In a powerful ad, she juxtaposed shots of women, people of color, and people with disabilities with footage of Trump denigrating these groups.
The campaign included women and people of color in senior positions, and the mothers of Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner appeared at several campaign stops, after Clinton personally met with the women and promised to advocate on their behalf.
Amid the chaos, I realized I had to make my way back to the office. The 2016 election wasn't just a loss for Clinton, it was a loss for feminism.
Not only did the first female candidate from either major party lose, she lost to an open misogynist — someone who called a former Latina beauty queen fat and was caught on the record bragging about grabbing women by the pussy.
Clinton's campaign banked on the former, speaking directly to the interests of women, people of color, sexual minorities, and the disabled.
Her campaign's rallying cry — "I'm with her" — was a clear reminder that she was the first woman presidential candidate for a major party.
Born of the civil and women's-rights activism of the 1970s, identity politics seeks to recognize and organize around the complex and interwoven ways race, class, gender, immigration status, and sexuality, among other factors, impact how life is lived in America — and who has access to the American dream.
Both a political and intellectual movement, identity politics offers a critique of privilege and the ways it is meted out.
In a much discussed op-ed for The New York Times, Mark Lilla argued that "American liberalism has slipped into a kind of moral panic about racial, gender and sexual identity that has distorted liberalism's message and prevented it from becoming a unifying force capable of governing." Lilla's views were reinforced by liberals also warning of the electoral consequences of following Clinton's strategy. Judis wrote that the left "overestimated the strength of a coalition based on identity politics."Echoing similar sentiments, Senator Bernie Sanders regularly criticized Clinton for failing to focus on issues of class.
"We need a Democratic Party that is not a party of the liberal elite but of the working class of this country," Sanders said in March.
In what would come to be regarded as a tactical faux pas, Clinton dared to refer to Trump's supporters as "deplorables" for their regressive views on race and sexuality.