Last week, Clinton said she couldn't forgive women who failed to vote for her in the last election. She described how more than two dozen women had approached her to apologize for not supporting her candidacy.
“I responded with forced smiles and tight nods," she said.
Likewise, she refused to forgive women who voted for President Trump.
"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.”
Now Clinton is offering the reason why those women decided to vote against her. She argues that she lost the election because women—particularly white women—gave into pressure from the men in their lives.
Hillary Clinton claims to be a feminist, but the only reason she could think of about why women wouldn't vote for her is that they were too weak. She doesn't even seem to consider the fact that they made informed and rational decisions about who'd they rather have be the President of the United States. Clinton effectively removed agency from these women.
In an interview with NPR, Clinton rejected the idea that women who didn't vote for her were simply not inspired by her message. Instead, she argued that it was men working against her and using women to do it.
"[Women] 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,'" declared Clinton.
She didn't just see that pressure as coming from women in relationships with Republican men. She also blamed the "so-called" Bernie Bros and the liberal women in their lives for giving in to their pressure to vote for Sanders.
Clinton's characterization of women is troubling. For her gender is the most important issue, but as she notes in the interview, it's not the defining issue for a lot of younger women.
She finds that troubling. This writer does not. Instead, I find it encouraging that women don't feel bound to support a candidate simply because she's a woman. Instead, women are strong enough—smart enough—to decide who represents their interests better. Someday America will elect a woman to the presidency, but it will be because that woman was the better candidate—not because she was a woman.
Hillary Clinton isn't the only liberal making ridiculous statements. Alec Baldwin just said the three branches of American government are less important than this trivial thing.