Donald Trump announced recently that the “shackles have been taken off me” in his campaign, which apparently has caused his supporters to feel the same way. A new poll by FiveThirtyEight looked at voting patterns for men and women, and showed that Trump would overwhelmingly win the election if only men voted, Los Angeles Times reports. The poll has Trump beating Clinton in electoral votes 350-188. The reverse was true for women: If only women voted, Clinton would beat Trump in electoral votes 458-80.
Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight’s editor-in-chief, tweeted images of the voting maps split by gender, which caused a grossly sexist trend to being on Twitter: #RepealThe19th. The 19th refers to the 19th Amendment in which women are granted the right to vote.
As the hashtag began picking up momentum on Twitter, men, women, and trolls alike all engaged in the process. Some supporters called upon the government to “enforce the Constitution” in order to repeal the amendment.
Many Twitter users are now using the hashtag as a means to speak out against its meaning, while also trying to give its supporters a brief history lesson.
Other Twitter users seized the opportunity to make memes and gifs out of #RepealThe19th.
Not even Frank Underwood could resist.
The movement slightly pays homage to Silicon Valley billionaire (and Trump supporter) Peter Thiel, who wrote in 2009 that giving women the right to vote was bad for democracy: “Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women—two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians—have rendered the notion of ‘capitalist democracy’ into an oxymoron.”
All we have to say is, Really?