Election Recap: Loss of a Lifetime

ㅡ Jamie Mceachin, Head Copy Editor ㅡ

The presidential election of November 8, 2016 was a historic one: Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady of the United States was the first woman in the history of the United States of America to be the presidential nominee of a major political party.

Clinton’s lengthy political career has been marked by distrust and scandal, and this controversy is most likely what cost her the election she had worked towards for decades. “Emailgate” was the final nail in the coffin of a campaign that was well executed but ultimately unable to convince the American people of Clinton’s honesty and leadership. While Clinton’s loss can be blamed on the whispers of corruption shadowing her every action, at least a small part of her defeat can be found in the apparent acceptance of the rhetoric of Donald Trump, our next president.

Because Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign was anything but genderless, both as her own strategy and in response to Trump’s misogynistic remarks, her greatest advantage was also her greatest disadvantage: she is a woman, and that is a precarious thing to be when in the eye of the public. In her concession speech, Clinton says, “I’ve had successes, and I’ve had setbacks. Sometimes, really painful ones. Many of you are at the beginning of your professional, public, and political careers—you will have successes and setbacks too. This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.”

She went on to say, “Now, I know we have still not shattered that highest and hardest glass ceiling, but some day someone will—and hopefully sooner than we might think right now. And to all of the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams.”

Donald Trump’s victory blocked Clinton from shattering the final glass ceiling, something much of America was sure would be achieved that fateful Tuesday. Now, our country will once again wait for the first female president, who could be any one of the women living, working, and dreaming in this country.

(Header Photo Courtesy of Bastiaan Slabbers)