Despite Clinton’s loss, Jennifer Palmieri, who is releasing a book on Tuesday titled “Dear Madam President,” said the first female Democratic nominee for president did break the glass ceiling, but it took her awhile to realize it.
Hillary Clinton’s former communications director Jennifer Palmieri on Monday cited sexism as a key factor in why the 2016 Democratic nominee for president lost the election.
“Fundamentally, I think there’s just something they find suspicious in a woman looking to succeed,” Palmieri told NBC “Today” host Megyn Kelly in a conversation about Clinton’s loss.
Kelly asked if Clinton’s role as the former first lady and being associated with the Whitewater controversy, as well as the email server and Democratic National Committee email scandal, were not factors in her loss.
“I think that a man would have survived that [email scandal] and I think that there was going to be something in the campaign that ended, the emails, if it weren’t the emails, it would have been something else,” Palmieri explained.
“She’s always been stepping a little outside of the box and I just think that’s how it manifests itself, is that people, she vexes them, they don’t know what to think of her,” she added.
Despite Clinton’s loss, Palmieri, who is releasing a book on Tuesday written to future women leaders titled “Dear Madam President,” said the first female Democratic nominee for president did break the glass ceiling, but it took her awhile to realize it.
“I felt it might not have been a glass ceiling that shattered that night, but something exploded. And I feel like we are in a new universe and I found that really frightening in the beginning and then, now I feel empowered,” she said before urging female politicians to abandon the rule book.
“It’s not so much about politics even, or about Hillary versus Trump. But just, the woman lost, a man like Trump won. And you could decide that’s how it’s supposed to be or we’ve been playing by the wrong set of rules and we’re going to play a whole new game now,” she said.