Noah Rothman: In 2016 Donald Trump Was Victim of Reverse Sexism
The media goes off tilt whenever Hillary says anything other than ‘I lost because I really, really, really suck.’
“I know what the reaction to this will be, because it’s the reaction every time she talks about this subject: “Why won’t you say how much you suck? Say it! Say it!” Everyone always clamors for her to don a hair shirt, which they don’t seem to ask of other candidates who lose. And also, Comey really did do it.”
The media’s narrative is that Hillary lost because she was a terrible candidate who ran a terrible campaign. Perhaps she was the worst candidate ever and ran the worst campaign ever. After all she lost to Donald Trump.
Of course, Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush lost to him as well, and in much more humiliating fashion. Jeb got 3 percent and Rubio lost his own home state by 20 points. But the media still considers Little Marco to be a great candidate-the Cuban Obama, the GOP Obama.
The media no doubt overcompensates so as to obscure their own terrible coverage.
What were ethics of Wikileaks coverage? What role did Clinton's gender play? Tough questions! Easier to say Clinton dug her own grave. 3/3
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) May 2, 2017
Another narrative you hear a lot is that her ground game failed-Silver debunked this zombi argument back in February.
“Clinton’s Ground Game Didn’t Cost Her The Election”
“Reporters gave Clinton’s field operation too much credit before. Now it’s getting too much blame.”
Note that Silver also mentioned sexism in the tweet above, and no reason for Hillary’s loss seems to invite the disdain of the media more than the idea that sexism played a meaningful part.
They see that as the most flimsy of excuses. Indeed, all of Hillary’s haters on the Bernie Left and Trump Right-to say nothing of the Glenn Thrush media, seem to on some level see her as a purely affirmative action candidate in the first place.
Remember when Trump said if she wasn’t a woman she would not have gotten 5% of the Democratic primary vote? Bernie doesn’t put things in quite as unrefined way as Trump does but he too spoke dismissively of ‘I’m a woman, vote for me.’
The conservative writer, Noah Rothman takes it one step further: not only did Hillary not suffer from sexism, she benefitted from reverse sexism. In other words, her gender helped her. In other words, women are too advantaged in our politics. That’s obvious-what else can explain 45 male Presidents and no female?
“Were you a victim of misogyny and why do you think you lost the majority of the white vote?” Amanpour asked. “The books coming out in the fall,” Clinton answered unhesitatingly: “Yes, I do think it played a role.” One wonders how misogynistic the country was on November 8 if, just 12 days later, Clinton believes she would have won.
“It is remarkably coincidental that the specter of misogyny was raised in the first question Hillary Clinton was asked at a hastily-arranged press conference at the United Nations in March of 2015, following the discovery of her secret server. “If you were a man today, would all this fuss being made be made?” asked a Turkish reporter. In her response, Clinton was coy: “I will leave that to others to answer.” Clinton need wait no longer for an answer.”
What would be so remarkable for that rather than another question being asked? And there’s actually very good reason to suspect that if she were a man there wouldn’t be all this fuss over a private server: Mike Pence anyone? Jeb Bush? Scott Walker?
How about the fact that the entire Trump WH uses a private RNC server and yet there is zero coverage of it rather than this.
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 24, 2017
“Earlier this year, the international business school INSEAD organized an experiment in which two professors of educational theater tested the proposition that Clinton suffered as a result of the public’s inherent anti-female bias. With a man playing the part of Clinton and a woman playing Donald Trump, the experiment revealed something shocking: Clinton was being judged unfairly—the audience was grading her more positively than she deserved based on her gender. “I developed empathy for people who voted for [President Trump] by doing this project, which is not what I was expecting,” said one of the experiment’s crafters.”
I’m pretty skeptical of this study as other studies have shown quite differently. As it is, she got the worst coverage of any candidate; presumably Rothman thinks this is despite her being advantaged by being a woman.
What Rothman is trying to claim is that her gender was actually an asset in 2016-which is patently absurd. If you believe we’re in a post gender era where it actually helps to be a woman in politics then it’s not a post gender era as they clearly don’t.
Overall, the media refuses to get it about sexism with very few exceptions.
Kudos to @PrestonCNN for calling out sexism against Hillary. Very rare for a mainstream media figure to do so forcefully and directly.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) May 2, 2017
Thank you. 1 mother, 1 wife, 1 daughter, 3 sisters, and many friends. A person's sex, color, creed, age etc .. shouldn't matter. https://t.co/nfSbGeLdEg
— Mark Preston (@PrestonCNN) May 3, 2017
This really does deserve kudos and it is so rare. I followed him immediately.
You can tell we aren’t beyond sexism just based on the derisive reaction of most Beltway pundits to the very idea that sexism could have mattered.
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