Washington Post Agrees With Clinton’s Assertion That Women Lose Their Agency When Voting
The Washington Post’s “identity” writer doesn’t think Hillary Clinton is completely wrong when she blamed white women feeling pressured by men to vote for President Donald Trump as part of the reason she lost in November 2016.
Clinton made the comment at an India Today conclave event Saturday when discussing her failed bid for the presidency.
“We do not do well with white men, and we don’t do well with married, white women,” Clinton told the audience in Mumbai, India. “And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”
The Washington Post journo Eugene Scott’s column, “Like it or not, studies suggest that Clinton may not be wrong on white women voting like their husbands,” cites a handful of studies showing a husband and wife share similar voting habits — which isn’t necessarily a surprise considering these people chose to spend their lives together.
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“Clinton has made comments like these before and has been criticized for them because they appear to place the blame for her loss on white women’s inability to think independently about their vote. But there are studies that show how white women vote , especially those who are married, is highly influenced by the politics of their husbands,” Scott wrote.
The two studies he cites don’t remotely provide evidence supporting Clinton’s assertion that some external pressure causes women to lose their agency in the voting booth.
Instead, the closest Scott gets is a Julie Kohler column. “A vote for the Republican party is often deemed as the most logical one for married women,” she concluded — as if this is a bad thing.
A litany of oppressive forces are why women aren’t really voting for their preferred candidates, according to Kohler, who also conveniently serves as the senior vice president for left-wing donor network Democracy Alliance.
“Systemic influences like marriage and evangelical Christianity interact with white supremacy to influence white women’s political behavior, through the explicit ideologies they propagate and the more insidious ways they reflect and perpetuate other structural inequalities,” she wrote.
One final rationale omitted in Scott’s article for why so many women won’t vote for Democrats: liberals are responsible for condescending columns like these.
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