It’s no secret that Hillary Clinton’s record regarding sexual misconduct is complaisant when it comes to the people close to her. Need some examples? When asked about her husband’s assault allegations, she deflects questions. She allowed one of her advisers to keep his job after sexual assault allegations were brought against him.
Now the women of the #MeToo movement are starting to take notice.
In a recent interview with CBS, Clinton made comments about her husband that sat the wrong way with viewers. She claimed Bill should not have resigned because of his affair with Lewinsky and that he did not abuse his power. Then, she promptly deflected to President Trump’s allegations.
The President may have been her scapegoat in the past but you can only cry wolf so many times before people stop listening.
Now the women of the #MeToo movement are claiming that Clinton’s recent comments only make it harder for victims of abuse to come forward. They are coming to a few conclusions that, whether they admit it or not (and most likely will not), might bring them a little relief that Hillary wasn’t elected president.
Hillary is for women’s rights – when it’s convenient for her.
The bottom line, Hillary supports women until it hits a little too close to home.
This was more than obvious in her last interview. She almost immediately goes for every other man’s throat (mostly our current president’s) except for her husband’s. She defends him every chance she gets.
Vox reporter Matt Yglesias claimed that Clinton’s failure to resign set women’s rights back by twenty years. “Had he resigned in shame, we all might have made a collective cultural and political decision that a person caught leveraging power over women in inappropriate ways ought to be fired. Instead, we lost nearly two decades.”
Fair enough. So why is it that Hillary can’t see this?
She has also jumped to the aid of others who are close to her. Back during her 2008 run, Clinton’s faith adviser, Burns Strider, was accused of sexual harassment while working on the campaign trail. Instead of firing him, Hillary reassigned the woman who made the allegation and it was business as usual for Strider.
Fast forward to 2016, Strider is now working for the pro-Hillary group Correct the Record, from which he was fired for various reasons. One of which, you guessed it, was sexual harassment.
Hillary later released a statement on the allegations against Strider claiming that, if the situation were to present itself today, she would handle it differently.
With that being said, she still stood by her decision, stating, “I didn’t think firing him was the best solution to the problem. He needed to be punished, change his behavior, and understand why his actions were wrong. The young woman needed to be able to thrive and feel safe. I thought both could happen without him losing his job.”
She also used her bait and switch tactic, taking aim at the New York Times for keeping reporter Glenn Thrush on after allegations were brought against him.
Looks like no one is safe from Hillary’s wrath.
She has never apologized for her decision to keep Strider on her team.
She either doesn’t fully realize the seriousness of sexual harassment and assault or she wholeheartedly chooses to ignore it.
Both are frowned upon by today’s #MeToo society.
One of her stand out statements in her latest interview was that Lewinsky was an adult, implying that it was a totally consensual relationship and there was no abuse of power.
Lewinsky herself has said that when it comes to the relationship’s status of consensual or not, it is “very, very complicated.”
“I now see how problematic it was that the two of us even got to a place where there was a question of consent,” she wrote in an essay for Vanity Fair. “The road that led there was littered with inappropriate abuse of authority, station, and privilege.”
Hillary must not have read Lewinsky’s essay.
Then President Clinton was in a position of absolute power over intern Lewinsky. If she had wanted to refuse the President’s advances, was she free to do so? If she had wanted to end the relationship, would she have been able to? The President did, after all, have a lot of power over her future career.
These questions are the reason why so many companies ban relationships between employers and subordinates. The power differential could lead to blurred lines in terms of consent, according to the supporters of #MeToo and many others. This is the very reason why so many high-profile men have lost their jobs recently.
Now, going back to Hillary’s comments, many feminists are seeing that she is not actually on their side. Be it ignorance or indifference, she isn’t coming to their aide when it comes to those she’s close with.
The Hard Truth (For Feminists):
Feminists wanted Hillary to be a beacon of “women’s rights”, to break all the glass ceilings and send support to sexual assault victims everywhere. And Hillary is all too happy to play along with that rhetoric. But she can’t run from her actions forever, especially when she does nothing to change them. Feminists are now seeing that, since Hillary won’t hold her husband and others accountable, it’s sending the message that powerful people have powerful friends.
That women should not come forward with their allegations against Hillary’s friends.
But if your allegations are against enemies of Hillary, then please, step forward. She could always use more ammunition for her bait and switch tactics.
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