#RepealThe19th: Donald Trump supporters tweet new anthem after Nate Silver's poll shows he'd win if only men voted

Trump backers have finally found a poll they like: An imaginary electoral map with no women voters

By Sophia Tesfaye

Senior Politics Editor

Published October 12, 2016 8:39PM (EDT)

 (AP/Evan Vucci)
(AP/Evan Vucci)

Less than a month after the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which finally enshrined women's right to vote in the U.S. Constitution, some supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump have taken to social media to complain that without women's suffrage their preferred candidate would be leading in the public opinion polls.

The Los Angeles Times first reported on the online backlash to Nate Silver's recent election projections by gender. Silver's FiveThirtyEight website published an article Tuesday that found that if only men's votes counted in the 2016 election, Trump would easily defeat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, with 350 electoral votes to her 188.

As Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic noted, the Trump campaign was eager to share the "male voters only" projection with supporters. Trump's son Eric Trump shared Silver's projection in a fundraising email Wednesday morning.

“But the mainstream media are doing everything they can to prop up Crooked Hillary and downplay the incredible Donald Trump surge happening across the nation,” the email read. “We need your help to continue funding our aggressive ad blitzes and our campaign’s get-out-the-vote operation. We’re making huge gains against Crooked Hillary that you can see for yourself.” Eric Trump “We’re not just winning national polls like L.A. Times/USC and Rasmussen, we’re beating back the increasingly desperate Dems in the battleground states, too,” Trump wrote of the men-only map.

The GOP nominee's most ardent supporters got so excited by the prospect of an American election in which only male voters participated that they took to Twitter to call for the repeal of the 19th Amendment.

This is the 2016 Trump version (read: sexist) of the GOP's embarrassing attempt to "unskew the polls" in 2012:  

By Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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