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Fox News Panel On Women Voters Is Three Old White Dudes

One panelist took issue with the very notion that women share interests when they walk into the voting booth.

Fox News assembled a panel Tuesday to talk about Donald Trump’s problem with women voters -- a panel composed entirely of old white dudes.

Pointing out that women will make up 54 percent of the electorate come November, “Happening Now” host Gregg Jarrett announced the results of a recent poll showing only 30 percent of Trump supporters are women.

Do you think some of his verbal attacks on women have cost him among women?” he asked panelists Douglas Schoen, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, and conservative columnist Cal Thomas.

Thomas took issue with the very notion that women share interests when they walk into the voting booth.

“One of the things that concerns me is this talk about women’s issues as if women are a monolith -- as if they all think alike or should think alike,” Thomas said. “Women care about basically the same things men care about -- health care, the economy and the rest.”

It’s no doubt true that women voters share concerns with the broader electorate. But it's also true that some issues are of particular salience to women in a society where they are paid less than men and have a harder time accessing health care and child care than their counterparts in other countries. 

Had Fox News bothered to include a woman on the panel, she might have pointed that out.

Gabriel Arana is senior media editor at The Huffington Post.
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