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Men shouldn't be afraid of women, but Donald Trump should

A few weeks ago, I went to a Trump press conference and asked Donald Trump a question that launched quite the media firestorm when it prompted him to say, "Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card."

Those comments were pretty bizarre, even for the Donald. But the Republican frontrunner didn't stop there.

He also said, "All of the men, we're petrified to speak to women anymore. We may raise our voice. You know what? The women get it better than we do, folks. They get it better than we do. If [Clinton] didn't play that card, she has nothing."

Trump has said that "everybody," including women, loves him as much as Channing Tatum’s abs, but that's simply not true. A majority of women, including conservative women, have an unfavorable view of him.

So maybe Trump should be scared of women. They make up a majority of voters, after all, and are far more likely to vote, while white men, Trump's most significant demographic of voters, are a shrinking proportion of the increasingly diverse electorate.

That means Trump would need even more white dudes than Mitt Romney had in 2012 — he'll need seven out of 10 white men to vote for him to secure the presidency, which, according to Politico, would be considered a "historic sweep."

So in other words, men don't need to be scared of women, but Donald Trump should be.