By Itunuoluwa Adebo
Hilary Clinton in her first interview since losing the 2016 elections, said misogyny played a role in her election loss. Clinton said at the Women in the World summit “spends a lot of time wrestling” with the fact that 53% of white women voted for Trump and the impact of her gender on her loss. “Certainly misogyny played a role,” she said.
In a wide-ranging interview, Clinton also called for US intervention in Syria spoke about how being an ambitious woman had turned her into “Typhoid Mary”, and called for a bipartisan investigation into Russian interference in the election. She also called out politicians on both sides to “start acting like patriotic Americans” by investigating Russian involvement in the election.
“What was done to us was an act of aggression and it was carried out by a foreign power under the control of someone who has a deep desire to dominate Europe and to send us into a tailspin,” Clinton said at the Women in the World summit.
The former secretary of state explained that she believed Russian’s interference was “the weaponization of information” in the form of “a thousand agents, bots and trolls” and that an independent, non-partisan investigation was needed. “I’m hopeful Congress will pull together and realize because of the success the Kremlin feels it had, they’re not going to go away,” she said.
When asked if Syria policy had been the biggest mistake of Obama’s administration. “I thought we should have done more at that point,” she said. She noted that most of the civilian deaths came because of airstrikes and argued that more could still be done to stop Assad’s airforce and protect civilians.
“I really believe we should have and still should take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them,” said Clinton.