Losing presidential candidate Hilary Clinton has again made misogyny as the reason for her defeat in the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections at the Women’s World Summit on Thursday.
In a response to a question on why she lost the election, Clinton said that “Certainly misogyny played a role,” and further adds “I mean, that has to be admitted.”
She then lamented on how people felt uncomfortable with her status as a successful woman. She claimed that there exists an “inverse relationship” between success and popularity when it is being attributed to a woman.
She said that “in any campaign, there are so many different cross currents and events, and some have a greater impact than others,”
Clinton’s rationalizing of supposed sexism as the reason for he unpopularity has been her excuse. In the Democratic Party primaries, Clinton had blamed sexism even within the Democratic Party for her low ratings.
Former President Obama shared her perception when during the campaign period, Obama said that “society is still grappling with what it means to see powerful women.”
Misogyny has been a constant excuse the Clinton camp has given to justify her failed presidential campaign.
Her husband and former President Bill Clinton provided a similar tone when he pointed out that sexist men would not vote for Hillary because they could not accept the idea of having a woman for President. He later said that “angry white men” were the reason for Trump’s victory.
Before the election, Hillary implied that Trump’s supporters were made up of “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic” and called them as a “basket of deplorables”.
Unfortunately for her, these “basket of deplorables” had propelled Trump to the Presidency with the Electoral College voting for Donald Trump with 306 compared to her 232 votes.