Angela Rye: Evangelical voters ‘can’t see women as head of a household’ — let alone the country
CNN commentator and former Congressional Black Caucus staffer Angela Rye said in an appearance on NPR’s Here and Now Wednesday that there were many factors in Donald Trump’s upset of Hillary Clinton in the polls Tuesday, but that part of the problem is the persistent sexism of some voters.
Host Robin Young pointed out that Clinton has been literally “demonized” by some on the right.
“I actually know anecdotally of some people in Washington, D.C. when I worked there in the 90s who actually thought — this was not a metaphor — they thought Hillary Clinton was Satan,” said Young.
“How much of it has to do with the fact that she’s a woman?” said Rye. “You just mentioned the religious right. Eighty-two percent of evangelicals could not support Hillary Clinton and did not support Hillary Clinton and that speaks volumes.”
She went on, “This is a swath of voters I have talked about at least on Twitter. They can’t see a woman being the head of a household. They can’t see a woman being the head of a church without it being a co-pastor or in a co-pastoring role with their husband. And they can definitely not see a woman being the head of the nation. And I think that’s something we really have to talk about.”
“Whether that’s blatant sexism or not,” she said, “what we do know is that white women voted for Donald Trump. He won the majority of white women votes.”
Listen to the segment, embedded below: