Hillary Clinton Apologizes — Almost
Hillary Clinton Apologizes — Almost
Fifteen minutes before President Trump took the stage to give his first State of the Union address, Hillary Clinton took to Facebook to address her failure to fire a senior campaign advisor in 2008 after he was accused of sexually harassing a female staffer. Whether this was her attempt to steal the President’s spotlight or bury the closest thing she’s made to an apology in recent memory, we may never know. One this is clear, however. She is desperate to prove she is still relevant and a supporter of the #MeToo movement.
In 2008, a female staffer came forward to report she had been sexually harassed by Clinton’s “spiritual advisor”, Burns Strider. An investigation conducted by Clinton campaign staffers proved the allegations true. Yet Hillary Clinton, self-styled champion of women’s rights, chose to ignore the recommendation of her campaign manager to fire Strider. He remained on staff, a decision made solely by Clinton.
After news of what happened broke, Clinton inserted her foot in her social media mouth and then she went silent.
A story appeared today about something that happened in 2008. I was dismayed when it occurred, but was heartened the young woman came forward, was heard, and had her concerns taken seriously and addressed.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 27, 2018
She was “heartened” the woman came forward. Yet she didn’t have the personal integrity to apologize to the woman and admit she made a mistake.
Remember, this is the woman who spent much of her book, What Happened, trumpeting her record as an advocate for women’s rights and who repeated long and loud the accusations of sexual harassment made against then-candidate Donald Trump. (Funny how his accusers have gone silent instead of standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the #MeTooers).
Whether Hillary Clinton wanted to try to steal some of the spotlight from President Trump last night or not, one thing is certain: her Facebook statement was her attempt to dig herself out of the hole she made for herself. But, looking at it closely, one could also say it was her first – or maybe her continuing – attempt to be considered a viable candidate in the 2020 election.
The most important work of my life has been to support and empower women. I’ve tried to do so here at home, around the world, and in the organizations I’ve run. I started in my twenties, and four decades later I’m nowhere near being done. I’m proud that it’s the work I’m most associated with, and it remains what I’m most dedicated to.
So much is wrong with that statement. I doubt her husband’s victims felt supported or empowered when she took to the media to attack them. As recently as the writing of What Happened, she had the chance to empower and support them. Instead, she said what happened had been litigated and was private. Yada, yada, yada.And let’s not forget the fact that the 2008 incident wasn’t a one-off for Strider. Far from it.
She writes at least two paragraphs justifying – sorry, explaining – her reasons for not firing Strider. He needed to be taught the error of his ways. He needed to be given a second chance. Times have changed. How much thought did she give to the staffer Strider harassed? Judging by her comments here, not a lot. She claims she wanted the young woman to feel safe and yet she didn’t think firing a senior member of her staff whose termination had been recommended was necessary. Doesn’t that give the appearance that she valued her “spiritual advisor” more than she did the wronged young woman?
Later, as if to justify her actions, HRC talks about how good it felt to know the female staffer didn’t blame her for what happened. What should have been a post about this young woman and what she went through turned into what could almost be seen as a defendant’s statement to the judge before sentencing, one offering extenuating circumstances in an attempt to lessen her punishment. Yes, punishment because, when it comes to her personal history of dealing with women who have accused men close to her of sexual misconduct, Hillary Rodham Clinton is guilty of doing everything except supporting those women.
No woman should have to endure harassment or assault – at work, at school, or anywhere. And men are now on notice that they will truly be held accountable for their actions. Especially now, we all need to be thinking about the complexities of sexual harassment, and be willing to challenge ourselves to reassess and question our own views.
Why “especially now”, Hillary? The answer is because that is the only rallying cry she has left. She has yet to accept, much less understand why, she lost the election.
You may question why it’s taken me time to speak on this at length. The answer is simple: I’ve been grappling with this and thinking about how best to share my thoughts.
It is much more likely she hoped the problem would go away. Except it didn’t. Members of the media, not to mention politicians, publicly condemned her actions – or, more correctly, her inactions. CNN’s Chris Cuomo noted her Tweet was indicative of her inability to admit she’d made a mistake. He was only one of many.
Or maybe this was just Clinton’s attempt to redirect more recent criticism about how she helped ruin the Grammy’s. Not that she’s apologized for that either.
Mrs. Clinton, thy name is double-standard and you are NOT the champion of women’s rights you proclaim yourself to be.