Sunday 23 July 2017

Clinton lost because people do not like to be lectured by over-privileged, out-of-touch elites

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh earlier this week. Photo: REUTERS/Chris Keane
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks at a campaign rally in Raleigh earlier this week. Photo: REUTERS/Chris Keane
Mary Kenny

Mary Kenny

Most commentators seemed to believe that Hillary Clinton was a shoo-in for the American presidential election in 2016: but the first doubt was planted in my own mind after a conversation in New York in the spring.

Esther was a classical New York Democrat: a near-contemporary of Hillary Clinton with a special interest in the arts. Her Jewish family had been in the clothing business when she was growing up.

"But the garment trade has been completely destroyed in New York," she said. "No item of clothing in any store is now made in America. Everything comes from China or overseas."

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