October 26, 1947– Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton:
“Resist, insist, persist, enlist.”
I recently read an article about Joe Biden comforting the son of a Parkland shooting victim and suddenly I had flashbacks to October 2016. Recently, describing the former Vice President, commenters were using the words “criminal,” “corrupt,” and “pedophile”, the same words people used to describe Hillary Clinton in 2016.
I remember being baffled that so many people saw themselves having to vote against the lesser of two evils. If you believed that a career politician had spent years being paid off by very rich powerful people and who was trafficking children out of a pizza joint’s basement to suck their blood in her free time, just about anything looked like a better alternative.
It’s been four years and Clinton has been found guilty of absolutely none of the criminal activity she was being accused of. The vulgar rotting pumpkin-skinned reality show host spent every campaign rally leading chants of “Lock her up!” promising that she was going to go to jail after the election. He’s been president for almost four years now, and where is Clinton? In jail? No, she is wrapped in a cashmere throw at her Westchester home, occasionally trolling POTUS on Twitter and killing a bottle of chardonnay.
Every accusation that had any possible truth to it has been investigated by the current administration and by the feckless Republicans in Congress, and Clinton has still not been charged or indicted for anything, because there’s nothing there to indict her for.
She has been investigated thoroughly by her opponents for her emails and her part in that Benghazi mess and cleared of any wrongdoing. Tinyhands Blimpo has had a chance to send the full power of the law enforcement he has at his disposal after her. Republicans in power would love nothing more than to see her behind bars. But that hasn’t happened. If she were guilty of the stuff she’s been accused of, she’d be in prison, but she’s not.
MAGAs still persist in their assertions that she is a criminal.. Now we’re seeing same kinds of disinformation campaigns being waged against Biden, via his son, Hunter Biden.
They continue creating some elaborate “deep state” conspiracy, and the deplorables who buy into that stuff are probably beyond help. But if what had been said about Clinton were true, wouldn’t she be locked up by now?
“But it is a troubling time, isn’t it? And it’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together. We also have to elect candidates who will try to do the same.”
“You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for, what you care about. That’s why I believe, if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and/or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again. But until then, the only thing that the Republicans seem to recognize, and respect is strength.”
CNN’s Randi Kaye asks a group of Florida Democratic voters to weigh in on Hillary Clinton’s involvement in endorsing and campaigning for Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. Nearly the entire group believed that Clinton is now a liability more than an asset. One young woman said:
“She represents the old Democratic party. The reality is I voted for her. I supported her. But she does things that she trips over herself and she makes big mistakes. “
In June 2000, then candidate for the U.S. Senate Hillary Clinton, marched in NYC’s Gay Pride Parade, the first First Lady to ever march in a Pride event. She walked beside a guy wearing nothing but a pink tutu. Yet, when she first ran for POTUS in 2008, Clinton had the chance to become the undisputed biggest ally for the LGBTQ Rights Movement. But, she didn’t take that chance.
While preparing for a forum on the Logo television network, she asked for advice from her lesbian friend Hilary Rosen, a noted political consultant. Rosen was very frustrated that no mainstream political figures supported Marriage Equality, and she challenged Clinton to speak out for the LGBTQ community that strongly supported her. Rosen:
“We took it personally, You try not to because it’s politics, but in this case, the politics is personal. I know her heart is in the right place.”
Clinton eventually got there, though her change of heart came a year after shifts by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. I don’t fault her for that. I suppose she had to wait until support for same-sex marriage was politically safer. Plus, I don’t care; as long as people do evolve. In 2016, as the presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, Clinton ran as a strong advocate for the LGBTQ community and a full-fledged supporter of Marriage Equality.
I also understand why many LGBTQ people were disappointed with the Clintons. William Jefferson Clinton was one the first politicians to reach out to the LGBTQ community for support and as a donor base, but he was unwilling to stand with the community on one of its biggest Civil Rights issues.
The sticking point for many like myself was the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), the 1996 law signed by President Clinton right before his reelection effort that prohibited the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages. Hillary Clinton didn’t speak out about her husband’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy for gays in the military either. Maybe, it was because her influence was so diminished after her failed attempt to fix our health-care system. Still, many LGBTQ activists hoped that she would be the voice for them in the White House. With Republicans threatening to take away funding for HIV/AIDS research, the Clintons offered the best way to have any influence at all.
In 2000, Hillary Clinton said:
“Marriage has got historic, religious and moral content that goes back to the beginning of time, and I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and woman.”
Yet, give her props, as a Senator she did oppose George W. Bush‘s support for a Constitutional Amendment limiting legal marriage to one man / one woman. For me, it was confusing to know where she stood on LGBTQ issues.
Jason Collins, the first professional basketball player to come out of the closet, was friends with Chelsea Clinton while living in the same dorm with her at Stanford University. He remarked about just how totally comfortable the Clintons were dancing beside gay couples at Chelsea’s 30th birthday party in 2010. Collins:
“Chelsea kept a diverse inner circle and you know that probably had an effect on her parents’ thinking.”
When Collins come out in 2013, he went to the Clintons for support and advice. Hillary Clinton told Collins:
“There’s going to be a moment where everything is going so fast it feels like it’s moving at a million miles per second. At those moments, just take a breath, and keep going forward.”
When she became Secretary of State, Clinton changed the protocol so that same-sex partners of Foreign Service officers could have the same travel benefits as married couples.
She gave a speech in 2011 where she said:
“Gay Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Gay Rights.”
You didn’t hear Mitt Romney saying anything close, yet, in 2012, when Biden declared on television that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage, and Obama soon followed, saying: “same-sex couples should be able to get married”; Clinton stayed silent.
I figured that if she could “evolve”, so could I. I openly supported Clinton in 2016, even giving her money. November 8, 2016, was one of the saddest and most freighting evenings of my life. I had suspected that she wouldn’t win, but after PussyGate, I had grown so excited at the prospect of a smart female President who would be a certain ally for LGBTQ people.
Reading her and watching her for the past three years, my admiration has grown.
So, it is now 2020, and I say let’s let go of the election and instead consider Hillary Clinton the Fashion Icon. Her 2016 campaign was marked by, among other things, her fashion choices. Every color and style of pantsuit, jacket, and hairstyle was planned, sending a message to her supporters and pushing-back at critics who had been insulting her appearance since she was First Lady. She had to endure comments that even the type of man who wears too-large suits and who uses Scotch tape instead of a tie clip rarely endures.
At an event for International Women’s Day, Clinton wore a stylish blue pantsuit, the color associated with the Democratic Party. She also chose to wear a multi-colored patterned shirt underneath her suit, bolder than any mix of colors that Clinton had worn as a candidate. Maybe solids just do better with independent voters.
Our unstylish, lumpy orange president attacked her as lacking that “presidential look” during the campaign, but he can’t really get away with calling her a pig, dog, or slob when she shows up in a cream-colored wool Oscar de la Renta suit with big chunky gold jewelry like she did at an event earlier this year.
As a guest on The Graham Norton Show, Clinton was more relaxed and funnier than I had ever seen her. She also had a new hairstyle with bangs, something that wouldn’t have happened during the election unless a major P.R. procedure had been in place. Now, four years later, with a lost election, and some hiking in the woods, Clinton seems to have found a new, bolder, stronger approach to her style and her attitude.
Hillary Rodham Clinton: Secretary of State, Senator, FLOTUS, lawyer and law professor, activist, volunteer, author, mother, grandmother, Fashion Icon. She now dedicates herself to Onward Together, an organization encouraging people to organize, get involved, and run for office. Onward Together advances progressive values and works to build a brighter future.