Please, for the love of feminism*, stop.
No, I’m not talking about Senator Clinton’s Democratic primary run. I’m talking about shit like this:
Q. Do you think this has been a particularly racist campaign?
A. I do not. I think this has been a positive, civil campaign. I think that both gender and race have been obviously a part of it because of who we are and every poll I’ve seen show more people would be reluctant to vote for a woman [than] to vote for an African American, which rarely gets reported on either. The manifestation of some of the sexism that has gone on in this campaign is somehow more respectable or at least more accepted. And I think there should be equal rejection of the sexism and the racism when and if it ever raises its ugly head. But it does seem as though the press at least is not as bothered by the incredible vitriol that has been engendered by comments and reactions of people who are nothing but misogynists.
Q. Isn’t that how it’s always been though.
A. Oppression of women and discrimination against women is universal. You can go to places in the world where there are no racial distinctions except everyone is joined together in their oppression of women. The treatment of women is the single biggest problem we have politically and socially in the world. If you look at the extremism and the fundamentalism, it is all about controlling women, at it’s base. The idea that we would have a presidential campaign in which so much of what has occurred that has been very sexist would be just shrugged off I think is a very unfortunate commentary about the lack of seriousness that should be applied to any kind of discrimination or prejudice. I have spent my entire life trying to stand up for civil rights and women’s rights and human rights and I abhor wherever it is discrimination is present.
And much, much worse than your standard, boring old Oppression Olympics, shit like this:
“My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. I don’t understand it,” Mrs. Clinton said, dismissing the idea of dropping out.
Because as much as I’d love to believe the apology she gave, that she really truly did just mean that primary contests frequently go on until June, and not that Obama might get shot, her lack of apology to Obama and choice instead to apologize exclusively to the Kennedys really does make me wonder.
Particularly when it comes on the back of even more shit like this:
Desperate to get attention for her cause to seat Florida and Michigan delegates, Hillary Clinton compared the plight of Zimbabweans in their recent fraudulent election to the uncounted votes of Michigan and Florida voters saying it is wrong when “people go through the motions of an election only to have them discarded and disregarded.”
“We’re seeing that right now in Zimbabwe,” Clinton explained. “Tragically, an election was held, the president lost, they refused to abide by the will of the people,” Clinton told the crowd of senior citizens at a retirement community in south Florida.
“So we can never take for granted our precious right to vote. It is the single most important, privilege and right any of us have, because in that ballot box we are all equal. You’re equal to a billionaire. You’re equal to the president, every single one of us.”
For the record, I strongly supported Clinton’s staying on the ballot, strongly opposed Obama’s taking his name off, and was all around desperate for them to cut out this bullshit back when Clinton didn’t think she’d need those states and therefore didn’t bother campaigning in them or showing vocal support for their votes to count. I also very, very strongly supported a redo of the vote (because at the time of the vote, no one, including all of those voters who didn’t bother showing up and otherwise would have, thought that it would count). But that doesn’t make this situation even remotely comparable to Zimbabwe, where people are dying, and it’s inexcusable to argue that Obama is trying to steal an election.
Hillary, you’re my Senator. Let’s face it, you were never my top pick for the nod. But I respected you. And it would be utterly patronizing to you to pretend that this is all an accident, and you haven’t got the slightest clue about the true implications of your words. You’re an astonishingly smart woman. I’m not going to pretend otherwise and outright insult you so that I can keep on believing it’s all good.
I’ve voted for you more than once. I like you. I was proud and happy to have you representing me. If I somehow thought that you would be the Democratic nominee, I’d be extremely eager to support you and be entirely prepared to campaign for you. If that somehow does still happen, I’ll be really fucking pissed, but I’d undoubtedly come around and still do my best to trek off to swing states to campaign on your behalf.
For your sake and ours, please stop trying to throw that all away, because you’re better than it. Or at least, I’ve always thought so. If you really do think that you can somehow still be the nominee, you should believe that you can do it without becoming extremely ugly.
*EDIT: If you take umbrage with this phrase, please see here first. (And then feel free to take all the umbrage you want if still so inclined.)