WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2016 – You know Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is in trouble when the former secretary of state calls on her husband, former President Bill Clinton, to help boost her sagging poll numbers; and said husband and notorious womanizer – and accused rapist – calls male supporters of his wife’s Democratic rival Bernie Sanders “sexist.”
At a New Hampshire campaign rally, in whose state primary Bernie Sanders is all but assured a Clinton-crushing victory, the former president said bloggers who “have gone online to defend Hillary, to explain why they supported her, have been subject to vicious trolling and attacks that are literally too profane often, not to mention sexist, to repeat,” said Bill Clinton.
The sexists in question comprise what are euphemistically called “Bernie’s Bros,” those Vox’s Dara Lind describes as “literally mostly composed of dudes (or, as sometimes expressed, mainly young white dudes who fancy themselves class warriors).”
Atlantic magazine’s Robinson Meyer taunted them for being “someone you may only have encountered if you’re somewhat similar to him: white; well-educated; middle-class (or, delicately, ‘upper middle-class’); and aware of NPR podcasts and jangly bearded bands… might always seem like he’s going to say that we need economic equality for all genders but doesn’t actually say it, because he knows that it wouldn’t go over well.”
A Bernie Bro responded in The Atlantic’s comment section:
It’s being implied that white, middle class, liberal male is somehow less valuable to democracy… Being white and middle class is nice, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have feelings or that it’s fair game to devalue their humanity. I’d rather focus on the issues than make fun of people for their skin color and gender.
According to NBC News, 46 percent of white male Democrats support Sanders, while 44 percent say they will vote for Hillary.
In early 2008, the Manchester Guardian reported, “Barack Obama’s campaign team today accused Hillary Clinton’s beleaguered staff of mounting a desperate dirty tricks operation by circulating a picture of him [Obama] in African dress, feeding into false claims on U.S. websites that he is a Muslim.”
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe described the move as “the most shameful, offensive fear-mongering we’ve seen from either party in this election.”
Author and Daily Beast editor-in-chief John Avlon credits a Hillary Clinton supporter named Linda Star with starting the “birther” movement in 2008.
Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy,” insisted Star on her website Pumaparty.com, “She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there [Kenya] and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth.”
At a recent Hillary campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, old, white woman and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told young women that their gender has “climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done. It’s not done. There a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other,” said Albright.
Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, appearing on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” said Sanders’ female supporters were attracted like moths to the alluring flame of Bernie’s Bros. “When you’re young, you’re thinking: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie.”
It took old, white male Bill Clinton – along with old, white females Albright and Steinem – to remind the nation that race and gender politics are alive and well in the party of Jim Crow under the loving direction of the old, white, birther Democrat Hillary Clinton.