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Swing vote

More white women voted for Donald Trump than for Hillary Clinton

By WITW Staff on November 10, 2016

If she had won, Hillary Clinton planned to deliver her victory speech beneath a glass ceiling to symbolize how her election would’ve been a breakthrough achievement for American women. But thanks in no small part to women voters, Clinton’s hopes, and those of her supporters, were shattered instead.

Clinton, the nation’s first woman presidential nominee from a major party, did manage to win 54 percent of the female vote against Donald Trump, the man who defended himself against women accusing him of sexual assault by questioning their attractiveness. Back when Obama won 55 percent of the female vote in 2012, his opponent Mitt Romney was castigated for his use of the phrase, “binders full of women.” In retrospect, that doesn’t seem so bad compared to revelations that Trump once called a Venezuelan beauty queen “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping” and boasted that he could “grab [women] by the p*ssy” because he is famous.

Trump did lose the female vote big amongst minority voters — 94 percent of black women voted for Clinton, as did 68 percent of Latino women, according to exit poll data. But nearly twice as many white women without college degrees voted for Trump than for Hillary, and of college-educated white women Hillary won by only a narrow margin — 51 percent supported Hillary, compared to 45 percent who supported Trump. Overall, 53 percent of white women voted for Trump, alongside 58 percent of white men who did so as well.

Trump’s success amongst white women, said Mikki Kendall, a feminist cultural critic, was evidence that many white women weren’t bothered by his comments toward women, and that they “don’t think racism is a big deal.”

“For them, it’s not real. They don’t have to worry about it, so you must be exaggerating. It’s Ivanka Trump [saying], ‘I’ve never had to deal with sexual harassment,’ and she’s only worked for her dad and companies she’s owned … It’s not like the patriarchy stops because you have a vagina,” Kendall explained.

On a post-election special of her late-night show, Full Frontal, Samantha Bee noted in her monologue that white people were the only demographic in which more people voted for Trump than Clinton. “Don’t try to distance yourselves from the ‘bad apples,'” said Bee. “If Muslims have to take responsibility for every member of their community, so do we.” She added, “Sixty-three percent of white men said, ‘If I can’t be in charge, burn it down — which surprised exactly no one.” Watch Bee’s full monologue below.

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