What do the words "crook," "liar" and "bitchy" have in common?
All have been used by voters to describe Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in recent polling and focus group surveys.
While "crook" and "liar" were among the many terms, both positive and negative, voters associated with Clinton in a recent Quinnipiac poll, "bitchy" was used by one MSBNC focus group member in New Hampshire, a key primary state.
The voter, identified in the focus group as "Shannon," made the comment while making the case that Clinton's "scorn[ful]" tone could seen as "off-putting," especially among male voters.
"I think my opinion is a little more general just in that she speaks a little more articulately about her positions without having that edge and that scorned, kind of, woman thing. That's a little off-putting," Shannon told the focus group's moderator, Mark Halperin.
"I think that can put off a lot of male voters," she added.
Halperin pressed Shannon to explain her thought further.
“You know, when she’s — I don’t want to use the word," Shannon responded, laughing.
The focus group participant then whispered the word "bitchy" to describe the Democratic presidential candidate.
"It's that, like, 'Women need to be equal!'" Shannon said of the tone coming from Clinton. "I mean, I just, I don't feel unequal."
“I agree. I don’t feel unequal. I don’t feel I’ve had a job where I feel unequal to my male counterparts," another female participant said. "So it’s not an issue that speaks to me.”
A male participant then spoke up, saying that he likes Clinton, while acknowledging what could be her downfall.
"She has that condescending ... and I can see that causing gridlock," the male voter added.
"I don't even think its condescending," Shannon responded. "I'm thinking it's more like ... 'I'm a woman. I deserve it.'"
(H/T: American Mirror)
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