LOS ANGELES, February 9, 2016 — How does Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign seek to empower women? By attacking them and shaming them with threats of a special place in Hell if they don’t vote for her.
Madeleine Albright, the first female Secretary of State, introduced Clinton at a weekend rally in New Hampshire. According to the New York Times, Albright said, “the first female commander in chief would be a true revolution.” And she scolded any woman who felt otherwise.
“We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done.“ Albright said of the broader fight for women’s equality, “It’s not done. There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!“
Feminist trailblazer and Clinton surrogate Gloria Steinem joined Albright in denigrating women who support Bernie Sanders for the presidency. Steinem appeared on Bill Maher’s HBO program on Friday. She argued that women become more politically active and less conservative as they grow older, and suggested that younger women were backing Mr. Sanders just so they could meet young men.
“When you’re young, you’re thinking: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,’ “ Steinem said.
After a huge backlash on and off social media, Steinem took to her Facebook page on Sunday to issue an apology, after a fashion:
Why cram a Clinton presidency down women’s throats? Clinton is losing younger women to Sanders by a six-to-one margin. In Iowa, where she barely squeaked out a win, Sanders won 70 percent of voters aged 17 to 29.
The New Hampshire polling is looking even worse for Clinton. Sanders is 74, to Clinton’s 68, so it is not a matter of age, but of who women feel best addresses their concerns.
Despite the Democrats’ claim to be defenders of women’s equality, the Democrat feminists treat women as stupid and needing to be led by the nose. The tactics employed by Steinem and Albright are not only backfiring, but are seen as the antithesis to the feminism that they supposedly espouse. Despite both political parties’ penchant for reducing their female constituencies to body parts and single-issues, female Democrats apparently have greater concerns than abortion-on-demand and income inequality.
One Facebook user shared the New York Times article and wrote:
“I have grown tired of the ‘feminist’ friends I have shaming me for refusing to entertain for a moment that HC is good news for women, and a feminist. To my view, lifelong integrity around policies that will actually SERVE the greatest good for women world wide is what it means to be a feminist. I am a broke single mother and a feminist and I will vote for Bernie Sanders.”
Another shared the article and prefaced it with this:
“This past Saturday, while campaigning for Hillary Clinton at a rally in New Hampshire, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright had this to say regarding women voters who have chosen to support Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders for President:
“‘There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!’
“Hillary has made no indication that this is an unacceptable remark, and in fact has even defended this gross display of sexism by claiming that those upset by this statement are just being overly offended. Ms. Clinton really just expects women voters to support her because they happen to share a reproductive organ. This is insulting and completely undermines the whole reason why people vote in the first place—because of where candidates fall on the issues, not because of gender.
“I sincerely hope that one day I can throw my support behind a woman candidate for President, but it certainly won’t be for this candidate.
#HillNo I’m #NotWithHer”
Many women distrust Clinton’s bonafides as a feminist and a progressive.
For the first time in a long time, despite work on both sides of the political divide to make it otherwise, the issues may be what dictate the outcome of this election cycle. Donald Trump is surging because, despite his bombast, he is speaking to issues that concern many voters. On the other side, Sanders is doing the same.
We live in a media age where everything a candidate says can be posted to YouTube for all to see. Hillary’s current email scandals and Wall Street money are bad enough, but her history of destroying women who have threatened her and her husband’s political ambitions is well documented. From Monica Lewinsky to Kathleen Wiley to Paula Jones to Gennifer Flowers, the Clintons have a history of abusing and sacrificing women on the altar of Bill’s lust and Hillary’s ambition.
Millennials are digging through that history, finding more proof of Hillary’s anti-woman and pro-crony capitalist stance. Baby Boomers may ignore the past, but younger women are being reminded of the scandalous Clinton years and steering clear.
It’s often said that karma is a bitch; it’s a feminist one at that.