At a victory rally in Philadelphia in April following the Pennsylvania primary, Hillary Clinton responded to Donald Trump’s accusation that she was playing the woman card with the emphatic remark, “If fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in!” At one point during her DNC acceptance speech Thursday night, Clinton delivered those exact same words and this morning, the punchline is the front-page headline chosen by a number of newspapers.
At the time Clinton originally fired back at Trump’s “woman card” belittling, Huffington Post women’s editor Alanna Vagianos praised Clinton not just for the remark but also for the candidate’s cheeky publishing of a woman’s card in the form of a credit card. The image, posted for a time at womancard.org, showed a piece of plastic good starting 1/17.
And so, a convention cycle that began with echoes of Michelle Obama via Melania Trump ended with Hillary Clinton sampling Hillary Clinton. It might have been more powerful if Clinton had prefaced her sourcing of this remark with a recollection of when Trump challenged her in the spring, and how her commitment to these issues remains the same.
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