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Editor’s Note: Mel Robbins is a CNN commentator, legal analyst, best-selling author and keynote speaker. She is a contributing editor for Success magazine. In 2014, she was named outstanding news talk-radio host by the Gracie Awards. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

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Mel Robbins: Male entitlement, sexism and the rebirth of the double standard are all on the presidential ballot

She says: Trump's retrograde world does not allow for women as respected winners; they are meant to be subordinate to men

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There’s one terrifying issue on the ballot next week that should have your attention: the treatment of women in a world where Donald Trump is in charge.

Strong words, but it’s time we stop pretending they’re not true. Right now, our country is getting a world-class lesson in male entitlement and sexism from a candidate, his mostly male political operatives and a cadre of supporters apparently enraged over the ascendancy of a woman.

Whether it’s the “hubris” of Megyn Kelly, of Fox, who dares challenge Trump on camera, or the fact of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, continuing to dominate him in the polls, Trump can’t stand it.

Consider: By his own account, he always wins. Right now, he’s at risk of losing, and losing to a woman. In Trump’s world that doesn’t happen.

He is used to holding power over women with his wealth, his bullying, his employment and his threats of lawsuits. He appears to have little idea of how to operate when he has to respect, listen to and defer to a woman in business and politics. Even his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, has suggested he doesn’t listen to her counsel either.

Indeed, the fact that he’s already lost the female vote, that a “nasty woman” like Clinton might beat him, makes him sure the election must be rigged.