Hillary Clinton's unpopularity boils down to one issue, journalist Malcolm Gladwell says in an interview with CBC News: Sexism.
"She's a woman," the best-selling author and staff writer for The New Yorker explains.
"People had a preexisting mental notion of what a female candidate would look like, and she doesn't look like it. She is being penalized for having a series of traits that people find unacceptable in a woman."
"She doesn't try and hide her desire for power under her hat, and we continue to expect that women have a kind of modesty in positions of authority. It makes it easier for us to accept the fact that they have moved into a man's realm."
Consequently, Clinton is deeply disliked — and has been, much of her time in the spotlight, even before the recent email and Benghazi scandals, Gladwell notes.
"The United States is a good deal less open to women in positions of power than it would like to pretend that it is," he says.
We'll see just how open — or not — the country is tonight.
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