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The Lid: US Attitudes About Female Presidents Have Come Far

Welcome to The Lid, your afternoon dose of the 2016 ethos… Donald Trump reportedly told surrogates in a conference call Monday to dismiss his own campaign's talking points, saying "Take that order and throw it the hell out." Trump backers at press time were unable to say whether the GOP nominee is basically just channeling a cranky customer at Sbarro at this point.

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'16 from 30,000

The notion of Hillary Clinton becoming the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party - as she is slated to do tomorrow night - is hardly a new idea to anyone who's been paying attention to the race. But in the shuffle of the inevitable arguments about superdelegates, Clinton's negative rating and anxiety about lingering disunity among the Democratic Party, it's worth remembering that Clinton will have secured a place in history as the first female presidential nominee of a major party. Particularly because it will be the eight year anniversary of her "18 million cracks in the glass ceiling" speech, Clinton's sure not to let the occasion go unnoticed. In the context of only the past 15 years, her nomination may not seem like a dramatic accomplishment; an NBC/WSJ poll in 2000 showed that 87 percent of voters said they'd be comfortable with a female president. But go back to the mid 1970s and almost a quarter said they would not vote for a qualified female nominee from their own party. And in 1945, a majority - 55 percent - said they wouldn't vote for a female nominee.

POPPING ON NBC POLITICS

FOR THE RECORD…

"Are there any other stupid letters that were sent to you folks?"

  • Donald Trump telling surrogates on a conference call to ignore the talking points originally circulated by the campaign, according to a report by Bloomberg.

TOMORROW'S SKED

Voters in California, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and both the Dakotas will go to the polls.