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When the title of Hillary Clinton‘s new book debuted last night, it was ripe for roasting. The title, What Happened, sans question mark, comes across as Clinton lecturing America, rife with disdain for the people she’s ostensibly speaking to. But the right is proving exactly why her words are needed with a newfound misogynistic attack nearly nine months after the election.
Throughout the campaign, Hillary Clinton was bashed for her appearance, her demeanor, her physical health, and her mental health. And it’s something that the right can’t get over, despite having bested Clinton for the White House.
The book announcement brought out the worst of misogynistic Twitter, as people continued to try and beat down the candidate they’d already beaten down. Many of the proposed titles refer to the Seth Rich murder conspiracy, the unsubstantiated theory that the Democratic National Committee staffer was killed for leaking emails to WikiLeaks.
Harry Potter and the Bitter Wizened Crone Who Hates Normal Americans And Cannot Satisfy Her Husband #BetterNamesForHillarysBook— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) July 27, 2017
#BetterNamesForHillarysBook— LIZ COVFEFE MAGA (@LizCrokin) July 27, 2017
Murder She Wrote
A lot of the proposed titles attacked her mental health using existing book titles.
One Fell Out of the Cuckoo's Nest#BetterNamesForHillarysBook— Federalist Musket (@Patriot_Musket) July 27, 2017
Or her regular health.
#BetterNamesForHillarysBook Help Me! I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up.— Pamela Moore (@Pamela_Moore13) July 27, 2017
They also went after her appearance.
The left tried to revive the hashtag with some thoughts of their own.
I Warned You: Maybe Next Time You'll Try Listening To Women For Once #BetterNamesForHillarysBook— Jennifer (@leftyjennyc) July 27, 2017
Remember when they said Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the same? Well policy matters, politics doesn't #BetterNamesForHillarysBook— ♻️ Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) July 27, 2017
I Got The Most Votes & Still Lost: The Rigged American Election#BetterNamesForHillarysBook— O (@Onision) July 27, 2017
But a day later, the right’s tweets are still going strong online. The belief that Clinton is a cold, calculated killer was another popular option for titles—which, given the right’s love of Trump and his win-at-all costs attitude—truly does reflect the inherently gendered view of Clinton.
While these are all crude jokes, they do actually point to what did happen. The first woman candidate for president could not overcome the misogyny inherent in patriarchal society.
That’s what happened.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]