I am appalled by Donald Trump’s misogyny and narcissism but I think he won the presidential race in spite of those traits rather than because of them.
I don’t think Hillary Clinton lost because she was a woman and I simply don’t believe this:
Recently I met a man whose wife is a pilot for American Airlines. Occasionally, he told me, she flies with a female co-pilot. At those times, in certain parts of America, a male passenger will board the plane, see that the cockpit contains two women, and turn around and get off. He would rather not fly than travel in a plane in female hands. . .
On all but the smallest of planes it’s difficult if not impossible to see the pilots. Whether or not the door to the cockpit is open, one of the cabin crew stands in front of it as passengers enter.
How could someone get on, see both pilots, be more worried about their gender than getting to his destination, get off past the other passengers getting on and not trigger a full-scale terror alert?
The writer, Jennifer Egan continues:
We’ve watched Hillary bear, with dignity . .her shocking defeat by Donald Trump. She is a consummate leader: wry, forbearing, mature.
On election night she didn’t have the courage and composure to face her supporters.
Those hard-core Democrats, who would have worked very, very hard to help her win, had to make do with campaign manager John Podesta.
Failing to front wasn’t dignity.
It was putting herself before her supporters most of whom were volunteers who would have been just as upset as she was.
Failing to front wasn’t the act of a consummate leader.
It was a total lack of leadership.
It wasn’t wry, forbearing or mature.
It was the opposite.
She let her people down.
We were with Americans the weekend before the election. They said they didn’t like Trump but they didn’t trust Clinton.
Her election night failure to front her supporters gives credence to their doubts of her.
If she couldn’t do the right thing on election night, tough though it would have been, how would she have acted when faced with the even tougher tests a president must face?