Democrats just can’t escape their Hillary Clinton problem.
During a recent trip to India, Clinton gave a speech that echoed her long-held disdain for Trump voters and resurfaced the idea that women voted for Trump because they were pressured by men.
But first she compared herself to a maternal figure who was just looking out for children who didn’t know any better.
She said, “She ran the presidential campaign like a mother who was telling the kids to eat spinach because it was good for health while the other guy was asking them to go eat fast food and have ice-cream,” India Today reported.
The maternalistic viewpoint speaks volumes about how she sees voters, She assumes that we need tending to and overseen rather than empowered. And she believes we cannot make choices for ourselves because, like children, we are shortsighted and demand immediate gratification.
But the worst was yet to come. Clinton then reduced America into caricatures, with the regions that voted for her as “optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward” while regions that voted for Trump “and his whole campaign ‘Make America Great Again’ was looking backwards.”
“You know,” she continued, “you didn’t like black people getting rights, you don’t like women, you know, getting jobs, you don’t want it, you know, see that Indian-American succeeding more than you are. Whatever your problem is, I’m going to resolve it.”
If anything the comments show that Hillary Clinton was never remorseful about her labeling Trump of supporters as a “basket of deplorables” characterized by racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic” views. If anything, she’s doubling down on them.
So too has she decided to go all in on the idea that women who voted for Trump are simply incapable of thinking and acting for themselves. In an interview with NPR last year she said that women were “under tremendous pressure from fathers and husbands and boyfriends and male employers not to vote for ‘the girl.’” But at least those comments left some room for a woman’s agency. Not anymore.
“We do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married, white women,” Clinton said in India. “And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”
As Katherine Timpf writes for National Review, women should be offended:
After the comments received backlash, Clinton insisted that she “meant no disrespect” by her comments — but she’s lying. Disrespect is exactly what she meant. . . .
Telling a woman that she’s incapable of thinking for herself — that she’s not an autonomous, opinion-having human, but a mere vessel for her husband’s opinions — is essentially calling her a brainless moron, and that absolutely is disrespectful. She intended to disrespect these people, the same segment of the population that she’s been very open about disrespecting, and there’s nothing surprising about seeing it.”
What Clinton misses is that there are myriad reasons why millions of Americans opted to vote for Trump. Want to know one of them? Look no further than the economic jolt that rural America is currently enjoying:
During Trump’s first year, the new Brookings data show, the smaller places at the core of the contemporary Republican coalition showed a marked economic upturn. In 2017, non-metro areas accounted for almost 17% of new job creation — nearly four times their share from 2014-2016. The smallest metros improved more modestly, from about 3% of new jobs in the earlier period to 4.5% in 2017. The mid-sized metros saw a small increase in their share over that period (from 13.7% to 14.7%).
While Democrats like Hillary Clinton continue to tear down rural Americans, labeling them as backwards simpletons who need a national mom to make decisions on their behalf, Republicans are working to rebuild small towns across America. Democrats may be happy to cede these voters, who once made up the foundation of their party, to the GOP, but can they at least treat them with a modicum of decency and dignity?