One legendary female athlete is disappointed with white women who voted for Donald J. Trump in November, and she believes that vote means they “really don’t like themselves.”
Retired tennis star Billie Jean King, who led the fight for equal pay for women in tennis, says she feels there is more misogyny now, even after she defeated Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes” match in 1973.
“I think there’s a lot of misogyny – I think it’s higher now than it was,” King said in an interview Tuesday.
King was speaking at the Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation, which provides gymnastics programs to underserved communities, where she was being honored at their annual benefit in New York City.
King, 73, went on to blast female Trump voters, expressing agitation with white women, in particular.
“I’m really upset with women, actually,” King said at the event. “I’m upset with the white women that voted for Mr. Trump. I think they really don’t like themselves … I think a lot of women don’t like themselves.”
Doubling down on her comments about misogyny and inequality of the sexes, King added: “Girls are brought up to be perfect and boys are brought up to be brave. Well, a girl can never be perfect. So, we never can win.”
During the November election between twice-failed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and now President Donald J. Trump, 53 percent of white women voted for the male Republican candidate–Trump–over the female Democratic offering–Clinton–according to exit polls.
King, an activist for LGBT rights, has also harshly criticized Trump’s proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military. Speaking on the subject of a new movie about her life, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, King said she hopes the film will inspire the next generation to more activism on behalf of “equality.”
“I really want the millennials and the Gen Z to see this movie because every generation has to fight for freedom and equality,” King declared. “It never ends and you always keep starting over with every generation.”
She said if the film helps even one person to feel more comfortable, or helps a parent “to understand better about their own child” or other acquaintances, “then that’s what I want from this.”
The movie, “Battle of the Sexes,” chronicles both King’s match with Riggs, which drew as many as 90-million TV viewers, and her secret affair with Marilyn Barnett. At the time, she was married to Larry King. Barnett later filed a palimony suit against King, causing the tennis player to lose endorsements worth thousands.
Hillary Clinton similarly slammed women who did not vote for her. In her book of excuses, titled, “What Happened,” she explains all the reasons she lost to President Donald J. Trump in November 2016, and casts shade on women who failed to do their duty and vote for her, asking, “How could you?”
During and before her book tour, the failed candidate proposed several reasons for her inability to reach the nation’s highest office in the last election. These included former President Barack Hussein Obama’s failure to offer the right support; sexism, which made her a “lightning rod for fury” because she’s a woman; and women, in general, because they didn’t turn out for her as they should have.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama echoed her fellow female Democrat’s thoughts in September, during an “Inbound” marketing conference in Boston. Mrs. Obama inserted a plethora of political talking points as she spoke out against the current Trump administration and criticized women who did not vote for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
“[Women] who voted against Hillary Clinton voted against their own voice,” Michelle Obama said at the time.
On Twitter, users took note of the comments made by all three ladies, slamming them for assuming women can’t have differing opinions and still have respect for themselves.
Democratic women cannot come up with an original thought. See…HRC, Michelle Obama & now Billie Jean King 🙄
— Mary Kaiserman (@MTCCK617) October 5, 2017
— Silent Majority too (@MadAsHellFemale) October 5, 2017
— ✝️💖Trin1ty 💖✝️ (@G1rlyTattooed) October 5, 2017
— SparkleMAGA🇺🇸 (@SparkleSoup45) October 5, 2017
Why must Billie Jean King feel her elitest values should be the only values.Is it not sexist to insist all women should think alike.
— Maci 42 (@maci42) October 5, 2017
Billie Jean King: White Women Who Voted 4 Trump Really Don’t Like Themselves –> ONLY IGNORANT ARROGANT LIBERALS THINK THEY SPEAK FOR OTHERS
— PolitixGal (@PolitixGal) October 5, 2017
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