Hillary Clinton has expanded on her earlier claim that sexism helped torpedo her 2016 campaign, stating more specifically this week that white women were scared off by their husbands, brothers, boyfriends and male employers.
"When women are serving on behalf of someone else, as I was when I was Secretary of State, for example, they are seen favorably," the twice-failed presidential candidate said this week in an interview with NPR.
She added, "But when they step into the arena and say, 'Wait a minute, I think I could do the job, I would like to have that opportunity,' their favorabilities goes down."
Clinton continued her conversation with NPR, recalling a recent conversation she said she had with Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, who told the former secretary of state that a woman's unpopularity is directly proportional to her success.
"Sheryl ended this really sobering conversation by saying that women will have no empathy for you, because they 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,'" Clinton said.
She added, "And we saw a lot of that during the primaries from Sanders supporters, really quite vile attacks online against women who spoke out for me; as I say, one of my biggest support groups, Pantsuit Nation, literally had to become a private site because there was so much sexism directed their way."
Her remarks this week are basically an updated and more detailed version of when she told New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof in April that "misogyny played a role" in her stunning defeat to Trump.
It's possible that some sort of deep-rooted cultural sexism or a shadowy conspiracy wherein men pressured white women into voting against the female candidate, contributed to Clinton's failure in 2016. It's also possible that she lost simply because she was a really bad candidate who made so many unforced errors, such as her recent suggestion that Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters are vicious sexists.
At any rate, President Trump won 42 percent of women last year, according to the Pew Research Center. I guess he owes a thanks to the husbands, brothers, boyfriends, and male employers of America.