At least one liberal union boss can’t face facts: Voters did not reject Hillary Clinton because she’s a woman. Rather, they rejected Hillary Clinton.
When the American Federation of Teachers union endorsed then-candidate Hillary Clinton in 2015, the decision was immediately met with a backlash from its membership.
“Within hours teachers demanded fellow members to contact AFT and demand they rescind the Hillary Clinton endorsement,” wrote education blogger and Washington Teachers’ Union Vice President Candi Peterson last year.
Despite the backlash, however, with long-time Clinton friend Randi Weingarten at its helm, the AFT stayed firmly in Clinton’s camp…all the way to the end.
As the world now knows, Clinton lost the election to Trump.
More importantly though, based on exit polls, Clinton did not do nearly as well as many expected she would with one key segment of voters: Women.
For example, while Clinton won union households nationwide by just eight percentage points: 51% to Trump’s 43%, she only carried white, college-educated women by a mere 51% to 45%.
Among white women without a college degree, however, Trump won handily: 63% to Clinton’s 34%.
However, rather than accept the fact that American voters—including a significant portion of women—rejected Clinton due to a myriad of factors (e.g., Benghazi, her ties to Wall Street and her email controversy, to name just a few), the AFT’s Randi Weingarten is postulating that Clinton lost because she’s a woman and American voters are “sexist.”
AFT President Randi Weingarten, whose union represents about 1.6 million teachers and other workers, said some of the reason for Clinton’s defeat was timing — and perhaps sexism.
“Frankly I was always concerned about whether the country was ready to have a female president,” she said. “There was an intensity of hatred that male political figures never get. So I think we’re never really going to understand it.”
Despite the fact that Weingarten’s theory does not make sense given how well Republicans did by retaining the majority in the House and Senate, as long as liberals like Weingarten attribute Clinton’s loss to ‘sexism’ makes it less likely Democrats will fully understand what put Donald Trump into the White House.
Trump’s victory was not a mandate for Trump necessarily, but a sound rejection of Clinton.
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