The 2016 presidential election left many people dismayed and devastated. In a historic race, Donald Trump was elected over Hilary Clinton, and former First Lady, Michelle Obama is asking female voters how “we let that happen.”
On Saturday, Obama spoke at the United State of Women summit in Los Angeles and reflected on the 2016 election. She was critical of women and the role they played in the presidential election.
Obama said, “In light of this last election, I’m concerned about us, as women, and what we think about ourselves and about each other. What is going on in our heads where we let that happen.”
According to Obama, it has may boil down to the fact that women are still “suspicious” of each other, and also hold each other up to tougher standards than men.
Obama continued by explaining, “When the most qualified person running was a woman and look what we did instead, I mean, that says something about where we are, if we as women are still suspicious of one another, if we still have this crazy, crazy bar that we don’t have for men…if we’re not comfortable with the notion that a woman could be our president, compared to what?”
Why is Obama directing this message to women? According to an exit poll, 52 percent of white women voted for Trump. For women of color, close to 30 percent of women voted Trump into the White House.
And by voting for Trump, over Clinton, Obama believes women “voted against their own voice.”