Actually, this is what he said: "All these stories that come out, and they come out every couple of weeks -- people just don't care."
That may well have been true as Trump faced the Republican portion of the electorate and those self-selecting Democrats and independents who oped to support him. Reports of Trump's rather hands-on dealings with women, the frequency with which he has opted to engage in public disagreements with women by critiquing their looks, his suggestion that a reporter's menstrual cycle may have rendered her too emotional or angry to moderate a presidential debate. We really could go on.
But the primary season is almost over. And the general election and the electorate that will vote in it is quite a bit different than those Trump has faced in the primaries.
Yes, the vast majority of Republican voters are white, they are disproportionately male, older and in that sense -- a little different than the rest of the country. And a look at the April Washington Post-ABC News poll absolutely reflects that. Pollsters asked Americans about their overall views of Trump. And while some people are willing to vote for people that they do not view favorably, this question is often regarded as a solid early measure of a candidate's prospects.
Take a look at the patterns that show up in the charts below.
So, if 75 percent of women told researchers just last month they view Trump unfavorably, who is it that backs Trump? Well, here again we have some polling data to help us. Trump's favorability tends to rank highest among self-identified men who are conservative Republicans, white, are over the age of 40, do not have a college degree and earn at least $50,000 a year. No one is saying this is the entirety of the Trump coalition. But, these are the people who gave Trump the highest favorability ratings in an April Washington Post-ABC news poll.
Put another way, this also means that women, those who describe themselves as moderate or liberal Democrats, independents, those under the age of 40, those with a college degree or more, etc., do not much care for Trump. And the fact that women are on-par with many of these traditionally Democratic-leaning groups suggests how bad it is for Trump.
Part of the narrative of the GOP primary was that nothing that Trump seemed to say or do really alienated anyone, and he kept winning. But those very same comments appear to play very differently among the general electorate -- and first and foremost, among women.
Trump does appear to have some work to do, starting with women and people of color.