by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
All of the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s comments during her speech in India has left me feeling nothing — because, let’s be honest, there’s nothing shocking about them.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Clinton spoke in India and described Trump voters as people who “didn’t like black people getting rights” and “don’t like women getting jobs,” before stating that white women voted for Trump not because they wanted to, but because they were pressured by their husbands.
Yes, she basically called half the country racist. Yes, she basically characterized women who voted for Trump as thoughtless vacuums for their husband’s opinions rather than as actual human beings. But I’m still kind of shocked that the comments made the news. Why? Because she has said these things before; we already know that she thinks this way.
During the election, Clinton said that “half” of Donald Trump’s supporters belonged to a “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic . . . basket of deplorables.” In an interview with NPR last year, she talked about women being “under tremendous pressure from fathers and husbands and boyfriends and male employers not to vote for ‘the girl.’” Despite the breathless news coverage, these comments weren’t really news so much as they were what we already know.
After the comments received backlash, Clinton insisted that she “meant no disrespect” by her comments — but she’s lying. Disrespect is exactly what she meant.