The former communications director for Hillary Clinton's campaign has a reason why Clinton lost to President-elect Donald Trump: “internalized misogyny.”
On MSNBC, Chris Hayes stated he thought the Clinton campaign expected to underperform with some demographics and overperform with others, particularly white women. Exit polls, however, showed that Trump won the vote among white women. Clinton only did a point better than President Obama did in the 2012 election.
Hayes asked Jess McIntosh how she made sense of that.
“Internalized misogyny is a real thing,” McIntosh replied. “And this is a thing that we have to be talking about.”
When Hayes asked what exactly that meant, McIntosh explained, “The president said it the best… We as a society react poorly to women seeking positions of power. We are uncomfortable about that, and we seek to justify that, that uncomfortable feeling because it can’t possibly be because we don’t want to see a woman in that position of power.”
So, Clinton losing wasn’t due to the fact that she and her foundation were under FBI scrutiny, or that Obamacare premiums are set to increase by double digits next year, or even that the vast majority of Americans felt the media was telling them who to vote for. Nope, Clinton lost because white woman are misogynist and apparently are uncomfortable with seeing another woman in power.
McIntosh concluded that “we have work to do talking to those women about what happened this year, and why, why, why we would vote against our self-interests.”
The last part of that statement explains the Clinton campaign mindset the best, and shows the real reason why Clinton lost: people were tired of the political elite telling them what was best for them and their families.
The idea that a woman voting against another woman is somehow a misogynist is asinine. Maybe women also had legitimate concerns over Clinton’s use of a private email server containing classified information. Maybe women were taken aback when some emails were discovered on the laptop of Anthony Weiner during a teenage sexting scandal. Maybe they knew what was best for them and their families, and not politicians who fly over their small towns on the way to rallies in big cities.
No. Clearly, the Clinton camp felt women somehow owed their vote to Clinton, and those who didn’t vote for Clinton were somehow being held back by their own internalized hatred for women they don’t realize is in them.
Susan Sarandon perhaps said it best. Sarandon was an avid Bernie Sanders supporter and openly refused to vote for Clinton in the general election, voting instead for Green Party candidate Jill Stein. When asked why she would do this, instead of voting for potentially the first female president, Sarandon replied, “I don’t vote with my vagina.”
You can see the exchange between McIntosh and Hayes below:
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