Without saying any words, Hillary Clinton sent a message to voters the moment she walked onto the stage at Wednesday night’s presidential debate in Las Vegas.
Or rather the Democratic presidential candidate’s white Ralph Lauren pantsuit sent the message.
Clinton has worn Ralph Lauren’s designs often since kicking off her campaign. For example, she wore a cobalt blue Ralph Lauren suit for the campaign’s opening rally last year in New York City.
But it’s her choice of color — not designer — that’s significant.
“The choice of a white suit for Wednesday’s debate harkened back to the not-so-distant past, when suffragettes wore white to promote their struggle to gain the right to vote,” Booth Moore, senior fashion editor for The Hollywood Reporter and Pret-a-Reporter, told ABC News moments after Clinton took to the debate stage at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Adds Moore, “It also serves as a reminder to voters, during a time when Trump has been under fire for lewd comments and accused by 10 women of inappropriate sexual behavior, that she is the women’s candidate.”
The Clinton campaign has frequently lamented its inability to connect with millennial voters. Apparently, highlighting a burning issue from 1919 should do the trick. Maybe they should do a clever YouTube video about the Stamp Act of 1765 to excite the young voters.
This is really just part of an ongoing effort by leftists to reinforce the false narrative that the mean Republicans will steal your right to vote. This is more subtle than most jabs in this direction, but the “not-so-distant past” line was designed to stir up fear. For most people in the 21st century, 96 years ago was very much the distant past. There is no basis in reality for this fear, but that’s never a criterion for leftist attacks.
It should also be noted that it’s perfectly OK to discuss her fashion choices in support of a narrative, but sexist to do so at any other time.