“Tell your daughter, you don’t always win.”
That was Iowa resident Sandy Chilson’s response to some of her friends’ over-the-top reactions to Hillary Clinton’s election loss. Some of them cried and wondered what they were going to tell their daughters the morning after the election. But Chilson was having none of it. “Don’t coddle people. What you want isn’t what always happens. … We’re adults, suck it up.”
Chilson said this in an interview at her home in Lime Springs, a town in northern Howard County, Iowa, that Donald Trump flipped by 42 points. Trump achieved this in part by winning over people like Chilson, formerly a registered Democrat who nonetheless said she never trusted Clinton and supported Trump from the start of his campaign.
“That’s the worst reason to vote for somebody,” Chilson said of the argument that as a woman, she should vote for the first female presidential nominee. “That’s like saying you should vote for somebody because he’s a man.”
Chilson found the exhortations of people such as Madeleine Albright, who said that there was a “special place in hell” for women who don’t support Clinton, “offensive. You don’t know me. And you don’t know what my thoughts are for why I’m supporting a particular person. But for you to say that every person of a certain gender needs to vote for that gender, if that’s not sexism, I don’t know what is.”
Donald Trump wasn’t a perfect candidate, Chilson conceded, but “he doesn’t have to be perfect. He was the best option, and I think he’s doing a good job. He’s doing what he said he was going to do.”
“None of the things he said made me think, ‘Oh no, I can’t support this person.’”
This video was originally featured as a part of the Washington Examiner’s series The Race to 2020: The people and places that will define a presidency. You can read more about Howard County, see more videos, or use the form below to get email updates about future updates.