Hillary Clinton's interview with Joy-Ann Reid was excellent and informative. She deconstructed how sexism and misogyny played out in the election and admonished the white women who encouraged Donald Trump with their support.
Hillary Clinton won the women's vote. She did not win the vote of white women, and she called their support for a misogynist in a Joy-Ann Reid interview. Watch her full segment on sexism and misogyny here. It is pretty enlightening.
Hillary Clinton calls out white women support of a misogynist
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Clinton pointed out that the sexist attack on her was distressing and admonished Trump for permitting it.
"It's not pleasant to be called names and to be subjected to the kind of insults that come across the online media all the time which we see when women express an opinion, Hillary Clinton said. "So on a personal level, it was both distressing but also somewhat problematic because it's one thing for people individually to express those views. But for a candidate running for president of the United States to give permission? "
She then pointed out a sad fact about women who voted for Donald Trump.
"The second level is when I see women, and look it's predominantly white women, let's just be clear about that. I won women," Hillary Clinton said. "I lost white women although I got more of the white women's votes than President Obama did in 2012. So this is an ongoing challenge. But when I see women doing that, I think; why are they publicly disrespecting themselves? Why are they opening the door to have someone say that about them in their workplace, in a community setting? Do they not see the connection there? Snd I think that's one of the problems with sexism."
Clinton then made a necessary contrast between racism and sexism.
"We had such a public and still an ongoing movement to expand civil rights," Clinton said. "And again I'm proud of the progress. But we still have a lot of problems we have to confront because electing Barack Obama did not end racism as we know all too well. But it gave the country a chance to say, 'hey wait a minute; we are better than this.' With sexism it is still not viewed as the serious threat it is to women's aspirations, to the ability of young girls to imagine themselves doing all kinds of things. So I'm happy that people disagree with me. Say, 'You know what I don't agree with her on health or the economy or immigration,' whatever they want to disagree with me about. But when they resort to sexism that says number one they don't really know what their own arguments are. And number two they are opening that door even wider for sexism and misogyny to be used against them and people they love, their daughters their nieces, their sisters."
Hillary Clinton made a prescient point when describing sexism relative to racism. It is a point I attempted to make in a piece I wrote titled "Hillary Clinton proved that sexism is worse than racism in America" for which I got a lot of pushback. No one has yet convinced me that I was completely wrong on that point. Thoughts?
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