Three Myths About Clinton's Defeat in Election 2016 Debunked

Strether, Lambert

Publisher:  Naked Capitalism
Date Written:  14/11/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX20237

A debunking of the explanations for Hillary Clinton's defeat in the 2016 election commonly given by the Democratic party establishment and Clinton loyalists - in particular the role of racism, sexism, and the loss of key Obama-supporting counties.




So, taking lack of a college degree as a proxy for being working class, for Newsweek’s claim to be true, you have to believe that working class women don't get a vote in their referendum, and for the talking point to be true, you have to believe that working class women are sexist. Which leads me to ask: Who died and left the bourgeois feminists in Clinton’s base in charge of the definition of sexism, or feminism? Class traitor Tina Brown is worth repeating:

Here's my own beef. Liberal feminists, young and old, need to question the role they played in Hillary’s demise. The two weeks of media hyperventilation over grab-her-by-the-pussygate, when the airwaves were saturated with aghast liberal women equating Trump’s gross comments with sexual assault, had the opposite effect on multiple women voters in the Heartland.

These are resilient women, often working two or three jobs, for whom boorish men are an occasional occupational hazard, not an existential threat. They rolled their eyes over Trump's unmitigated coarseness, but still bought into his spiel that he'd be the greatest job producer who ever lived. Oh, and they wondered why his behaviour was any worse than Bill's.
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