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Dear Hillary Clinton,

As I read the transcript from your NPR interview, I was taken aback. That is saying it simply.

“And Sheryl ended this really sobering conversation by saying that women will have no empathy for you, because they will be under tremendous pressure — and I’m talking principally about white women — they will be under tremendous pressure from fathers and husbands and boyfriends and male employers not to vote for “the girl.””

I find it frustrating that a so-called feminist would suggest that women are not capable of thinking for themselves. That we would allow the pressure of the men in our lives to impede on our ability to make our own decisions when it comes to the ballot. To be quite honest, I also find it funny, as a single, unmarried young woman who comes from a family of Democrats, but blaming it on men is just easier, right?

“I do think that for a lot of young women, gender is just not the motivating force that maybe it will be in the future.”

I pray that identity politics do not follow the trends of becoming popular in the future. Your gender had no influence on my vote, Mrs. Clinton. Voting for you solely based on your gender would mean forgoing the policy positions I care about in order to fit an agenda. Young conservative women care about more than the gender on your birth certificate. They care about where you stand on abortion, tax reform, and immigration. We wanted to know why you don’t believe in the sanctity of human life as you take a pro-choice position. Why you allowed soldiers to die in Benghazi. Yes, still waiting for an honest and real answer on that one.

You don’t get to claim the title as the first female President by exploiting the “female” aspect. You earn that title by hard work, effective communication of your message, and not relying on identity politics to pull in young voters.

In this interview, you also had the guts to discuss matters relating to the Voter I.D laws in Wisconsin – my home state. Last time I checked, you didn’t campaign here. You assumed you had the vote. Don’t blame an honest system that protects the integrity of our elections for your lack of campaigning. Voting for a candidate who feels entitled to my vote under the assumption of a previous election will not happen.


READ: 15 Reasons Women Didn’t Vote For Hillary Clinton


“So if I won, you know, I would have been seen as a genius, my campaign would have been as perfect. I understand all of that. But I’m not writing this book, I’m not talking to you about it because I’m somehow aggrieved. I don’t feel that at all.”

With all due respect, perfection does not exist in a world as broken as ours, Mrs. Clinton. Even if you had won the election, there were still many flaws in your campaign. The emailsemails, the unanswered questions from your time as Secretary of State, the entitlement you felt from believing that young women would vote for you because of your gender.

While I have not had the pleasure to read your book yet, I can imagine that it is a sum of the stump speeches you have been given since the election. All of them. Including the interview that prompted me to write this. For someone who supposedly doesn’t care, you sure don’t seem to act that way.

As a young woman, I couldn’t find a good reason to vote for you or even begin to try to support you as the first female nominee of a major political party. You lost both my vote and my demographics votes because you assumed that we didn’t care about policy, that gender was the driving factor of choice on the ballot. That’s what happened.

As you continue to parade around, stretching out the publicity of your loss, I urge you to stop blaming others. Stop blaming others for the mistakes your campaign made. You are allowing your political career to be defined by a loss, instead of the highlights. Regardless of agreeing with you or not, one should not want to have their public life defined by a loss.

Sincerely,

One of the women who didn’t vote for you

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