What Hillary Clinton is facing is pretty unfair. Nobody questions the other candidates about their spouses, their marriages, or whether they treated the other person who was outside the marriage well. I think the one thing getting in the way of Hillary Clinton right now, however, is Bill Clinton.
He should not have cheated, nor sexually harassed or possibly assaulted all of those women. While I can believe some of them were paid off by the other party to cause trouble for Democrats, I don’t think all of them were.
It’s possible that Hillary had mistreated these mistresses, but I don’t think anyone would have or could have done anything different. Nobody, if she truly loves a man, first blames the man for sexual misbehavior, even though she maybe should have. Both the man and the mistress are to blame. Even if she did blame him, could she really have showed it without destroying his career? Having a family is a prerequisite of being President of the United States. The idea goes, if a man is good to his family, only then can he be good to his friends and country.
Some Republicans reason that, by keeping silent, she is able to pursue her own political ambitions. They’re trying to say this is opportunistic. Why is it opportunistic? Why is there an implication that, just because her husband was unfaithful to her and she’s a woman, that she cannot run for President of the United States? We shouldn’t let Bill Clinton’s past actions hurt her candidacy, she doesn’t deserve that. She also doesn’t deserve to be the one being demonized for attempting to save her marriage when Monica Lewinsky supposedly fell in love with Bill Clinton.
The media is trying to say that the way Hillary discredited the women who claimed sexual assault or harassment from Bill Clinton is ugly. I say it is par for the course. I mean, if she didn’t support Bill Clinton both politically and emotionally, then why should she be married to him? Would it have been better if she betrayed her husband for feminism? When seeking solidarity amongst women, it is not fair to pit women against their husbands. For any person, given the choice between the person they’re married to, and a person of the same gender, any person would choose the person they’re married to. Especially if that person of the same gender is trying to break her marriage apart.
Why would you expect that of anybody? Would you want a woman who betrayed her husband to run for President? Of course, that would mean that she cannot run, unless she has a new spouse. I think Hillary Clinton electing to save her marriage is admirable. I regret that Bill Clinton wasn’t more penalized, but given that there’s a whole other discussion about how men find it “cool” to brag about their sexual conquests regardless of whether or not there was consent, I think Bill Clinton’s actions are just part of the bigger problem.
I just want to make clear here that, I am actually an undecided voter. There are possibly reasons that Bernie Sanders may make a better President, but Bill Clinton’s actions and the Clintons’ marriage history shouldn’t be among them. I’m just a woman expressing her outage.