Hillary Clinton, speaking in a wide-ranging interview at Columbia University, claimed many of the male Democrats running for president are “not likable.”
“There have already been all these stories about them, ‘Are they likable enough?’ For heaven’s sakes, that is such a sexist question,” she lamented. “And yet it is asked all the time.”
She then proceeded to discuss it, commenting only on the male candidates.
“And you look at these guys who are running and some of them I can tell you from personal experience are not likable,” Clinton added.
Three points to be made here:
- She’s right.
- The media has made it clear, as has Hillary, that discussing a candidate’s likability is sexist.
- Nobody in the history of politics has been more unlikable than Hillary Clinton.
And yet, here she was with the chutzpah to criticize others for not being well-received by the public.
Hillary Clinton on democratic men running in 2020: “some of them, I can tell you from personal experience, are not likeable” pic.twitter.com/0XGkQv1UcW
— Lucy Collins (@LucyWhitecotton) May 13, 2019
One can expect Hillary to play the sexism card when it comes to likability. She is, after all, unable to accept any responsibility for her numerous flaws as a politician.
But questioning that characteristic in a female candidate had been pushed as sexist by the media ad nauseam – usually when the candidate is a Republican. It was easy for the media to lambaste Sarah Palin for her looks and alleged lack of intelligence to portray her as unlikable. The second you question Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, or Kamala Harris, they scream sexism.
Ironic, isn’t it, that it was Barack Obama who initially put the argument out there in Hillary’s case?
Still, we have to ask …
Is There Anyone Less Likable Than Hillary?
While she may be right that the appeal of the male Democrat candidates is sorely lacking, it’s an odd criticism from an unlikely source.
Many could make the case that Clinton lost the presidency – both in 2008 and 2016 – because she is not well-liked even by members of her own party. She is a profoundly unlikable person, regardless of gender.
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) May 14, 2019
In 2015, Dorothy Rabinowitz, a member of The Wall Street Journal editorial board and Pulitzer prize winner, described Hillary as so grating that one might be able to torture terrorists by the sound of her voice.
“I used to think if you wanted to extract information from terrorists, put them in a room with Hillary Clinton and force them to listen to a speech and they’ll tell you everything after that,” she said.
In 2018, as the midterm elections approached, a former fundraiser for the former Secretary of State said that the “best thing she could do is disappear.”
“Honestly, I wish she’d just shut the f*** up and go away,” they added.
Clinton herself has noted the similarities between her and fictional character Cersei Lannister of ‘Game of Thrones.’
How bad are the male candidates on the left when even Cersei is calling you out as unlikable?
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