During the 2016 presidential election, Chelsea Handler partnered with non-profit RockTheVote to mobilize her young audience and encourage voter registration. A few days after Donald Trump’s unexpected victory, the host of Netflix’s Chelsea reported that her efforts lead to nearly 7,000 newly registered voters. Now, in the name of moving forward, Handler has published an open letter on Thrive Global wherein she urges American women to support each other in a time when voter statistics show striking disparities in beliefs and viewpoints.
“One of the saddest things about November 8, aside from the very presence of Donald Trump on the ballot as a major party American presidential candidate, were the women of America who somehow managed to vote for Donald Trump, specifically the 53% percent of all white female voters who chose Mr. Trump,” Handler writes in the letter published late Sunday. “We don’t just have a problem with men supporting women in this country; we have a problem with women supporting women.”
In addition to digging deeper into the differences in voter behavior among black and white women (a whopping 94 percent of black women voted for Hillary Clinton), Handler recapped Clinton’s contributions to American politics to challenge the baffling voter margins, ultimately landing on misogyny as the explanation.
“And yet, when Hillary Clinton—with her long, accomplished record of public service who left the office Secretary of State with a 69% approval rating just a few years ago — presented herself on the presidential ballot, white women of America reactivated their prehistoric Pavlovian reflexes and fell obediently as they reincarnated the great female penchant for self-mutilation so brilliantly articulated by H. L. Mencken: ‘Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.’”
Since launching her Netflix talk show in May, the comedian has invited guests with conflicting viewpoints for the sake of educating herself and her viewers. Notably, her latest campaign to unite women includes calls to reject competition and jealousy. “We can do better than this, ladies, and we will during the next four years as we stand up for women, children, the majority vote and American justice against the Trumpian whitemare,” she writes. “I know I can do better, and I will. It starts now.”