Hillary Clinton reverted to a familiar pattern in attempting to explain her 2016 election loss during a speaking event over the weekend, arguing that Trump won white women because of their tendency to vote according to the preferences of their male family members and professional superiors.
Democrats “do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married white women and part of that is an identification with the Republican party and an ongoing pressure to vote the way your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should,” Clinton argued at the conference in Mumbai, India.
Clinton went on to say that she was on her way to winning the white female vote until then-FBI director James Comey “dropped that very ill-advised letter” announcing that the bureau was reopening the investigation into her handling of classified information as secretary of state less than two weeks before Election Day.
She then complained that the “backwards” sections of the country also contributed to her loss.
“What the map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that represent two-thirds of America’s gross domestic product. So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward,” she said. “And [Trump’s] whole campaign — ‘Make America Great Again’ — was looking backward. You know, you didn’t like black people getting rights; you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs; you don’t want to, you know, see that Indian–American succeeding more than you are — you know, whatever your problem is, I’m gonna solve it.”
Clinton has previously attributed her defeat to racism, sexism, Russian interference, Comey’s letter, the Koch brothers, and a host of other factors beyond her control.