Bill Clinton may have once been a hound, but I always get the impression that he genuinely likes women. Donald Trump says he respects women but he is actually a misogynist.
It is true that Bill Clinton seems to have cheated on his marriage on more than one occasion. He was “busted” for his infidelity very publicly and I bet it was pretty humiliating and painful, although he kept an exterior demeanor of male deniability. And it is possible that Monica Lewinsky, although young, was involved in a scheme to entrap the then President Bill Clinton, which meant that he had a reputation. But of course, we know of no other male politician who used his charisma and power to attract women, young and old, do we?
Bill Clinton never blamed Lewinsky, although he split hairs in order to technically avoid lying when he said “I never had sex with that woman.” He and Hillary have already gone through whatever public and private hell they had to get through. Hillary must have expected to go through this again when she decided to run for the Presidency. But this is old news and Bill Clinton has also shown compassion when it comes to the plight of the women and children around the world who live without hope.
I’m guessing that Bill Clinton still carries a good deal of charm and charisma with him. While I’m not sure that he is the lady-killer he once was, he never, ever says anything, at least I can’t think of anything he has said, that degrades women, either as a group or individually.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, has told us that he finds women who confront us, in any public way as biological entities to be disgusting. He says he loves women and that he respects women, but apparently he only really loves “Barbie”. Real women don’t all come with nipped waists, long locks, perfect features, and exotic accents. Apparently Trump wives don’t have to use the bathroom.
At least when speaking about his wives or his daughters he would never give just enough fictional and generic detail to hook into our bathroom schema and make us imagine Hillary sitting in a place that no truly civilized person of this century would call attention to. He did this to degrade her, to make her seem like an animal, a peasant, to strip away any elegance she might portray. Hillary may not have even been in the ladies room. She could have been getting a last minute refresher in make-up.
Who is disgusting – Hillary for possibly doing something we all have to do, or Donald Trump for painting a just-graphic-enough picture of something he only made up. How low can you go, Mr. Trump? This has nothing to do with political correctness, this has to do with acting civilized.
As if this were not gross enough we get treated to a trifecta of intolerance when Trump told the crowd he was addressing about Hillary getting “schlonged” by Obama. A “schlong” in Yiddish is a penis. Schlonged is not a real verb although the word can be used as an adjective as in long-schlonged. Here is anti-Semitism (cultural appropriation), Racism (if you don’t know I just can’t tell you), and Sexism all in one handy dandy, Freudian, ungrammatical package (oops, double-entendre). Have we ever been treated to such a trashy display, such a bonanza of male-degrading-female schlonging in our whole lives? We can all do gross and disgusting I suspect; we just don’t. It makes life seem too savage, animalistic, primitive, and mean.
Why would we elect a President who takes us to those places? We want a real grown-up with good social skills and someone who genuinely wants to bring about our visions of a future where people live well and where basic needs are met or exceeded. We would like a life to perhaps include something that makes that life seem meaningful, even if on a very simple scale.
Donald Trump doesn’t make me feel that any of these goals are important to him, a man who seems to wish to leave his opponents naked and shivering in a grimy corner somewhere stripped of all the accouterments that give our lives a veneer of progress. I just never hear him paint a rosy picture of the America and the world he would like to leave for those who come after. He thinks that wealth and power are the only things that matter on this earth. Poor Donald. Poor us if we fall for this huckster.
By Nancy Brisson