Hillary Clinton’s campaign has accused Bernie Sanders of being sexist. However, as political columnist Brent Budowsky pointed out in The Observer “The sad and strange thing about the bogus attack by Ms. Clinton against Mr. Sanders when she suggested he is sexist is that it was both wholly false and wholly unnecessary.”
The truth of the matter is that Bernie Sanders’ campaign has been gaining popularity and now has the overwhelming support of voters in the 18-24 demographic, including women. In an effort to persuade these women to vote for her, the Clinton campaign has resorted to misrepresenting statements Sanders has made in an attempt to portray him as having sexist views.
When Bernie Sanders made the broad statement that, “people need to stop shouting about gun control” in order to encourage more civil discourse concerning this divisive issue, Hillary Clinton saw it as an opportunity.
At the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, Clinton gave a scripted response to Sanders statement as if it had been a personal attack on her and her gender by saying, “I’ve been told to stop shouting about gun violence. Well I’m not shouting. It’s just when women talk, people think we’re shouting.”
Hillary Clinton’s campaign has even had some feminist icons try to convince more young women to support her. However, their statements may have done more harm than good.
On Feb. 5th, Gloria Steinmen was interviewed on Real Time with Bill Maher and when asked why there are more young women supporting Bernie Sanders than Hillary Clinton she said, “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie.’”
Maher instantly recognized the inherent sexism of her remark and replied, “Oh. Now if I said that, ‘They’re for Bernie because that’s where the boys are,’ you’d swat me.”
Two days later, on Feb. 7th, Madeline Albright introduced Clinton at a political rally by saying, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” To which Ms. Clinton laughed, clapped, and thanked her twice for the introduction.
Hillary seems far too willing to use her gender as a reason why women should vote for her. Her twitter account describes her as a “Wife, mom, grandma, women+kids advocate, FLOTUS, Senator, SecState, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, 2016 presidential candidate” and while this description seems slightly tongue-in-cheek, it’s worth pointing out that the list begins by using terms which are in direct reference to her gender and not her political experience or actual accomplishments.
Everything Hillary Clinton does seems calculated for political expediency, but this raises the question as to how could such a carefully crafted campaign make such a foolish mistake as to falsely accuse her opponent of sexism and then truthfully open themselves up for the same accusation to be leveled against them.
Social media was ablaze with women who were upset with what these feminist icons had said, many considered their comments to be sexist and demeaning.
Nina Turner, who is a former Ohio state senator, a women of color, and a democrat, seemed upset beyond words.
Seriously, I can’t even….
Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Scold Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders https://t.co/QEYCNB82oo
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) February 8, 2016
Meghan McCain, who is a columnist, television and radio personality, and daughter of Republican Senator John McCain, had some harsh words for the two feminists.
How has it not occurred to Madeline Albright or Gloria Steinem that millennial women are nuanced enough to choose a candidate not a gender?
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) February 8, 2016
But it was Katherine Timpf, who is a reporter for the National Review as well as a comedian, who turned Madeline Albright’s statement about women going to hell for not supporting one another into an all out attack on Hillary Clinton’s credibility.
— Katherine Timpf (@KatTimpf) February 8, 2016
Full Disclosure: I’m not a women but I do consider myself to be a feminist. I’m also a supporter of Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.
I encourage everyone, men and women, to share their thoughts by leaving a comment. But I have some questions meant specifically for the wonderful women of the inter-web, what do you think of the statements made by Gloria Steinmen and Madeline Albright? Do you consider yourself to be a feminist? And who will you be supporting for president?