Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

About

Victoria is a political scientist that got the political nerd bug in middle school student council. Today she hangs her hat at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and engages in political wonkiness on MSNBC, NBCNews.com, and Telemundo among others. more→

Research

Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding the politics, policies and people that shape our fascinating yet frustrating political landscape. Her areas of expertise include immigration, Latinos, women, political psych, & elections.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Recent Media

This piece originally appeared on NBCNews.com.

The 2016 Republican War on Women has taken an interesting turn–straight into the gutter. It’s not only wrong, but it’s bad politics.

If there’s one thing women do a lot of—quite a bit more than men, it’s vote.

But in the latest news, it looks like Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is encouraging Americans to watch pornography. In an attempt to discredit former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, he sent tweets at 3 a.m. inviting the public to check out her “sex tape.”

As NBC News reports, “the purported sex tape” appears to be a reference to reports about suggestive footage from Machado’s time on a Spanish reality television show modeled on ‘Big Brother.'”

Alicia Machado shot into the political limelight at the first presidential debate when Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton noted that Trump (who had purchased the Ms. Universe contest) had referred to the Venezuelan-born beauty queen as “Miss Piggy” “Miss Eating Machine” and “Miss Housekeeping.”

Donald Trump has not denied that he has said it and has not apologized. Instead he has doubled down. He justified his fat-shaming of Machado as a business affair and most recently he seeks to justify his cruel and disrespectful behavior by discrediting Machado and making allegations about a “sex tape.” (more…)

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