Self-proclaimed “women’s champion” Hillary Clinton is sorry-not-sorry that she called Trump supporters racist and sexist and said white women who voted for Donald Trump did so because they caved to pressure from their husbands, sons, or bosses.
Hillary tried to backpedal a bit on her inflammatory comments dismissing Trump supporters as backward hicks who live in poor areas of the United States, but her “apology” came off as insincere.
“I understand how some of what I said upset people and can be misinterpreted,” Clinton wrote in a lengthy Facebook post. “I meant no disrespect to any individual or group.” Hillary explained:
I said that places doing better economically typically lean Democratic, and places where there is less optimism about the future lean Republican. That doesn’t mean the coasts versus the heartland, it doesn’t even mean entire states. In fact, it more often captures the divisions between more dynamic urban areas and less prosperous small towns within states. As I said throughout the campaign, Trump’s message was dark and backwards looking.
Clinton made headlines last week after attacking Trump supporters while promoting her book in India, where she basically said the 61 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump hate women and minorities.
However, Hillary stood by her claim that white women who voted for Trump did so because they’re brainless bimbos who bowed to pressure from the men in their lives. Clinton explained on Facebook:
There is anecdotal evidence and some research to suggest that women are unfortunately more swayed by men than the other way around. As much as I hate the possibility, and hate saying it, it’s not that crazy when you think about our ongoing struggle to reach gender balance – even within the same household. I did not realize how hard it would hit many who heard it.
The two-time failed presidential candidate drew widespread bipartisan backlash over her comments, which many thought came across as condescending and misogynistic.
Even Democrats like Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois said Hillary’s comments were “not helpful,” either to herself or to Democrats.
“Thirty percent of the people who voted for Donald Trump had voted for President Obama,” Durbin told Fox News. “Why? The same people who looked for change with President Obama thought there wasn’t enough as far as their personal lives were concerned and they supported Donald Trump. That is a reality that Democrats must acknowledge.”