Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright got all kinds of blowback for saying that "there is a special place in Hell" for women who didn't support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
But it appears that Hillary Clinton agrees with Ms. Albright–she writes in her new book that she refuses to "give absolution" to women who failed to vote for her. An item notes:
“Since November, more than two dozen women — of all ages, but mostly in their twenties — had approached me in restaurants, theaters, and stores to apologize for not voting or not doing more to help my campaign,” she writes. “I responded with forced smiles and tight nods.”
Clinton then recounts a moment when a mother dragged her daughter by the arm to apologize to the former secretary of state for not voting. She notes chillingly that the girl had her head “bowed in contrition.” But instead of feeling sorry for the girl being humiliated before her, Clinton says she wanted to pile on.
“I wanted to stare right in her eyes and say, ‘You didn’t vote? How could you not vote?! You abdicated your responsibility as a citizen at the worst possible time! And now you want me to make you feel better?’” she said. “Of course I didn’t say any of that.”
While a majority of women voted for Clinton, she failed to win a majority of white women — who voted instead for Trump. It is clear from the book that Clinton, whose campaign never missed an opportunity to remind voters that she would be the first female president if she won, was stung by this particular data point.
“These people were looking for absolution that I just couldn’t give,” she wrote. “We all have to live with the consequences of our decisions.”
What kind of woman drags another up to Hillary Clinton to apologize for not voting for her? It sounds like a form of re-education camp.
Most women who didn't vote for Mrs. Clinton will gladly, I daresay, live with the improved economy and lifting of regulations that helped the economy along.
Women, like men, sift through a number of factors in deciding how, or even if, to vote in an election. Mrs. Clinton still doesn't get it.