Let’s start with Bill. He is going around saying that Bernie’s campaign is engaging in sexist attacks against Hillary. This is simply NOT the truth. In fact, Bernie has said that if any of his supporters are posting anything sexist against Hillary (which, as anyone who has the slightest understanding of the internet realizes, he has no control over), he not only does not condone it and requests that they stop, but he doesn’t want their support. You can’t be any clearer AGAINST sexism in the campaign than that.
Now we move on to what has spurred my complete outrage: Madeleine Albright. Former Secretary of State. Current Clinton campaign spokesperson. Someone I have met. Someone I had great respect for. Someone who completely lost ALL my respect with ONE comment today, and also—taken in tandem with the Steinem shocker and the Bill artful smear—managed to make me lose respect for Hillary, which Hillary had built up from basically where I’ve been SHOT back to today, which is nil. I have no respect for her. In fact, I now have active contempt for her.
Folks, there is really no way, and thankfully, no need, to put into words just how offensive this is to me as a woman who supports Bernie. As a Democrat. As someone who has stuck up for Hillary to my fellow Bernie supporters throughout this campaign. As someone who has admired Madeleine Albright for decades. I’m done. I’m done trying to bring the party together. I’m done trying to bring progressives together. I’m done sticking up for Hillary. Why would I stick up for someone who claps when her surrogate says I have a special place in hell?
Do they honestly think that is the way to win female Bernie voters over? By condemning us? By insulting us? By saying we have a special place in hell? My mom always told me, “You catch more flies with honey.”
But these people evidently think bullying will work. They think fire and brimstone condemnation will work. They think playing the vagina card will work. Well, I am not voting for someone just because they are a woman, I’m voting for the person whose POLICIES help women, men, children, the elderly, the environment, the economy, our country and the world. That person is Bernie. He steadfastly sticks to the issues, the substance, and refuses to engage in personal attacks. He doesn’t insult my intelligence. So who is the true feminist? He doesn’t bully and threaten me with going to hell. So who is the true feminist? His policies would really challenge the patriarchy, so who is the true feminist?
I tend to vote for those who don’t tell me I have a special place in hell reserved for me. I tend to vote for those who are respectful and respectworthy.