To be sure, Hillary's campaign was plagued by self-inflicted wounds. The private email server. Defensiveness on Benghazi. The recklessness of the Clinton Foundation. Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch. But none of these deficits, individually or in total, add up to Donald Trump's.
Hillary lost among uneducated, threatened white male voters from the Rust Belt, but she lost among white, educated women too. Hillary Clinton lost because she was a powerful woman.
In the U.S., it is not fair to say that Hillary was the "wrong" woman or through relentless vilification, women voters were persuaded Hillary was a woman they couldn't trust.
By many metrics, Hillary was the most qualified candidate we've ever had to be president of the United States. Instead, Americans elected the least qualified and one of the least respectful towards women.
The question has to be asked: what is it about American culture that caused women to abandon Hillary?
The answer has something to do with a primitive response to threats as a matter of sex and the protection, in return, offered by men. We are living in an extraordinary moment of history, where American exceptionalism and the middle class is under massive threat: from global trade, to global terrorism, to global warming.
Voters in 2016 felt these threats -- pumped up by the right-wing message machine -- and the extraordinary ability of Donald Trump to tap into the fear: "Make America Great Again!"
The primitive, pre-historic reaction to threat seemed to propel many educated, white women voters into the arms of their husbands or fathers, who voted for Trump. It didn't matter that Hillary Clinton had all the experience in the world. "I will protect you" and restore the glory of America is the deal Donald Trump offered.
In Europe, the patriarchy is not so strong. The bonds of sexual roles for women are no so fixed. Up to this point in time, the reaction to threats has not been a retreat toward right-wing, illiberal fundamentalism or opposition to women on top. On the continent and in Great Britain, women are regularly elected to top political positions.
With Trump, the rigidity of autocratic tendencies stands in marked contrast to engage women sexually as though it is a right. The prosperity doctrine, embodied by Norman Vincent Peale, meets religious opportunism: as a man you can be a paragon of religious virtue, a public official, have sex with women whenever you want. Divorce. Re-marry and never be subject to scrutiny. "That's just what boys do." But in the U.S., God forbid a woman to act the same.
It is going to be a long, four years.