US Election 2016: #repealthe19th tweets urge US women to be denied vote

Source: BBC

Calls for women to be denied their right to vote have trended on Twitter as polls suggested Donald Trump would win if only men could cast ballots in next month’s White House election.

The Republican nominee’s supporters were accused of tweeting #repealthe19th – a reference to the US constitutional amendment granting women’s suffrage less than 100 years ago.

The hashtag went viral after polls suggested Mr Trump would win election if only men cast ballots.

Mr Trump has struggled to win over female voters, especially since a recent tape emerged of his sexually aggressive boasts.

The hashtag began trending after FiveThirtyEight, a political number-crunching blog, tweeted two polls which showed what the outcome of the presidential election would be if only women voted, and if only men voted.

Election map if only women votedImage copyrightTWITTER

He found that if the election only counted the female vote, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton would win the presidency with 458 electoral votes and Mr Trump a meagre 80.

If only men voted in the presidential election, Mr Trump would win the election with 350 electoral votes and Mrs Clinton only 188.

A candidate must win 270 electoral votes to win the presidency.

FiveThirtyEight: Women are defeating Donald Trump

Election map if only men votedImage copyrightTWITTER

Some of the tweets calling for a woman’s right to vote to be repealed seemed in earnest.

This is why we need to repeal and not replace the 19th amendment #repealthe19thImage copyrightTWITTER
I would be willing to give up my right to vote to make this happenImage copyrightTWITTER
men should never have given women the right to voteImage copyrightTWITTER

The backlash was quick and unforgiving, with many blaming it on Trump supporters, labelling them ignorant and predictable.

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