There is a conceit on the Left that Hillary lost because she’s a woman; and not because she is a corrupt, decrepit, dishonest left-wing politician with the charm of an IRS audit, the engaging demeanor of a Soviet bureaucrat, and the sincerity of a used car salesman who furthermore represented a continuation of the failed, warmed over socialism policies of Barack Obama.
So, as an experiment intended to demonstrate that Hillary was biased against on account of her sex, an NYU professor decided to restage a Hillary-Trump presidential debate with a woman reciting Trump’s lines and a man reciting Hillary’s. This would demonstrate, so the designers of the experiment thought, that the audience was biased to give Trump (as a man) more credit than Hillary (as a woman).
In fact, it demonstrated the opposite.
Many were shocked to find that they couldn’t seem to find in (the actor playing Male Hillary) what they had admired in Hillary Clinton–or that (the actress playing female Donald Trump)’s clever tactics seemed to shine in moments where they’d remembered Donald Trump flailing or lashing out. For those Clinton voters trying to make sense of the loss, it was by turns bewildering and instructive, raising as many questions about gender performance and effects of sexism as it answered…
We heard a lot of “now I understand how this happened” — meaning how Trump won the election. People got upset. There was a guy two rows in front of me who was literally holding his head in his hands, and the person with him was rubbing his back. The simplicity of Trump’s message became easier for people to hear when it was coming from a woman–that was a theme. One person said, “I’m just so struck by how precise Trump’s technique is.
No matter who said Hillary’s lines, they came across as robotic, prepackaged, pablum. (Because they were.) Whereas Trump’s lines came across as sharp. It was not because she was a woman.
Conservatives have never had trouble with women politicians. Margaret Thatcher was a conservative hero. But conservatives don’t embrace the idea that someone deserves to win just because she is a woman. Leftists believe that. And they believe you’re a misogynist for not also believing that.