Jess McIntosh, who worked as director of communications outreach for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, told MSNBC Monday that white women didn’t vote for the candidate due to “internalized misogyny.”
“All In” host Chris Hayes noted that, while women of color voted “overwhelmingly” for Clinton, the former secretary of state did only “a point better” among white women than President Barack Obama did in 2012.
Hayes asked McIntosh why Clinton failed to get more white women supporting her.
“Internalized misogyny is a real thing, and this is a thing we have to be talking about,” McIntosh replied.
“We as a society react poorly to women seeking positions of power,” she continued. “We are uncomfortable about that, and then we seek to justify that uncomfortable feeling because it can’t possibly be because we don’t want to see a woman in that position of power.”
McIntosh said “we'll figure out exactly what happened with turnout,” particularly among “white college-educated women.”
“But we have work to do talking to those women about what happened this year, and why, why, why we would vote against our self-interests,” she lamented.