During a human rights event at Georgetown University, Hillary Clinton brought up her loss to President Donald Trump and blamed it on sexism and misogyny.
Clinton, who is the honorary founding chair of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security, awarded several women with Human Rights Awards on Monday. During the event, a moderator asked Clinton how to deal with the “backlash” against the women’s rights movement.
Clinton suggested that people lash out against feminism because they are “insecure” or “frightened.”
“I see it as a reaction that is driven by lots of different motives, some of them having to do with people feeling insecure, frightened, disillusioned, discouraged, or whatever emotion you want,” she said. “When people are insecure and anxious they often defend against their own feelings by rejecting others.”
She also brought up her book “What Happened,” about the 2016 election, and asserted that she still believes sexism is a part of the reason why she lost.
“Any of you who have read my book about what happened know that I think misogyny and sexism was part of that campaign–it was one of the contributing factors,” Clinton declared. “Some of it was old fashioned sexism and a refusal to accept the equality of women and certainly the equality of women’s leadership, and some of it as an outgrowth of all of this anxiety and insecurity that is playing on people and leading them in a hunt for scapegoats.”
“This is an election year, 2018 in the United States, so there’s a lot to be done to say we’re not going backwards,” she concluded.
Clinton was recently accused of shielding Burns Strider, the faith adviser on her 2008 campaign, from sexual harassment allegations after top aides recommended she fire him. Strider was instead asked to attend counseling and his female accuser was reassigned to a new job. (RELATED: Report: Hillary Clinton Shielded An Accused Sexual Harasser On Her Campaign)
During the 2016 campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump repeatedly knocked Clinton for allegedly silencing women who accused her husband, former president Bill Clinton, of sexual assault and harassment. (RELATED: Hillary In New Book: Trump Inviting Clinton Accusers To Debate Was A ‘Stunt’)