A new hashtag has emerged in support of Donald Trump’s campaign, and it’s perhaps one of the most misogynistic we’ve seen. Only a month has passed since the 96th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed American women the right to vote, but now some Trump supporters are suggesting to #RepealThe19th after learning that the Republican presidential nominee (unsurprisingly) polls miserably among women.
The hashtag appeared after a viral tweet of a map from FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver showed that Donald Trump would win the election by a landslide if only men voted.
Some of Trump’s backers then decided to use Twitter as an outlet to deny women’s suffrage.
But it’s not only men who seek to #RepealThe19th. Some women agreed that instead of increasing Trump’s appeal among genders, they should simply eliminate the female vote.
Women’s rights advocates quickly responded with snarky comments and tweets in support of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
This isn’t the first time #RepealThe19th has been used on social media. The hashtag can be traced back to 2011 but has only recently started trending due to the series of scandals plaguing this election. Although repealing an amendment is unlikely (it would need approval from two-thirds of both the House and the Senate, two-thirds of the state legislatures or five Supreme Court justices), it’s a horrifying prospect to know some people are willing to suggest stripping women of their right to vote. Mr. Trump has not yet made any comment.