The result of the 2016 presidential election was widely thought to be a foregone conclusion: a historic victory for an extraordinarily well-qualified, experienced and admired candidate against an opponent seen as not just unelectable but unfit for office.
As we know, it didn’t work out like that. So how did Hillary Clinton lose? How did she come to be seen as a tool of the establishment, a chronic liar and a talentless politician?
In this masterful narrative of the 2016 campaign year, Susan Bordo unpacks the right-wing assault on Clinton and her reputation, the way she provoked the suspicion and indifference of a younger generation, and the unprecedented influence of the media.
I started reading this a while ago, but put it to one side because it was making me feel really sad! Then I started reading Post-Truth and thought that the two fit really well together.
This tells the story of how Hillary Clinton was fighting an uphill battle from way before she even won the Democratic nomination. There are explanations of double standards within the political system, misogyny, basic sexism, differing expectations, manipulations of facts and many more things that all added together meant that she didn’t really stand a chance.
We all know what happened in the 2016 Presidential contest and election, but this does an amazing job of explaining WHY things panned out in the way they did.
I admit that there is an obvious pro-Hillary bias here, but it can be seen that the timelines discussed=something pretty fishy…
Judge for yourselves. A highly recommended political read!
Finished on June 6th 2017
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