Donald Trump may have raised the white flag, admitting that he did not have a good week for someone who has been in the middle of so much controversy. The presidential candidate is now at odds against the majority of the voting population: women. Did Donald Trump just commit political suicide?
Many have called out Trump following his “attack” on women, and some critics are saying that this might be his political dreams coming to an end.
As TIME’s Elise Jordan says: “This has to be the beginning of the end, the driving of the stake into a powerful and decisive general election narrative: Donald Trump hates women. It’s a narrative that can’t be undone, walked back or overtaken by uttering yet another more shocking statement meant to distract from the last.”
The feeling appears to be mutual, as women across the country expressed their disapproval of his views. Trump seems to agree that he did something bad.
“Was this my best week? I guess not,” he told Fox News Sunday via ABC. The Republican is now faced with backlash following his comments saying there should be punishment for women in light of abortion. This also sent the candidate on an apology tour, trying to amend what he said through several means days later.
“Yes. I would have rather answered it in a different manner,” he added.
This was only a few of the candidate’s worries, as he also came under fire for posting an unflattering photo of Heidi Cruz – wife of Ted Cruz. Trump admitted fault to such as well.
“If I had it to do again, I probably wouldn’t have sent it. I didn’t think it was particularly bad, but I probably wouldn’t have sent it,” he said.
According to critics, around three-quarters of women voters disapprove of Trump. Such disapproval could readily translate to a refusal to vote, which puts Trump’s success at odds even with a possible nomination at hand. Not to mention his thoughts about abortion and nuclear weapons, which some parties call inaccurate or misinformed.
“The person who made the statements doesn’t know much about foreign policy or nuclear policy or the Korean Peninsula or the world generally,” TIME quoted President Barack Obama last Friday during the Nuclear Security Summit.
His statement came after Trump said he will not disavow use of nuclear weapons and that he will urge South Korea and Japan to obtain such for further strengthening of the U.S. alliance. While no one has been able to topple Trump from his stage, critics are saying that no one needs to, because the candidate is already doing damage to himself on his own.