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Women Will Vote for Trump Because Their Husbands Can’t Pay the Bills, Trump Adviser Says

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort extended the Trump campaign’s stellar record of outreach to female voters tonight on MSNBC, explaining that Trump will be popular with women in November because they’re upset their husbands can’t pay the family bills. Video is above; here’s the transcript.

MANAFORT: Many women in this country feel they can’t afford their lives. Their husbands can’t afford paying for the family bills. Hillary Clinton is guilty of being part of the establishment that created that problem.They’re going to hear the message. And as they hear the message, that’s how we’re going to appeal to them.

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MATTHEWS: You know what you just said, however. You said women are concerned about their husbands’ income.

MANAFORT: I can speak personally to that.

MATTHEWS: Is that the 21st century talking? That’s their big concern? How their husband’s doing at work?

MANAFORT: Because they can’t afford their lives anymore. That’s the point.

Put another way, Manafort’s case is that women will vote for Trump because their husbands, who pay the bills, are struggling to earn the money that they, as wives, spend on purses and shoes.

To his credit, Matthews does his best to alert Manafort that he’s being sexist. Manafort laughs. And there’s reason to believe Donald Trump would’ve laughed too.

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