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Clinton shows feminism a big lie

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By Holly Audette
Columnist

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Candidate Barack Obama, in his primary election for the Democratic nomination for president, said this about working-class, rust-belt workers: "They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

What most people do not know is how this statement almost did not come to light. As reported by The Guardian, this quote was captured by a volunteer citizen journalist, one of 1,800 who covered campaign events for the Huffington Post’s website, Off the Bus. Mayhill Fowler broke the story after attending a fundraising event in San Francisco. But she did not release the information for days, sitting on it because she was conflicted between reporting news and her personal preference for the Obama candidacy. But by choosing to write about it we gained insight in to Mr. Obama’s prejudice. Prejudice against blue-collar workers in the rust belt. His pejoratives made his disdain obvious.

I looked at numerous definitions of the word “prejudice” and thought Wikipedia’s would help inform this column: “Prejudice is an affective feeling toward a person or group member based solely on that person's group membership.” The former president’s remarks reminded me of candidate for president Hillary Clinton’s comments to a group at a fundraiser in the last election, when she called Trump supporters “irredeemable” and said “You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? ... The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up.”

President Trump received just shy of 63 million votes in the presidential election. That means according to Hillary Clinton, more than 30 million people in our country are viewed by her as not salvageable and hopeless — the definition of irredeemable. In addition, these 30 million Americans are racist, homophobic, sexist, etc.

President Obama is not unique in having prejudice; many of us do. We make broad assumptions about swathes of people who share something in common with others yet are lumped in with those people on many more characteristics than are true. Hillary Clinton, however, has the kind of prejudice against others, lumping millions of Americans in her bigotry that any liberal who proclaims her as leader-worthy has absolutely no credibility to claim to be enlightened or tolerant.

Just recently in India, the most recent locale of her whining tour, Ms. Clinton decided she needed to further dissect the 30 million worthless Americans who supported her opponent. Aside from being hopeless, unsalvageable bigots, white married female Trump supporters are also too pathetic to discern candidates, she said. “We do not do well with white men and we don’t do well with married, white women,” Clinton said at a conference in Mumbai, India. “And part of that is an identification with the Republican Party, and a sort of ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”

Ms. Clinton demonstrated the truth that conservative women have said for a long time about the feminist movement: It’s a big lie. A ruse expected to prevail because of the supposed stupidity and lack of worth of so much of the audience being delivered the message. The feminist movement is and never has been about equal opportunity for women. It has always been about the enlightened superiority of liberal women. Superior to men and superior to women who conclude anything feminists do not.

It is that patronizing arrogance that has so many people, men and women, rejecting the feminist movement. It is exactly that patronizing arrogance, and not the lack of reason, capability, analytical thinking or ability — and especially not some patriarchal insistence — that makes voters reject Clinton. Beware of female candidates whose real intention in pursuing ambition is to insist that women, because they are women, must prevail. This is a sexism bathed in a wrath like no other. I have faith that voters irrespective of gender are perfectly capable of discernment, and it is that discernment that has Ms. Clinton angrily on the side lines.

Holly Audette is a small-business owner active in political and civic causes.

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