The 1 Person Hillary Clinton Definitely Doesn’t Want As the First Female President
Hillary Clinton nearly claimed the title of first female president of the United States, but was ultimately defeated by Donald J. Trump. Clinton took significant steps toward breaking the glass ceiling, and she’s undoubtedly hopeful that another qualified woman will, one day, become president.
However, there’s one particular woman in the Trump administration that she would never want to see in the role (page 6). Others have commented on this woman’s ambition to become president — but does she actually want the job for herself (page 11)?
Let’s take a quick look at what we know and how Clinton paved the way for the next female president.
1. Clinton has paved the way for the next female president
Clinton’s loss doesn’t mean another woman can’t be president. In fact, she’s paved the way to hopefully make it easier for the next woman candidate to run. Patti Solis Doyle, a Democratic strategist and campaign manager for Clinton in 2008, told Politico, “Hillary Clinton did not lose the presidency in 2016 because she is a woman. She was the wrong candidate for the time.”
Doyle added, “She personified the very institutions voters despised. Americans wanted more than change; they wanted disruption.”
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2. The odds are still low
Even though Clinton has paved the way, the odds are still against a woman being elected anytime soon. For starters, women make up just 20% of Congress and only six governors are women, according to sociologist Marianne Cooper.
Cooper explained, “If Clinton had won, women could have played key roles in her administration, positioning them for political candidacy; instead, Trump’s Cabinet has only four women.”
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3. Gender norms will need to be disrupted
When a qualified female candidate comes along again, voters will need to stop thinking about the presidency being a “masculine” position in order for her to be elected. Kelly Dittmar, assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University-Camden, told Politico, “Electing a woman will require disrupting gender norms and rethinking what counts as ‘presidential.'”
Even though Dittmar notes that “women and men alike have begun this work,” Trump’s win has set back their progress. She explained, “Donald Trump bolstered the idea of presidential masculinity in his rhetoric, behavior and even body language, and it resonated with many of his voters.”
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4. ‘Let’s nod less and cry more’
Clinton’s former head of communications during her presidential campaign, Jennifer Palmieri, believes that one day, a woman will become president. Her book, Dear Madam President: An Open Letter to the Women Who Will Run the World, delivers some advice to whoever that may be.
She explained to NPR that throughout Clinton’s campaign, their goal was to present her ability to “do the job the way a man would.” However, “That robbed her of a lot of her own authenticity.”
“The American public that elects you will already know you are strong, so if you sometimes tear up in public, it may help normalize the practice and make other women less reluctant to cry in the workplace,” Palmieri argues.
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5. Clinton doesn’t want Ivanka Trump to become president
Clinton and her former presidential campaign team may be hopeful for a female president. However, there’s one woman Clinton definitely doesn’t want to see in the role: Ivanka Trump.
Ivanka has reportedly expressed interest in running for president, but Clinton doesn’t think she even has a chance. When Clinton was told by a Dutch TV reporter that “apparently Ivanka Trump wants to be the first female president of the United States,” Clinton didn’t hesitate in her response.
She quickly shot down the idea, claiming, “That’s not going to happen — no.”
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6. ‘We don’t want any more inexperienced Trumps in the White House’
Clinton clarified just why she doesn’t think Ivanka will become the first female president. “We don’t want any more inexperienced Trumps in the White House,” she argued.
“Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice and shame on me.” Clinton added, “The American people have seen for themselves what happens when a reality TV candidate wins.”
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7. She feels a stronger resistance against the Trump administration
Clinton knows she isn’t alone in wanting the Trump family out of the White House. She attested, “I really believe there’s an enormous amount of pent-up energy to take our country back away from the Trump administration.”
She continued, “And I believe we’ve got a very good chance of winning the House of Representatives, which will begin the process of righting the ship of state.”
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8. Ivana Trump hopes her daughter will make history as POTUS
Trump’s first wife and Ivanka’s mother, Ivana Trump, clearly has different hopes for the first female president. In her 2017 memoir, Raising Trump, Ivana shared her belief that her daughter has a chance.
“Who knows? One day, she might be the first female — and Jewish — POTUS,” she wrote.
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9. Michael Wolff believes Ivanka wants the role
Michael Wolff, author of the now infamous book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, led his readers to believe Ivanka is interested in becoming the future female POTUS. Wolff wrote:
Balancing risk against reward, both Jared [Kushner] and Ivanka decided to accept roles in the West Wing over the advice of almost everyone they knew. It was a joint decision by the couple, and, in some sense, a joint job. Between themselves, the two had made an earnest deal: If sometime in the future the opportunity arose, she’d be the one to run for president. The first woman president, Ivanka entertained, would not be Hillary Clinton; it would be Ivanka Trump.
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10. The White House hasn’t commented on Ivanka’s desire to run
Although rumors have circulated about Ivanka’s desire to run for president someday, we haven’t received confirmation from the potential candidate herself. Plus, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders condemned Fire and Fury for being “filled with false and misleading accounts from individuals who have no access or influence with the White House.”
Whether or not that was regarding Ivanka’s desire to run, we’re not sure. We’ll just have to wait and see what the Trump family has planned, and find out if Clinton got the opinions of the American people right.
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11. A rough start in politics
When Trump announced that Ivanka and Kushner would be joining him in Washington as senior advisors in the White House, many folks across all parties raised their eyebrows. Though the businesswoman and her husband have been successful in industries like real estate and fashion, neither had any real experience in politics. Therefore, their hiring practically screamed nepotism.
From the beginning, Ivanka, in particular, has been scrutinized and questioned for being complicit in her father’s racial and anti-woman policies. She has tried to weasel her way out of being held responsible for her actions by pretending she doesn’t know what the word complicit means. She even told reporters, who asked her about the sexual misconduct allegations against her father, that they were inappropriate questions to ask.
Additional reporting by Aramide Tinubu.
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