How Ann Richards’ Run for Governor Echoes Hillary Clinton’s Fight Against Donald Trump

Misogyny is a key factor in both.

By Rhonda FanningMay 23, 2016 10:47 am

One phrase often heard this year: there’s never been a political year like 2016. But that’s not exactly true.

Lauren Fox writes for Talking Points Memo, and she says let’s not forget about the Texas Gubernatorial race of 1990. Twenty-six years ago Republican Clayton Williams and Democrat Ann Richards were up against each other for one of the highest seats in Texas politics. The race was dubbed “Claytie and the Lady.”

Fox is among the first to explore the connection between the Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump race. She says she’s been interested in the similarities since reading a book about it a few years ago.

“(I) was always interested in how we, as women, and as watching women politicians running – how they grapple with running against men when some of the men tend to be a little bit more misogynistic or have their certain histories with women,” Fox says. “They say things about women’s issues that might be explosive on the campaign trail. And I just was really interested as I started seeing Donald Trump pivoting towards his attacks on Hillary Clinton.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

– More about the race between Richards and Williams

– How Williams’ misogyny helped Richards win the race

– Some of the similarities between the gubernatorial race and the 2016 presidential race