There’s a hit piece on Trump running on the AP feed today, “Clinton shrugs, sees benefits in Trump’s personal attacks” that called out a specific problem with Hillary that we should all take note of. The AP says, “Her plan is never to engage in any back-and-forth over the scandals. Instead, she’ll merely cast him as a bully and talk about policy.” Well, that’s an interesting tactic, but to me it implies weakness (bully – noun – a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker…). By taking this tact though, Clinton hopes to achieve something even more important though – victim-hood status. This isn’t a news article, though, it’s an opinion piece designed to continue the narrative of the Republican Party’s War on Women.
They trot out Feinstein to gasp: ““I couldn’t believe it, you blame the woman for male infidelity?” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. “To me it was kind of bizarre that you would visit the sins of one on the other. I don’t think there’s any woman in America that doesn’t understand that.”” True, but Trump isn’t visiting Bill’s sins on Hillary – he is making responsible for her own actions in defaming and undermining the causes of the women who were truthfully accusing her husband of what he did – and she is accountable for her hypocrisy in subsequently claiming that the record is clear that she’s always been a champion of feminist causes. The best one, though is this: “Still, Trump’s eagerness to make gender a major issue has complicated the delicate balancing act she already faces as the first woman to head a major party ticket.”
Trump’s eagerness to make gender an issue? Holding someone accountable for their actions and speech is what he does. That’s what business people do, and one reason why Conservatives want a businessperson to be our President in 2017. Hillary is the one turning any attack into a gender issue – because it makes her the victim. Trump would attack anyone he’s running against with equal fierceness and veracity. If she is truly equal, and women are truly equal (the writer believes they are, and the writer believes Trump believes they are too) to men, then she should take it like a man. Unfortunately, she isn’t, because victim-hood is far more expedient. If women and men are truly equal, then calling a woman a hypocrite is no more an attack on women than calling a man one is an attack on men. Especially when she is a hypocrite, who will say anything to get elected. Would Sanders have been given four writers (can you believe it took four people to put that article together?) to cry about how Trump is a bully? I doubt it.
If Clinton were to be elected, we can expect four years of exactly this type of behavior. Instead of quality leadership, we’ll get reactionary victim-hood status-seeking. There are other major examples. One of them is Sept. 12, 2012, when instead of being accountable for her unresponsive leadership, lack of understanding of the situation, poor prioritization of available funding, and other failures, she chose to instead tell the world a lie about how the attack in Benghazi was the spontaneous outcome of a protest instead of a planned attack. The spontaneous nature of the video makes for great victim-hood, and she kept the lie going so far as to tell Navy Seal Tyrone Woods’ father they were going to arrest and prosecute the people responsible for the video when they met at Tyrone’s funeral.
As Republicans attempted to hold her responsible for the lies and deceit around Benghazi, again she’s taken the position of aggrieved victim. Nobody could’ve expected the attacks, and there was nothing that could have been done to prepare, she’d have us believe, therefore any inspection into preparation or security prior to the attacks is a partisan witch hunt and nothing more.
The email scandal is another example, and don’t be surprised if she’s trotting out the victim card somehow next week against Bernie when she needs it. It’s an becoming quality and it’s becoming more and more difficult for her to square her claims to be strong and courageous with her obvious attempts to play the aggrieved female victim.