2019

We're still about 21 months out from the 2020 election, but the field of presidential contenders is already very crowded and we are seeing a record number of female candidates running for the U.S. president.

The 2018 midterm elections, branded the Year of the Woman, were a watershed for women in politics, as more women were elected to Congress than ever before. The current Congress is also the most diverse ever, a sign of a changing electorate that could boost the candidacies of women of color.

Voters who want to see a woman in the White House will have many more candidates to choose from in 2020 compared with past elections. According to the Center for American Women and Politics, or CAWP, at Rutgers University, there has never been more than two women competing at the same time in the Democratic or Republican primaries, CNBC wrote.

So far there are five strong female contenders in the Democratic primary.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced her candidacy for President last Sunday.

On February 10, the three-term US Senator from Minnesota became the 11th Democratic candidate and 6th woman to jump into the 2020 field. So far, she is the latest Democrat to come forward as a challenger to Donald Trump.

On Feb. 9, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) formally launched her bid to stand for the White House in 2020. At a rollout rally in Lawrence, Massachusetts, held at the backdrop of Everett Mills -- the site of a historic 1912 labor strike led by women and immigrants -- Warren issued a call to action against wealthy power brokers who "have been waging class warfare against hardworking people for decades."

Warren’s launch comes at a challenging moment for the 69-year-old senator. She’s apologized twice over the past two weeks for claiming Native American identity on multiple occasions early in her career. Warren would be 71 on Election Day 2020 and that makes her the oldest candidate running for the White House in U.S. history.

On January 27, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif) announced her presidential bid in her hometown of Oakland. Some 20,000 supporters turned out to cheer her on.

Harris said she wants an America “where we welcome refugees and bring people out of the shadows and provide a pathway to citizenship.”

In November 2018, Harris received Glamour Magazine’s “advocate woman of the year” award – an honor focused around her radical abortion advocacy.

Her pro-abortion actions and close work with Planned Parenthood have continued in the U.S. Senate.

On January 15, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced the formation of an exploratory committee for President on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Sens. Gillibrand’s and Harris’ views on abortions are the same, in addition there’s an industry that they're both ready to destroy: private insurance. When asked about private insurance under her "Medicare-for-all" proposal, Harris said: "Let's eliminate all of that. Let's move on." Similarly, Gillibrand asserted that the end of private insurance is "an urgent goal."

On January 11, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) announced her candidacy in an interview with CNN's Van Jones. Gabbard officially kicked off her campaign in her home state of Hawaii on Feb. 2.

Despite the impression that Gabbard, unlike much of the Democratic Party, is antiwar, in reality she is not anti-establishment and her political career is proof of it. It doesn't matter what the candidate says going into the 2020 election; her contemporary rhetoric is categorically irrelevant. Where she is now was only made possible by pro-war, pro-establishment, pro-corporate positions, USA Really wrote.

The Democratic Party has both the oldest and the youngest candidates. Peter Paul Montgomery Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on January 23, via a video and email sent to his supporters.

The mayor just turned 37, making him the youngest entrant (so far) in the battle for the Democratic nomination. Buttigieg’s husband, Chasten Glezman said in 2017 that he has "always joked with him like he should run for president."

Should Buttigieg be elected president in 2020, he would also make history as being the youngest president ever, at 39.

On January 28, Marianne Williamson became the 10th Democratic candidate to jump into the race. Williamson, 66, a motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, and one-time congressional candidate with a substantial following announced her candidacy for president during a political rally at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles.

A 1992 appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show helped launch her into Hollywood's elite class as the preferred spiritual guide for many in the entertainment world. Williams moved to Los Angeles in the early 1980s, and began giving motivational lectures from a spiritual, but non-denominational perspective based on "The Course for Miracles" teachings.

At the time, many Democratic insiders questioned Williamson's qualifications. "She has some very unusual beliefs about the world, a cult following, but she's not a credible candidate," the chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party said to LA Weekly. "She's done a lot of work helping people heal, but that's not preparation to be in Congress."

Candidates are getting into the race particularly early this season compared to previous years. In 2016, the first major candidate to get into the race was Ted Cruz on March 23, 2015. The eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton announced on April 12, 2015. And Donald Trump announced his candidacy on June 16, 2015.

According to a January ABC News/Washington Post poll, President Trump's approval ratings with women continue to lag: Just 27 percent of women approve of the president compared with 49 percent of men. The Democrats definitely will continue using the momentum from the "Year of the Woman" into the 2020 presidential campaign, heavily exploiting anti-white, anti-men and pro-abortion rhetoric.

Author: USA Really