“As far as I’m concerned, any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice in a way.” That was Michelle Obama, blaming women for not lining up behind Hillary Clinton, during a question and answer session at a marketing and sales conference last week at which she was the keynote speaker.
The former first lady wasn’t done: “To me, it doesn’t say as much about Hillary . . . No, no, no. What does it mean for us as women? That we look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said, ‘That guy. He’s better for me. His voice is more true to me.’ Well, to me that just says you don’t like your voice. You like the thing we’re told to like.”
It echoed what Hillary Clinton herself had said a few weeks ago during an interview with NPR. Clinton approvingly retold a story about Sheryl Sandberg, of “Lean-In” fame, telling her that women — “principally” white women — “will be under tremendous pressure from fathers and husbands and boyfriends and male employers not to vote for ‘the girl.’ ”
So there you have Hillary’s closing pitch: Women are too dumb to know on their own what they need. Can’t imagine how she lost.
It’s been 10 months since the election, but apparently it still hasn’t gotten through Democrats’ heads: Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate. She didn’t have to contend with poor name recognition like Donald Trump’s opponents in the GOP primary, she didn’t have trouble raising money. She just couldn’t get out of her own way.
Should Republican women have voted for the Democrat just because she’s a woman, too? During one of the Democratic debates the candidates were asked: “Which enemy are you most proud of?” Lincoln Chafee said “the coal lobby.” Martin O’Malley answered “The National Rifle Association.” Bernie Sanders said “Wall Street and the pharmaceutical industry.”
And then came Hillary Clinton’s turn. She glided by “the Iranians” to conclude “Republicans” were the enemy of which she was most proud. Is a Republican woman supposed to then see Hillary Clinton’s voice as her own?
I was one of those women. I didn’t vote for Trump but there was no way I’d even consider a vote for Clinton. She has treated me, and women like me, as her enemy for decades.
We’re part of that “vast right-wing conspiracy” she accused of spreading false stories about her husband’s infidelity that turned out to be all too true. Did she ever apologize to us? Did she ever apologize to the women her husband discarded along the way? We’re the women she considers below her for baking cookies and the women she imagined owed her their vote despite all of this.
There’s already been so much emotional manipulation from the left and from Hillary Clinton in particular. In a 1996 article in The New Yorker by Henry Louis Gates called “Hating Hillary,” Peggy Noonan hit the nail on the head. She told Gates that Hillary had “an implicit insistence throughout her career that hers were the politics of moral decency and therefore those who opposed her politics were obviously of a lower moral order.”
It plays out in the same way today. If you support any changes to a crumbling ObamaCare system, you’re a bad person and want people to die.
In May, when the Trump administration wanted to make very minor changes to her signature school-lunch program, Michelle Obama said, “You have to stop and think, ‘why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school?’ ” Because obviously the only way you can oppose a program that she created is because you’re hoping to starve and malnourish our nation’s children.
So much for going high when they go low.
But now the line has moved even further: This is what you have to support to be a good woman. You’re failing at being a woman if you don’t fall in line and vote how we demand. You’re out of the club! We wear pink on Wednesdays!
There were many reasons many women didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton. To assume that the men in their lives made them do it is foolish. You’d think those pushing this trope would notice that pressuring women to vote a certain way didn’t work in 2016.
Mocking them as dummies who blindly follow men probably won’t work next time either.