Michelle Obama has spoken about how the women that voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 Election, voted ‘against their own voice’. This was in reference to women choosing to vote for Donald Trump instead of Hilary Clinton. However, statistics show that in some categories only 3% of Black women voted for Trump; the lowest of any ethnic group.

Michelle Obama said this during a marketing conference in Boston, according to Boston.com.

“It doesn’t say much about Hillary, and everybody’s trying to worry about what it means for Hillary and no, no, no what does this mean for us as women?” she asked, as reported by the Washington Times. “That we look at those two candidates, as women, and many of us said, ‘He’s better for me. His voice is more true to me.’ To me that just says, you don’t like your voice. You just like the thing you’re told to like.”

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However, the voting preference can be analyzed further than simply gender. The exit polls show that there was a big shift in voting preference for women of different ethnic groups.

Quarts wrote:

Women did vote overwhelmingly to elect Clinton, but it was white women who helped hand Trump the presidency, according to Edison national election poll. Overall, 54% of women voted for Clinton, much higher than the 42% of women who voted for Trump. But when the women’s vote is divided by race, it becomes clear that black women actually largely drove the so-called gender gap against Trump.

Quartz also reported:

‘The majority of non-college educated white women (64%) voted for Trump, while 35% backed Clinton. This figure is far higher than non-college educated black women, of which only 3% voted for Trump, and non-college educated Hispanic women, of which 25% voted for Trump. Black, Hispanic and other non-white women backed Clinton in far greater numbers.’

Michelle Obama also went onto to speak on how she thinks Trump should be treated vs how the Republicans treated her husband former President Obama.

“We want the sitting President to be successful because we live in this country. He is our commander in chief, he was voted in,” she said, adding that she knows from experience that “it is very difficult to lead when you have a peanut gallery of people who don’t know what they’re talking about second-guessing what you do.”
“When you’ve been in that position, you see that most formers do take a step back, they do let the current holder of the office lead. You do step up when you’re asked, and you do try to make sure what you say is constructive,” she continued. “Now, like I said, there was a whole party that didn’t do that for my husband, a whole political party that did not, but what we’ve learned is part of our legacy is leading with grace.”
Some people have said that the Obama’s did/do not speak enough about race and racism enough. Especially when there is statistical evidence to back up a much-needed statement; during a time that would benefit from their eloquent thoughts and explanations.
To many, Trump’s statements were considered sexist. However, when he attacked Latinos, immigrants and had a history of racist allegations, it meant that some white people ignored the Trump’s sexism because his other attacks were not direct at them. This is why some women of colour are apprehensive towards feminism. Due to the fact that throughout history some people have claimed, there was only ‘white’ feminism, not the intersectional feminism ie inclusive feminism we have today.
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