During a discussion at the India Today Conclave on Saturday, Clinton was asked why she thought most white women voted for Trump, even after the Access Hollywood tape and claims of sexual misconduct weeks before the election.
[Democrats] do not do well with white men, and we dont do well with married, white women. 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, she said.
Also, it’s another deplorables swipe without saying the word. The rural areas are full of country bumpkins and racists, who aren’t educated like us highly educated, morally superior, and insufferably snobby people. I may have lost, but I won the real Americans in November 2016. No—you didn’t, lady. You just lost. Is there some solace in how close it was in some states? Maybe—but you still lost. That’s like saying, well, we lost the football game but we scored four touchdowns—the ones that really mattered. It embodies how the professional left has taken over the Democratic Party, who are anti-rural, hate rural voters, yet totally unaware that rural voters are the folks they desperately need to win back. Take a look at Texas. Democrats cast a lot of ballots in the primaries last Tuesday. Why were there over 500,000 more Republican votes cast? Rural Texas is a GOP stronghold. Rural voters are movable. They will vote Democratic if you give them a reason, have an agenda that isn’t something out of far left social justice warrior’s diary, and have quality candidate who can a) win; and b) doesn’t bash them for being less than those coastal elites. So, take notes rural and Trump voters. Democrats think you’re less than, live in backwards, Deliverance-esque surroundings, and are just relics of an old America that should die out and be relegated to economic destitution. Anyone remember when she wanted to put coalminers out of business?
Clinton also said she was winning with white women — but lost momentum after then-FBI Director James B. Comey released a letter saying the agency was looking into additional emails from Clintons private server.
The former Democratic presidential nominee is correct that white women usually choose Republicans in presidential elections; theyve done so since 2004. And most white women without college degrees have backed the Republican in every presidential election since 2000.
And, like it or not, the second part of her statement may not be wrong.
If we were to apply something to go with her second almost trip up down the stairs, it would be her explicitly anti-rural bias. I won the coasts, the cities, and a few states in between—you know the real places that matter in America. Northeastern elitism reeks with these remarks. I know—I grew up in the Northeast and let me tell you, these people don’t know that some folks in this country still need to hunt in order to survive, especially during the winter. No, hunting didn’t just stop after the colonial era and the days of Daniel Boone.
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Clinton has made comments like these before and has been criticized for them because they appear to place the blame for her loss on white womens inability to think independently about their vote. But there are studies that show that how white women vote, especially those who are married, is highly influenced by the politics of their husbands.
Oregon State University assistant professor Kelsy Kretschmer co-wrote a study examining womens voting patterns. We know white men are more conservative, so when youre married to a white man you get a lot more pressure to vote consistent with that ideology, she told the Guardian last year.
In the study published in Political Research Quarterly, Kretschmer and her co-authors wrote:
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Women consistently earn less money and hold less power, which fosters womens economic dependency on men. Thus, it is within married womens interests to support policies and politicians who protect their husbands and improve their status.
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This and other studies also show that other factors influence why white women vote for conservative politicians. White women are much more likely to be married than women of other demographic groups. And married women are more likely to support traditional values, both culturally and economically.
A study from the Institute for Social and Economic Research reported that wives in general vote in ways that support their husbands economic interests. And most men voted for Trump in 2016 with many citing his economic policies as a major factor as to why.
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And Julie Kohler, who holds a Ph.D. in family social science, wrote that a vote for the Republican party is often deemed as the most logical one for married women — especially when factoring in race and faith.
“Systemic influences like marriage and evangelical Christianity interact with white supremacy to influence white womens political behavior, through the explicit ideologies they propagate and the more insidious ways they reflect and perpetuate other structural inequalities,” the senior vice president for the Democracy Alliance, a progressive donor network wrote in the Nation.
But economics also play a huge factor, something Clinton and others criticizing pro-Trump womens votes dont often acknowledge.
“The gender pay gap, for example, has the practical effect of privileging mens careers—particularly white mens—over womens and yoking white womens economic interests to their husbands. So for some married white women, a vote for the Republican candidate may appear to be the self-interested choice,” Kohler added.
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The obvious pushback to Clintons comments would be that she and other Democratic candidates failed to present a platform that helps assuage white womens cultural and economic anxieties about the direction of the country following the Obama administration. And it is common for husbands and wives to share similar politics making the need for husbands to pressure their wives politically obsolete.
This is the argument Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, made at a post-election conference at the Harvard Kennedy School, saying women supportive of Trump didnt allow his offensive comments about women to distract them from his economic message.
Voters were being told constantly, Stare at this, care about this, make this the dealbreaker once and for all,” NPR reported her saying. And they were told that five or six times a week about different things. And yet they went, they voted the way voters have always voted: on things that affect them, not just things that offend them.
“But I have got to tell you some hard truths.” McCain explained. “The Clintons are a virus in the Democratic party. You have to move on. If this is your messaging going into 2020. Joy agrees.”
Ultimately, Clinton won the overall female vote, something Trump falsely claimed he won at a Pennsylvania rally on Saturday. But 52 percent of white women voted for him, according to exit polls.
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But if the GOP wants to win nonwhite female voters, perhaps its best for the president to focus on his standing with all women in 2018 instead of reminiscing about 2016, especially as his party faces potentially tough midterms. Trumps overall approval rating with women has decreased over the past two months, according to Gallup.
“I thought it was time for them to back off right now, right now,” Behar replied. “I don’t think they’re helping the party right now.”
Christian evangelical women, members of the bloc that backed Trump most strongly, have backed away from the man some evangelical leaders have called their dream president.
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According to data the Pew Research Center provided to The Washington Post, support for Trump among white evangelical women in polls has dropped about 13 percentage points, to 60 percent, compared with about a year ago. That is even greater than the eight-point drop among all women.
And Trumps support with white women has dropped. Many of these women — white, married, suburban — backed Trump after the presidents daughter Ivanka Trump and other surrogates convinced these women that Trumps agenda was the best for traditional families.
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Despite 47 percent of white women approving of Trump in an April Post-ABC poll, that number dropped to 37 percent in a January Post-ABC poll.
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But even those women who supposedly were drawn to Trumps message because of their economic anxiety — white women without college degrees — are less supportive of him. More than 6 in 10 — 61 — percent of white women without a college degree backed the president, but now less than half — 43 percent — approve of Trumps job performance, according to the Post poll.
Just as in the elections since the 2016 presidential one, many eyes will be on Tuesdays Pennsylvania House race. And one of the groups many Americans will be watching will be the women who voted for Trump.
Statewide elections in Alabama, Virginia and other states show that even outside presidential elections, white women continue to vote for Trumps party, according to exit polls. But with Trumps favorability continuing to decline with some of the women who supported him the most, there could be a bit of a shift in numbers in the upcoming midterms if the GOP continues to struggle with white women.
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Hillary Clintons trip to India is evoking memories from her failed 2016 bid for president, as the Democrat makes headlines for blaming racism and misogyny for her loss while taking stumbles in front of the cameras.
During her appearance in India over the weekend, Clinton claimed she lost the 2016 presidential race in part because white women didnt stand up to the men in their lives pressuring them to vote for Donald Trump.
We do not do well with white men and we dont do well with married, white women, Clinton said at a conference in Mumbai, 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.
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Clinton had been asked why about 52 percent of white women voted for Trump, despite the Access Hollywood tape showing him using vulgar language in the days before the election.
Interviewed on stage by India Today editor-in-chief Aroon Purie, Clinton accused Trump of running a backwards campaign that appealed to racists and misogynists.
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"I won the places that represent two-thirds of Americas gross domestic product, Clinton said. So I won the places that are optimistic, diverse, dynamic, moving forward. And his whole campaign, Make America Great Again, was looking backwards."
She claimed Trumps message to voters was: You know, you didnt like black people getting rights, you dont like women, you know, getting jobs. You dont want, you know, to see that Indian American succeeding more than you are.
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During the campaign, Clinton apologized for her "basket of deplorables" remark, where she argued Trumps supporters were driven racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic" beliefs.
Meanwhile, The American Mirror published video online showing Clinton slipping twice as she fell down the stairs during her tour.
Clintons health was a topic of conversation throughout the 2016 presidential election, after having public coughing spells and staggering during a health "episode" at a Sept. 11 memorial service in New York City.
In October, Clinton fell down the stairs in London while on book tour and broke a toe.
Alex Pappas is a politics reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @AlexPappas.