Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Hillary Clinton and the Republican War on Women
When I watched Hillary Clinton campaigning yesterday, I was impressed by the angry defiant look on her face.
And by the fact that she's still standing. For it has been a brutal week.
She has been stabbed not once but twice in the back by the FBI.
A rise in Obamacare premiums has given Donald Trump another weapon to use against her.
And while most polls still show Clinton ahead.
She must be hearing Trump's heavy breathing behind her...
So I'm glad she's decided to ignore the FBI's outrageous attempt to rig the election.
And is going after the monstrous misogynist.
Hillary Clinton moved on Tuesday to return the nation’s focus to the character and behavior of Donald J. Trump, hoping to define the presidential race again as a referendum on her opponent after spending days in open conflict with the F.B.I.
And focusing again on the grotesque way he treats women.
Because naked misogyny has always been at the heart of the Trump campaign.
Three political scientists who studied the connection between sexism, emotions, and support for Trump found that the more hostile voters were toward women, the more likely they were to support Trump.
Wayne, Valentino, and Oceno’s research, conducted in June, found hostility toward women was a major factor, predicting support for Trump more strongly than authoritarian attitudes and about as well as racial prejudice.
And many of his supporters don't just hate the idea of a woman president. They fear and loathe feminism and feminists.
Trump, in other words, isn’t just drawing from a base of people who have traditional views about women’s roles. He’s getting support from people who are hostile toward women’s economic and legal equality and who think feminism is making America worse.
And since for many Republicans Hillary Clinton is the satanic symbol of feminism, they have been demonizing her for decades.
One of the mysteries of 2016 is the degree to which Hillary Clinton is reviled. Not just rationally opposed but viscerally and instinctively hated. None of the stated reasons for the animus seem to satisfy.
Yet she’s cast not just as a political combatant but as a demon who, in the imaginings of Republicans like Paul D. Ryan, the speaker of the House, and Representative Trent Franks, would create an America “where passion — the very stuff of life — is extinguished” (the former) and where fetuses would be destroyed “limb from limb” (the latter).
And this election is just the climactic battle of the Republican's long war on Clinton, and women.
Because that's who they are, and so is this.
And their satanic bigot leader couldn't be less fit to be president of the United States.
And the good news? Clinton's troubles have energized her base to an incredible degree.
And by making the war on women her main weapon against Trump, she will not only motivate more millennials to get off their asses and vote, not necessarily for her but for women's rights.
She is sure to make many disaffected Republicans question their support for Trump, and wonder whether they should vote for Hillary, or stay at home.
By asking them all the same question:
Do you really want a sexual predator for a president?
Yup, with just six day to go we're in for quite a battle.
But I'm still pretty confident that the decent women of America, and their male supporters will prevail.
The Republicans will lose the election, and the war on women.
And the monstrous porculus will be defeated...