By Gabrielle Seunagal
On Thursday, election loser, Hillary Clinton spoke at a women’s summit in New York. During her speech, she credited her election loss to misogyny and stated that “it had to be admitted.” Clinton also noted that she was struggling to find the underlying reasons. It is astounding that after 5 months, Clinton still has no idea as to why she lost the election. Her campaign was a flop for the following reasons: the American people did not like or trust her and she promoted horrific policies. Instead of blaming outside sources for her defeat, Clinton should look in the mirror. In the case of the 2016 election, she was her own undoing.
It is no secret that a plethora of voters strongly disliked Clinton. In August, her unfavorability skyrocketed. With women, her favorability decreased by nine points, 16 points with Hispanics, and 13 points with liberals. These groups were predicted to have rallied behind her, but the opposite occurred. Clinton was uncharismatic and untrustworthy. It had absolutely nothing to do with her gender, but everything to do with her policies and countless scandals. In fact, if it weren’t for Clinton being a woman, she would have had zero chance at winning the election. Being a woman is what gave Clinton her only advantage during the race. Many Americans voted for Clinton because of her gender.
Clinton’s unpopular policies are what put the final nail in her coffin during the 2016 election. She opposed the second amendment, supported illegal immigration, and wanted to raise taxes on America’s job creators. Clinton failed to connect with the people of this nation and her stances on the issues indicated that she was woefully out of touch with the desires of the American people. She can blame misogyny all she wants, but Clinton only has herself to blame. Donald Trump’s plan resonated with the American people and that’s why he won the election.
If Clinton still does not understand that she is to blame for her election loss, then she never will. She was a big government hack, engulfed by scandals of her own creation, and yet she arrogantly believed that the American people would select her to be our leader. She displayed her lack of fitness to be President over a period of decades and voters did not forget on Election Day.
What are your thoughts on why Clinton lost the election?