WASHINGTON, March 27, 2017 — When you think of long-time Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, picture your average feminist and lockstep Democratic voter. Abedin’s estranged husband, former New York Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned after it became widely known he sexted compromising photos of himself to women not his wife, became a Clinton presidential campaign liability when he allegedly did it again.
You would think Abedin had had her fill of betrayal and humiliation. If so, you would be wrong.
Abedin and Carlos Danger (Anthony Weiner’s sexting nom de plume) are in the process of negotiating a reconciliation. According to an unnamed source, “Huma has been working hard on her relationship with Anthony … Both [Weiner’s and Abedin’s] families are hoping they will reconcile,” the New York Post reported.
So, you ask, if Weiner’s actions, which surpassed the most cartoonish characterizations of President Trump in any Saturday Night Live skit, were not enough to send Abedin to the nearest divorce lawyer, why did she and Weiner separate in the first place?
Another unnamed source told the Post that someone “who worked closely with Bill and Hillary Clinton for several years” attributed Abedin and Weiner’s separation to “optics for the [presidential] campaign and pressure from Hillary’s camp.”
And there you have it.
Hillary Clinton, the woman many believed was destined to be America’s first female president, who condemned candidate Trump for calling women “pigs, slobs and dogs” and who for decades defended her husband’s numerous infidelities and boorish behavior toward women (and hired private detectives to intimidate them), asked a trusted, long-time female aide to distance herself from a creepy, sexting husband because the “optics” might serve to remind the voting public of the humiliating and demeaning compromises she herself made in the name of transitory political power.
Welcome to modern American feminism.
When thousands of women marched across America last January, many wearing so-called “pussy hats” to protest Donald Trump’s male chauvinism, Mrs. Clinton said, “We need you [women] to dare greatly and lead boldly. So please, set an example for every woman and girl out there who’s worried about what the future holds and wonders whether our rights, opportunities and values will endure.”
That, of course, depends entirely on whether your political ambitions are inextricably linked to loutish and creepy men.