In her new book “The Light Within Me,” Fox News anchor Ainsley Earhardt gives some insight into one possible factor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential loss: the candidate’s unwillingness to speak to audiences with mixed political views. Ainsley writes:
“Of all the history makers in the 2016 election that I interviewed, there was one notable omission: Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t for lack of trying on my part. I reach out to the Clinton campaign on a regular basis. Over time i got to know some of the people on her staff. A few came on Fox & Friends for interviews, but Mrs. Clinton never did. I think she accepted one interview on Fox News during the entire campaign, and that’s going all the way back to the Democratic primary season. I assumed she didn’t think she needed to speak to our audience. From the day she announced her candidacy everyone knew she was going to be the Democratic nominee. The primaries felt like little more than a formality. Even with that, she ran into some rough patches and lost some of the primaries to Bernie Sanders.
Of course, in the end Mrs. Clinton did win the nomination and everyone in the mainstream media assumed she’d easily win the presidency. I often wonder what might have happened if she had come on Fox & Friends and opened herself up to our questions. Surveys show that a large number of political independents watch Fox News. To me, Fox & Friends was the perfect show for her to visit. We had a lot of viewers who were undecided, and the 2016 election was decided by independents. I can’t help but think she missed out on a huge opportunity. If I were in her shoes and I had the opportunity to make my case I would want to make it to the widest possible audience–whether they agreed or disagreed with me. Perhaps they would see a side of me they’d never seen before and I would get more votes. It seemed like a no-brainer to me. But not to Mrs. Clinton. She never came on our show as a presidential candidate. I believe that told our audience she wasn’t interested in their votes. I will always believe that was a mistake on her part.”
Annafi Wahed, founder of The Flipside and a friend of Bold, recently wrote in The Wall Street Journal a column called “A Warning to My Fellow Liberals,” that echoed Ainsley’s thoughts.
“I am a bleeding-heart liberal, a patriot and an optimist,” Annafi wrote. “I refuse to believe that 63 million of my fellow Americans were ‘duped,’ that exposing people to different viewpoints is betraying ‘the cause,’ or that liberals have all the answers … We were once the party of hope and change, the party of tolerance and inclusivity. From one liberal to another: Can we stop the ideological purity tests and admit that there are more ways than one of solving a problem?”
At Bold, our recent TV guests span the ideological range from Malcolm X’s daughter to Diamond and Silk. We try our hardest to help you “pop your bubble,” to move outside your comfort zone and humanize, empathize and listen to people you disagree with. If each person did that each day, what would America’s social fabric look like today?