Thursday 19 October 2017

Why did women vote for sexist Trump? Blame Bill Clinton

Trump was no worse than the husband of the alternative - that's why women forgave his sins

Hillary Clinton, accompanied by husband Bill Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Hillary Clinton, accompanied by husband Bill Photo: REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Sarah Carey

Sarah Carey

Several years ago, I managed to wangle an invitation to a dinner in UCD when Bill Clinton was visiting Ireland. He gave an amazing speech; full of scientific, historical and literary references.

We're so used to seeing the folksy one-liners on the telly, I'd forgotten that he was a deeply intelligent man; well-read, cultured and insightful. He can quote reams of poetry, tell stories and see the magic in economics. And he radiates charm and charisma. Like a magnet. It was a big room, but as he finished the speech and prepared to leave, I had a rush to the head and decided there was no way I was letting him out of there until I shook hands with him.

I regret to say that resulted in an unseemly sprint in my heels, and a breathless, gushing greeting to the ex-President. When I got the coveted handshake and few words, I returned to my table triumphant and giddy, realising it was no wonder he was never short of women.

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