Hillary Clinton has an explanation for why women — white women, in particular — voted against her last November: they caved in to pressure from their husbands, fathers, boyfriends and male bosses.
Clinton made the excuse during an interview with NPR’s Rachel Martin during a promotional tour of her book, “What Happened.”
In the interview, Clinton was asked why, given that she was the first female presidential candidate, she fared worse than expected among female voters.
In typical Clinton fashion, she deflected the blame, suggesting that women who voted against her were somehow manipulated by men in their lives. She also claimed that “sexism” from supporters of Bernie Sanders might have played a part in her poor showing among female voters.
“You yourself in the book acknowledge that a good number of young women didn’t vote for you, which is presumably not a sexist choice. They just weren’t inspired by your message,” NPR’s Martin said to Clinton.
“I think it’s a lot more complicated than that,” the former secretary of state responded.
“I did win the women’s vote. I didn’t win the vote of white women, but I got more white women votes than Barack Obama did,” she said, taking a subtle shot at her former boss.
Clinton then told a story of a conversation she had with Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, the author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead.”
Clinton said that Sandberg told her that “the more professionally successful a man is, the more likable he is; the more professionally successful a woman is, the less likable she is.”
“Women will have no empathy for you because they will be under tremendous pressure — and I’m talking principally about white women — they will be under tremendous pressure from fathers, and husbands, and boyfriends and male employers, not to vote for ‘the girl,'” Clinton continued, relaying Sandberg’s thoughts.
Clinton then took a dig at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, her primary opponent.
“And we saw a lot of that during the primaries from Sanders supporters, really quite vile attacks online against women who spoke out for me, as I say, one of my biggest support groups, Pantsuit Nation, literally had to become a private site because there was so much sexism directed their way.”
According to exit polls from the 2016 election, Clinton carried 54 percent of the female vote compared to Donald Trump’s 42 percent. Clinton carried 43 percent of white women while Trump won 53 percent of that demographic.
The numbers were similar for Obama’s 2012 victory over Mitt Romney. He carried 56 percent of the female vote, and won 42 percent of white women.
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