During a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, President Obama asked male voters to examine why it is they may not support Hillary Clinton, suggesting that sexism keeps some voters from backing Clinton.
“You know there’s a reason why we haven’t had a woman president before and I think sometimes we’re kind of trying to get over the hump,” he said. “And we have to ask ourselves as men — because I hope my daughters are going to be able to achieve anything they want to achieve. And I know that my wife is not just my equal but my superior.”
“I want every man out there who’s voting to kind of look inside yourself and ask yourself. If you’re having problems with this stuff, how much of it is you know that we’re not just used to it?” Obama asked the crowd.
The President then argued that Clinton is subjected to a double standard because she is a woman.
“When a guy’s ambitious and out in the public arena and working hard well that’s okay, but when a woman suddenly does it, suddenly you’re all like – well why’s she doing that? I’m just being honest. I want you to think about it because she is so much better qualified than the other guy. She has conducted herself so much better in public life than the other guy,” he said. “This notion that somehow it’s hard to choose, it shouldn’t be.”