There are many reasons why Hillary Clinton lost the election. One theory, presented yesterday here at Faith, Family, America, is that Hillary Clinton was out of touch with working class Americans on cultural issues.
The states that run from the upper Midwest to the Great Lakes used to be firmly in the Democratic Party camp, but in 2016 those went to Republican Donald trump. These working class voters care more about the impact of globalism on their lives than they do about feminism and widespread abortion access. These Americans feel that they are no longer represented by the Democratic Party, which in their mind no longer promotes the interests of the working class; it instead promotes the interest of celebrities, the media, and elites.
This is why Clinton's "deplorable" comment was such a disaster for her campaign. It profoundly upset many Americans who believed that the Democratic Party in general, and Hillary Clinton in particular, are both out of touch with the working class.
Rejecting radical feminism, widespread abortion access, and mass migration don't make a person "deplorable," regardless of whether they're correct in their positions. But in an interview last week, Clinton stood by her "deplorable" comment, showing that she still doesn't understand why she lost in 2016.
Unless the Democratic Party realizes that they are out of touch on the key cultural issues of our time, they will not win another presidential election, and they will not win back the majority of Congress in 2018.
But Hillary Clinton doesn't seem to think that her radical feminism and anti-life creed were off-putting to most Americans. Rather, she thinks that women who didn't vote for her were simply too deplorable, too unenlightened, to realize that she represented their interests. And she's furious at Democratic women who didn't vote for her.
Clinton's new book, entitled "What Happened," provides the former presidential candidate's own account of the 2016 election and first-hand analysis of why she lost. She blames a variety of other people for her loss — the FBI, the Russians, President Obama, and others. Now she's blames women who weren't enthusiastic enough about her to caste their vote.
“Since November, more than two dozen women — of all ages, but mostly in their twenties — had approached me in restaurants, theaters, and stores to apologize for not voting or not doing more to help my campaign,” she writes according to reports. “I responded with forced smiles and tight nods.”
To one young women who didn't vote for her, she wrote: “I wanted to stare right in her eyes and say, ‘You didn’t vote? How could you not vote?! You abdicated your responsibility as a citizen at the worst possible time! And now you want me to make you feel better?’” she said. “Of course I didn’t say any of that.”
She notes that many young women came to her looking for absolition for the grave sin of voting for her Republican opponent, but that she can't give it.
"These people were looking for absolution that I just couldn’t give,” she wrote according to reports. “We all have to live with the consequences of our decisions.”
According to Clinton, her Republican opponent was not tapping into a justified skepticism toward political and cultural elites, but was instead tapping into unjustified race and class-based "anger," "nostalgia," and "resentment." She regrets during her campaign that she did not better react to those sentiments, to help divert it into a positive and constructive direction.
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