WASHINGTON –– Donald Trump Sunday repeated his claim that Hillary Clinton is using the “woman’s card” to win the Democratic nomination for president.

The Republican front-runner said April 26 that the only thing Clinton, a former secretary of state and U.S. senator, had going for her in the race to succeed President Obama was her gender.

He stood behind his remarks on Sunday. “I’m my own strategist. I like what I said,” Trump said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The only card she has to play is the woman’s card,” he said. “If she were not a woman, she wouldn’t even be in the race.”

“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she would get 5 percent of the vote,” he said.

Clinton took the attack in stride, saying that “if fighting for women’s health care and paid family leave and equal pay is playing the woman card, then deal me in.”

Trump appears to have an uphill fight to win female voters.

Gallup’s daily tracking poll for March showed he’s viewed unfavorably by 70 percent of U.S. women and 58 percent of men, and that his unfavorability rating with women has been climbing.

“Trump is clearly taking on a strategy that is marginalizing women,” Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List, a political action committee that supports female candidates, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “Women voters are going to decide this election. And what women voters are looking for are candidates who are supporting equal pay, who are fighting for minimum wage, who are talking about paid family leave.”

Trump said Clinton’s opponent for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, has said worse about her.

Sanders in March said he thought Clinton was unqualified to be president because she accepted super-PAC money from Wall Street and voted for the war in Iraq.

He later backtracked, saying she was both qualified and unqualified. “In a sense it’s both,” Sanders said on the campaign trail on April 8.


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