London Forum

Women in the World panelists deconstruct what the heck happened in the U.S. presidential election

In the wake of Donald Trump’s stunning election win, Tina Brown’s conference series headed to London and discussed the similarities between Brexit and Trump — along with much, much more

Women in the World returned to the U.K. for its second London Forum of the year, presented in partnership with Edelman. Amid the shocking results of the 2016 U.S. election, this year’s Brexit vote and the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, Women in the World founder and CEO Tina Brown and her assembly of panelists examined how women can come together in such divisive times. The event was broadcast live on Facebook and can be seen in its entirety above.

After Brown welcomed the audience with some opening remarks, the first group of panelists dove into the issue that has sent shockwaves around the world: Donald Trump’s surprise upset over Hillary Clinton in the U.S. presidential election last week. MSNBC host and author Joy-Ann Reid, former longtime U.S. congresswoman from California Jane Harman, and journalist Zainab Salbi deconstructed what the heck happened on Election Day in the U.S. Tina Brown pointed out that 96 percent of black women voted for Clinton, but 53 percent of white women voted for Trump

The panel examined what was behind that phenomenon and explored what role the media played, if any, in assisting Trump’s rise — and what led to the widespread hatred of Hillary Clinton. Before the discussion concluded, the panelists answered Brown’s question: What did the election reveal about misogyny in America? The segment opens with a dramatic video montage summing up the 2016 presidential race and begins at the 10:43 mark of the video.

“When you lose your child, you lose your fear.”

At the 55-minute mark, the second panel begins as Zainab Salbi switches seats and moderates. She welcomed Bushra Awad, a Palestinian, and Robi Damelin, and Israeli, to the stage to talk about their heartbreaking stories — and the unlikely bond the two forged after each of their sons were killed in the Gaza war of 2014. 

“Even if you feel like you’ve been kicked in the gut, you don’t stay down. You never stay down.”

Tina Brown then returned to the moderator’s chair for the event’s final panel, a one-on-one discussion with Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party politician Ruth Davidson, who was name 2016 Scottish Politician of the Year. They talked about a range of topics including Davidson’s unlikely and extraordinary ascent into national politics after stints in the Army and as a BBC journalist. Of course, the U.S. election outcome was an impossible topic to avoid. So, Brown asked her, point-blank: After the Brexit vote, did she see the Trump win coming? The segment begins at the 1:20:00 mark. And the event can be viewed in its entirety at the top of this page.


Did you miss the 1st Women in the World London Forum? Watch it here

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