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Marc Lamont Hill: Hillary’s Being ‘Dismissive’ To Women, Assuming They’ll Vote For Her Just Because She’s a Woman


Morehouse College Professor and CNN Commentator Marc Lamont Hill argued Democratic presidential candidate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is dismissively “beginning to take women voters for granted, that just because you’re a woman, you’re just going to vote for Hillary Clinton”on Friday’s “CNN Newsroom.”

Hill stated, “Hillary Clinton represents a certain kind of bourgeois liberal feminism that represents a certain sector of the public, but not all. The other thing is, women aren’t just voting to be first. Women are sophisticated voters. They don’t just want to vote a woman in because she’s a woman. They want someone who represents their broader interests, and for some, Bernie Sanders represents a kind of vision of American economics and American justice that’s different than Hillary Clinton. … And I think Hillary, again, made a mistake, she took voters for granted. In the same way that they took black voters for granted in 2008, I think they’re beginning to take women voters for granted, that just because you’re a woman, you’re just going to vote for Hillary Clinton. I think that’s dangerous. I think it’s dismissive, and I think [it] might just cause her a problem in some key states come Super Tuesday.”

Earlier, Hill said Democratic candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) isn’t polling well among African-American voters because “[T]he Clintons have a very strong connection to African-American communities. despite the fact that Bill Clinton undermined black prosperity during the ’90s through [the] crime bill, three strikes, Prison Litigation Reform Act, welfare reform many black people still consider him the original first black president, and because of that, they feel connected to the Clintons as a proxy. The second reason though, I think is one where we can be somewhat critical of Bernie sanders. Early on, Bernie sanders responded to calls from the black lives matter movement and other black advocates by saying, ‘Hey, I marched with King.’ Or ‘Hey, my economic justice program will lead to racial justice.’ In a sense, his critique felt dismissive and it felt a little condescending to people.”

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