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This piece out of NYU is absolutely fascinating. They had a female actor play Trump and a male one play Clinton in a reenactment of excerpts from the debates.
I love the honesty that these very liberal academics display. They expected to see the female Trump come off as less acceptable and the male Clinton to be more impressive. The opposite happened.
I don’t want to add too much to the piece, which is very thorough and insightful, but one thing struck me: the myth of sexism in actual daily life. The idea that it is more acceptable in 21st Century America for a man to condescend to and dismiss a woman the way Hillary did Trump as a matter of course in the debates.
These liberals saw what a lot of us saw: the eloquence of Trump’s simple message and the unlikability of Hillary Clinton. It seems like a lot of these liberals just admired Hillary for reasons of identity and liberal politics. This liberal cohort was never large enough to get an electoral college majority. Enjoy this piece and think about what it means. Comments are welcome.