One of the most significant disappointments of the 2016 US Presidential Election, aside from the fact that Donald Trump won, was just how many white women voted for him.
In 2016, around 47% of white women voted for Donald Trump, infamous for “grabbing women by the pussy,” compared to the 45% that voted for Hillary Clinton, who could have been the first female President of the United States.
White women were more likely to vote against taking a step forward, against changing history forever, against creating inspiration for young girls everywhere, and more likely to vote in favour of the human embodiment of aggressive rich white male privilege.
By the time the 2020 election rolled around, Trump had spent four years adding strength to the argument that he was the single greatest danger to American women. He cut funding for women’s health and reproductive rights, blocked laws that strived for equal pay, changed the definitions of domestic violence and sexual assault, appointed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and consistently attacked Planned Parenthood, to name just a few of the fun choices he made while in office.
But still, in 2020, after everything he’s done, it seems like white women haven’t voted any differently to the way they did in 2016. In fact, it seems like even more white women voted for Trump this time - with exit polls indicating that 55% of white women voted for Trump in 2020. 55%!
It’s baffling to me. How is that possible? White women: how did we get even worse? How did white women not see that Trump was doing nothing for them, and making decisions that could potentially harm them?
It’s beyond disappointing. It’s beyond embarrassing. It’s shameful. It’s depressing.
The way I see it, two elections in a row, the majority of white women have chosen their privilege over anything and everything else. Whether consciously or unconsciously, they chose their whiteness over their womanhood; they chose white supremacy over their own fundamental rights. That’s the bottom line.
So, now what? Now that we know that we spent the last four years getting worse, what can we do? How can we improve? How do we change these demographics? How do we make sure that we’re fighting for and alongside marginalised communities rather than leaving them to do all the work?
For white women who would never vote for Trump - no matter where you are in the world - it’s time to stop acting like we’re not part of the problem. It’s time to start holding the other white women in our lives accountable. Have those conversations, no matter how uncomfortable. Use your access to that demographic and help change the statistics. I don’t want to be embarrassed anymore.Support Villainesse