I've been trying to understand what it means, and I'm glad to see that Emily Crockett (at Vox) is trying to figure it out. The "it" has no obvious antecedent. Trump says:
If [Clinton] didn't play the women's card, she would have no chance, I mean zero, of winning. She's playing the women's card. She's going "Did you hear that Donald Trump raised his voice while speaking to a woman?" Oh, I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I mean: All of the men, we're petrified to speak to women anymore. We may raise our voice. You know what? The women get it better than we do, folks. All right? They get it better than we do. If she didn't play that card, she has nothing.Crockett observes that the "it" in "women get it better than we do" could mean at least 2 completely different things:
It could mean that he thinks women have an easier lot in life than men — partly because men now have to be constantly "petrified" of being labeled sexists.I tend to think "get it" means "understand." I'd say "have it better, " not "get it better," to refer to having a easier time.
It could also be a reference to Trump's claim that Clinton is unpopular among women (which is technically true, but misleading, since women dislike Trump a lot more). So he may mean women "get it" (as in, understand Clinton's trickery) better than "we" (men) do.
Now, I was motivated to go looking for an answer to my question because I saw that Rush Limbaugh has another interpretation entirely, and it was something that hadn't crossed my mind:
What he means by women get it better than we do is -- do I need to point this one out? I mean, well, I have over the course of I don't know how many years. You're walking down the street with your wife or your girlfriend and you see some woman across the street and think, "Wow." You look at her, what you don't notice is your wife's looking at her, too, and hating on her and criticizing every imperfection there is, no matter what you're doing, you just don't notice. That's what Trump means. You shaking your head at that, Dawn? No way. That's what he means by women know it better than I do. He means women are bigger critics of women than I could ever hope to be.That came in the context of discussing this Clinton PAC ad about how Donald Trump doesn't "respect" women.
And Limbaugh's point is that this kind of material "isn't going to work on Trump the way it works on conservatives." It won't destroy him "like it would destroy anybody else."
I really don't know exactly what Trump meant, but I see what Limbaugh means: Women don't really support other women. We're not susceptible to the gender politics Hillary is purveying. In fact, it cuts the other way. Women don't like women. That's strongly put. I don't think it's what Trump meant, but there's surely some truth to the notion that women don't automatically support other women.
ON REFLECTION, the next morning: Here's how "it" comes together for me, using all the theories, including Limbaugh's. What women "get" — i.e., understand — is what's wrong with Hillary. It's even easier for women to see it than it is for men: Hillary has nothing. The "woman card" is a cover, and men may defer to it to some extent, because they've been cowed, but women are more able to see past the "woman" factor and know what's wrong with her.