2016 presidential candidate front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton is facing severe criticism for something she didn’t do as well as did do, according to a Yahoo! News report on Tuesday. The former secretary of state in the Obama administration is being severely criticized for not rebuking a male audience member who made an incredibly inappropriate remark aimed at Republican presidential candidate and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. The criticism is not only coming from Republicans, as one would expect, but the negative comments and concerns are coming from many media sources and even some left-leaning feminists as well.
Clinton was attending a veterans’ event the day before Veterans Day in New Hampshire. During her event, a man who had her attention described to her that he was one of many people who was laid off by Hewlett-Packard when Fiorina was the CEO of the tech giant. The man told her that Fiorina laid off over 40,000 people. The man went on to say that Fiorina claims she is a great CEO. Then he said that every time he sees Fiorina on television, he wants to reach through the television screen and “strangle her.” As the Clinton crowd awkwardly laughed at the man’s comment, the man then concluded his comments by admitting that what he has said “doesn’t sound very nice.” But, he didn’t take the comment back at all. The issue with the man’s comments is that Hillary Clinton displayed one of her hearty laughs at the man’s comment about strangling Carly Fiorina as well. Besides obviously enjoying the inappropriate comment, her only verbal response was simply to state, “I wouldn’t mess you.”
The issue with the critics of this incident – other than the notion that Clinton should have admonished the comment rather than respond by obviously being humored and accepting of the comment – is the hypocrisy involved. Conservatives have highlighted the incident as an example as to how the left – or Democrats – as well as the media are incredibly hypocritical. They claim that there is little doubt that there would be an incredibly highly-publicized scandal if any Republican candidate such as Donald Trump, Ben Carson or Jeb Bush – or any of the other GOP candidates – had committed a similar public act against Hillary Clinton or any other high-profile Democrat.
Sarah Isgur Flores was one of the first to respond to the unfortunate exchange between Clinton and the man by taking to social media, says CNN. She expressed her opinion by writing the following on Twitter: “Let’s all watch @HillaryClinton’s media lapdogs explain why this is ok in 3, 2, 1…#whatbias.” Allison Moore, the Republican National Committee’s press secretary said that Clinton needs to issue an immediate apology for her lack of appropriate response to the incident. She said:
By laughing off a male questioner’s desire to strangle Carly Fiorina, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats have lost all credibility claiming to be a party that stand up for women. Jokes about committing acts of violence against women are always in poor taste and should be condemned every time.
Even women on the left would be in agreement with that statement. As could be expected, the Democrats who appear to endlessly accuse the Republicans of being behind some sort of ‘war against women’ are attempting to laugh the incident off by saying that it was only a joke. The glaring problem is – nobody seems to be laughing except Clinton. This follows up with the question the Republicans continually ask when the Democrats dare to accuse the conservatives of having a ‘war against women:’ They ask something along the lines of: “What about Bill Clinton’s actions in the Oval Office? Now there is your ‘war against women!'”