In a remarks made at a marketing conference in Boston on Wednesday, former first lady Michelle Obama said that women who voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election were misguided at best.
“Any woman who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice,” Mrs. Obama said. “It doesn’t say much about Hillary – everybody’s trying to worry about what it means for Hillary and no, no, no: What does this mean for us as women? That we look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said, ‘He’s better for me. His voice is more true to me.’ To me that just says, you don’t like your voice. You just like the thing you’re told to like.”
In essentially presenting women – white women, in particular – as drones who just voted for the candidate their husband instructed them to vote for, Mrs. Obama echoed the thoughts of Hillary Clinton herself. In an interview with NPR last week, Clinton said she’d had a conversation with a social psychologist who warned her the she wasn’t going to get the female vote to come out and support her the way Obama had been able to count on the black vote.
“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,’” she said.
And in another interview – this one with AM Joy – Clinton said that women who supported Trump despite his supposedly sexist comments were only working against their own interests.
“When I see women doing that, I think – Why are they publicly disrespecting themselves?” she said. “Why are they opening the door to have someone say that about them in their workplace? In a community setting? Do they not see the connection there?”
Okay, so here’s what’s going on here, other than the usual sour grapes. Michelle O. and Hillary are furious that women – white married women, especially – refuse to buy into the Democratic Party’s only serious rhetorical weapon, which is identity politics. And in expressing that fury, they are no different from most liberals, who see no one as a greater enemy than someone who “votes against their own interests.” By which they mean, someone who votes against “their group.” Whether it’s conservative women, conservative blacks, conservative gays, or any other group that’s “supposed” to vote for Democrats, they are utterly vilified by the left. Even if – as is often the case – their interests ARE supported by voting for the Republican.
If every American voted as an individual, there wouldn’t BE a Democratic Party. So any minority that has the gall to reject the propaganda will always be smeared as a traitor by people like Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton.
But somehow we doubt this public shaming will make the women who voted for Trump any more likely to support the next Democrat.