During Monday’s debate, Hillary Clinton launched an orchestrated, full-on assault against Donald Trump, claiming he behaved in a sexist manner toward a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, insulting her after she gained an inordinate amount of weight (some twenty years ago, when she was the reigning Miss Universe, and under contract with the pageant to keep her weight within strict limits). The liberal media (a.k.a. ‘mainstream’ media) have joined forces with the Clinton campaign to promote this story, attempting thereby to damage Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign.
It is all quite sordid and hypocritical, how Mrs. Clinton is hailed in liberal circles as a role model for women everywhere, as a feminist icon — an odd aspect of her otherwise insane candidacy. On this point, the case against her is easy to make. And since her allies in the liberal media have shown great reluctance in making it … here we go.
Mrs. Clinton’s husband comes to mind. As President of the United States (1993 to 2001) Bill Clinton was impeached, and later disbarred, for obstructing a federal investigation, for lying to a federal grand jury and for conspiring with others to do the same. He made fools of his own cabinet members when he had them publicly vouch for his veracity in the matter of Monica Lewinsky, the young White House intern upon whom President Clinton enacted a sexual predation that surely would have prompted the resignation or removal of a Fortune 500 CEO or a General in the U.S. military, not to mention any Republican holding high office. Mr. Clinton also lied to the American people when he stood before news cameras, pounded his fist on a podium and denied having had sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky. Indeed, it is well documented that while Governor of Arkansas and President of the United States, Bill Clinton was a sexual addict, a serial predator of women, and quite possibly a rapist.
Bill Clinton’s most consistent defender, and therefore, greatest enabler in his various, sordid affairs was none other than his wife, Hillary. She submitted to her husband’s humiliations, she lied on his behalf, and she insulted and otherwise intimidated his most ardent accusers. Aside from whatever else may have motivated Mrs. Clinton, insuring that her husband survived his presidency was an immense boon to her own political ambitions. She parlayed her White House stint into a successful U.S. Senate campaign … and now look where we are.
The Clintons’ ethically and legally dubious shenanigans continue — note Hillary’s ever-worsening email imbroglio and the Clinton Family Foundation scandal — and severely limit Mrs. Clinton’s appeal among voters. A visceral opportunist, Hillary will use any means available to advance her candidacy. Her snarky debate jab at Mr. Trump (whereby she teed up the liberal media to continue an orchestrated assault) is absurd. Promoting herself as a role model for women everywhere, as a feminist icon, is worse than absurd. It is obscene.
(An earlier version of this column was published July 31 2015. It is updated to reference intervening events.)Follow @PolitiQuick