I’ve been a fan of Hillary Clinton for decades. At first, when the Right began smearing her with one lie after another, I just assumed it was the usual politics at play. But, over time, as I watched many from the Left lie about her as well, long before Bernie Sanders and his whiner base went out of their way to destroy her during the 2016 Democratic primary, I realized that this Hillary Hate had been planted in the toxic soil of misogyny. And this misogyny knew no political side.
I then assumed that the misogyny was born out of men’s jealousy of Hillary’s many accomplishments. We all know that she was First Lady of the State of Arkansas and later, First Lady of the United States. She then served as the junior Senator of New York from 2001 to 2009 and became the 67th United States Secretary of State, serving from 2009 to 2013.
But you might not know about all of Hillary’s other accomplishments. In college, she was the first-ever student commencement speaker at Wellesley and became a Distinguished graduate of Yale Law School, where she worked on the Editorial board of the Yale Law Review of Law and Social Action. Hillary worked on Senator Walter Monday’s Subcommittee on Migratory Labor and co-founded the Arkansas Advocates for Children’s and Families and was a staff attorney for the Children’s Defense Fund.
Hillary was the first woman chair of the Legal Services Corporation and the first woman partner at the Rose Law Firm. She has worked as both an attorney and has taught law, being twice listed by the National Law Journal as one of the hundred most influential lawyers in America. As First Lady of Arkansas and Senator of New York, Hillary created the Arkansas Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youth, led a Task Force to improve education, promoted nationwide immunization against childhood illnesses, and served on five Senate Committees: Budget; Armed Services; Environment and Public Works, Health, Education, Labor and Pensions; and a Special Committee on Aging. As Senator, she also helped secure $21.4 billion in funding for the World Trade Center redevelopment and investigated health issues faced by 9/11 first responders, getting them the care and financial support needed.
As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton brokered a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas and became the most traveled Secretary of State ever. She visited 112 countries, traveling 956,722 miles, which means that she traveled enough miles to span the globe 38 times. Talk about frequent-flier miles.
As if these accomplishments weren’t enough, Hillary is the first ex First Lady of the United States to hold a postgraduate degree, to be elected to the Senate (and re-elected), and to be appointed Secretary of State. Hillary is also an author and a Grammy winner. When people try to slam her and say that she has no experience, as both people on the Right and Left have done, I feel the same way that Hillary did while facing Republican bastards for 11 hours during a House Benghazi hearing, short on facts and long on stupidity:
I agree with President Obama when he said that Hillary Clinton was the “most qualified presidential candidate ever.”
So, why is she not our 45th President? For now, I’ll leave the possible collusion between Trump and Russia aside (even though I truly do believe that Russia stole the election for Trump) and I’ll focus, instead, on those who voted against Hillary. Of course, I expected Republicans and Libertarians to either vote for Trump or the Libertarian candidate, Gary Johnson. And, I suspected a large number of Bernie supporters would vote for Jill Stein. Sadly, I expected many Bernie supporters would vote for Trump, so I wasn’t surprised to find out that 12% did just this.
But, what truly surprised me and just made me want to stand outside and yell and curse ‘til the end of time was finding out that 53% of white women voted for Trump. I expected older white women and less-educated white women who considered themselves Republican to vote for Trump (or Johnson). But, I thought that a small percentage of college-educated women who consider themselves either Republican or Independent would vote for a highly intelligent, well educated, extremely accomplished Hillary Clinton over a lying, racist, xenophobic, pussy-grabbing idiot. Ha! My bad, thinking that white supremacy might have had a tiny dent put in it over the past 400+ years.
As Sarah Ruiz-Grossman wrote in HuffPo, “Fellow white women, I’m done with you.” I feel the same way.
In an article for Slate, LV Anderson asks “What leads a woman to vote for a man who has made it very clear that he believes she is subhuman? Self-loathing. Hypocrisy. And, of course, a racist view of the world that privileges white supremacy over every other issue.”
Many said that Ivanka Trump would help ameliorate the horror that is her father. While I’ve never been a fan, I was willing to give her a chance, even though I suspected she would do nothing to help. Not only has she done nothing, but she has actually helped her father destroy the good that President Obama set in place, and not only for women. I’ll talk about the hate that Trump and his criminal family has shown to others besides women in future blogs.
Recently, Ivanka made it known that she agrees with her father rolling back the policy that Obama put into place that closes the gender gap in pay. Wow! Quite the feminist, aren’t you, Ivanka? What did Ivanka do when her father declared a new policy that prevents transgender people from joining the military and forbids those in the military from serving or receiving trans-related medical care? Did she rage about her father’s presidency? Did she try to get him to pull his horrible policy? Nope! Nothing so authoritative! She tweeted that she respected the LGBTQI community, but what does a hollow tweet do? Nothing, except enrage people.
Just a few years ago, Ivanka’s business did not offer paid maternity leave. She told workers that she was always back at work within a week of having her children, so she expected the same from them. Yeah, like everyone has the paid staff to help them with their babies the way Ivanka does. Before becoming First Daughter, Ivanka instituted a new maternity-leave policy in her business that gave women paid time off. But why did it take years for this to happen? Was this done only because her father was running for Presidents and the optics needed to change? No matter what Ivanka says, far too often, if not always, she supports her father in his odious beliefs. Climate change is a perfect example. Her father claims is a hoax created by the Chinese. Ivanka says she wants to be a fighter for the climate. But, does she take action? No! She supports her father.
I guess Ivanka is just one of many highly educated white women who doesn’t give a damn about the patriarchy or all the ugliness it creates. Guess she doesn’t have to care as she’s quite wealthy and beautiful. Why did the other white women who voted for Trump not care about what he would do to the country and all of us who aren’t wealthy (beauty be damned)? I suspect the answer lies firmly rooted in white supremacy.
I’ve always known that white supremacy lay at the core of this country and was the fire that fueled far too many of its people. I’ve heard white people who call themselves liberals use the n word and make derogatory comments about Latinx people. I’ve had one too many white person start a sentence with “I’m not racist, but…” and I don’t think I need to detail the racism of the Right, from the various white supremacists groups to the always-present and always-nauseating Grand Old Party. Yet, despite my being aware of the deep and prevalent racism in this country, I still wanted to believe that a few more white people were on the side of justice than not. I now know that I need to be suspect of every white person I meet until they can prove themselves worthy to claim my time.
As for the white women who voted for Hillary Clinton, I am forever grateful. We are sisters and together with our sisters of color and our lesbian and trans sisters, we will fight and resist the horror that is the illegitimate Trump Presidency. But, to those white women who voted for a third-party candidate, didn’t vote, wrote in Harambe’s name, or voted for Donald Trump, you can suck my dick! Towanda!
What do you think of white women who didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton?