Hillary Clinton indicted American society as broadly pathologized with “sexism” and “misogyny” in a Tuesday-published interview with Pod Save America (PSA), a show hosted by Obama-administration alumni Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, Daniel Pfeiffer, and Tommy Vietor.
Clinton was invited to offer “challenges [she] faced running [for president] as a woman," and discuss her new book, What Happened.
Partial transcript below (emphases added).
FAVREAU: You write in the book about the challenges you faced running as a woman. One silver lining of 2016 is that a record number of women have now decided to run for office. What advice would you give them about how to grapple with the kind of sexism that you grappled with during the campaign?
CLINTON: I’m so glad you started with that, Jon, because I wrote this book to explain what I think happened, but also to raise issues that I think we have to deal with so that they won’t have the same impact on the next election, and the one after that.
I write a whole chapter called “On Being A Woman In Politics,” because I was really quite taken aback at the attitude and the behavior of my general election opponent, because he made no bones about it, literally. He was so sexist; and, not just about me, but about his Republican woman opponent; women and reporters on TV and elsewhere. So, it was really a part of the atmosphere, and I want not just women but men as well to know this is endemic.
Sexism and misogyny are still endemic. We’ve made progress but we can’t allow ourselves to go backward.
And, as I point out in the book, it never was just about me. I happened to have the big bull’s eye on my head, but it was about women and in the months since, we’ve seen reports out of Silicon Valley and other businesses as well as politics where distinguished women like Elizabeth Warren, or Kamala Harris, or Kirsten Gillibrand or others in the media are being treated to a level of overt sexism which I thought we had at least diminished and maybe put a lid on, but it seems to have popped back up.
Listen to the segment below.
Clinton has repeatedly framed "sexism" and "misogyny" as prevalent attitudes across America; primarily linking them with Republicans, conservatives, right-wingers and other dissidents from left-wing orthodoxy. Democrats and the broader Left regularly echo this assertion.
Throughout the entire interview, Clinton refused to mention President Donald Trump by name.
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