In an interview with MSNBC's Joy Reid that aired Saturday morning, 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton said women who support Trump are "publicly disrespecting themselves."
Clinton said electing Barack Obama didn't end racism but it gave the country a chance to say, "we're better than this." With sexism, Clinton said, it is still not viewed as the "serious threat" it is to women's aspirations. She said losing white women to Trump was particularly "distressing."
Clinton admonished white women for not supporting her in larger numbers asking, "I think why are they publicly disrespecting themselves?"
"Why are they opening the door to have someone say that about them in their workplace, in a community setting? Do they not see the connection there? And I think that's one of the problems with sexism," Clinton said of their support for Trump.
"They don't really know what their own arguments are and number two they are opening that door even wider for sexism and misogyny to be used against them and people they love," she said about the white women who opposed her.
From Saturday's broadcast of AM JOY on MSNBC:
JOY REID, MSNBC: When you heard or watched on television and heard people, those guttural chants of lock her up, when you saw some of the truly awful things people were wearing on their bodies. You know, I can remember being in Cleveland and seeing women putting buttons and t-shirts on that used the b-word, the c-word about you. When you saw that, how did that make you feel?
HILLARY CLINTON: Well, it was deeply troubling on several levels. And I try to unpack this because first of all it's not pleasant to be called names and to be subjected to the kind of insults that come across the online media all the time, which we see when women express an opinion.
So on a personal level, it was both distressing, but also somewhat problematic because it's one thing for people individually to express to express those views, but for a candidate running for president of the United States to give permission to those views being put out into the public arena, in fact to encourage it and carry it on, to make it a centerpiece of his convention, which should be a time of incredible excitement to have somebody nominated for president and instead was dystopian and negative and very pointed against me.
The second level is when I see women -- and look, it's predominantly white women. Let's just be clear about that. I won women. I lost white women, though I got more white women's votes than President Obama did in 2012. So this is an ongoing challenge. But when I see women doing that, I think why are they publicly disrespecting themselves? Why are they opening the door to have someone say that about them in their workplace, in a community setting? Do they not see the connection there? And I think that's one of the problems with sexism.
We had such a public and still an ongoing movement to expand civil rights. Again, I'm proud of the progress, but we still have a lot of problems we have to confront. Because electing Barack Obama did not end racism, as we know all too well. But it gave the country a chance to say, hey, wait a minute, we are better than this.
With sexism, it is still not viewed as the serious threat it is to women's aspirations, to the ability of young girls to imagine themselves doing all kinds of things. So I'm happy to have people disagree with me. Say, 'You know what, I don't agree with her on health or the economy or immigration,' whatever they want to disagree with me about. But when they resort to sexism, that says number one, they don't really know what their own arguments are and number two they are opening that door even wider for sexism and misogyny to be used against them and people they love -- their daughters, their nieces, their sisters.