Why Do People Hate Hillary Clinton?

People don’t have to like Hillary Clinton. People don’t have to vote for Hillary in the primaries. Or in the general election. But much like the anti-Obama vitriol, everyone should check in with themselves as to why they don’t like her.

Much of what I see posted by liberals, progressives (of which I consider myself), and conservatives is sexist.

My comment: “The term ‘victim card,’ much like ‘race card,’ is a patronizing, dehumanizing phrase that only benefits those in power. You betray your own sexism by throwing it around as if it isn’t a patriarchal construct meant to diminish non-white-male experiences.”

Bias is a scientific fact. The goal of “good people” is to be aware and work through inherent bias, not to think: “Well, I’m a good person so I must not be racist or sexist.” It’s not magic or an admonishment against our character. We are less racist and sexist after we understand our world, society, neighborhood, family and personal lives and confront the inherent racism and sexism in our thoughts and actions. Good character is about the work involved in battling against prejudice.

Super Tuesday is here: Vote your conscience, not your bias.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

5 thoughts to “Why Do People Hate Hillary Clinton?”

  1. My son and his friend were debating the presidential candidates in my family room for two hours the other night and I listened in. Mostly, I was impressed by the fact that they took such an interest and was determined not to interrupt or influence. But then I heard Jack’s friend say this:

    “We can’t elect Hillary to be President. There are too many people in this country who won’t take a woman seriously.”

    Huh. Really? So THAT is the reason not to elect someone? Because there are still sexists around? The same thing could be said about racists not taking President Obama seriously (or, in fact, wishing him dead!).

    I *might* have mentioned something along those lines to the boys. I also pointed out that for the rest of their conversation, they’d referred to the men with their last names, not by their first. Trump. Cruz. Kasich.


    I guess that’s because saying Clinton might be confusing? Or maybe it’s just lack of respect?
    Oh wait. They also say Bernie.
    So maybe it’s a Democrat thing. 😉

    As always, I look forward to your insight, honesty and perspective, Alex.
    I think we’re going to need a lot more of it before November.

  2. I adore Bernie. I voted for Hillary. Her many years of hard, tedious work around the world have given her capabilities of running the USA. She’s not perfect. This is the primaraies. I’ll vote in the general for whichever Democrat wins. We just CAN’T have Trump or Cruz for president. We’d be set back at least sixty years if one of the GOPs win. Bernie and Hillary have agreed that whichever one wins, they will campaign for the other one. Smart folks!’ Marge, age 76.

  3. I don’t hate Hillary Clinton, but I can’t warm up to her, and after living abroad with her as Secretary of State, I certainly would never vote for her for President. I know I’m not the only one. She completely bungled that job, just as she had bungled her undersecretary-equivalence on her husband’s Health Care Reform task force. Her e-mails were only the top of the iceberg; all the embassies were in complete disarray when she left.

    And John Kerry? Well, if anything, now we can see plainly that he would have been a more “competent” president in the sense that he was a more “competent” Secretary of State, i.e., steamrolling his way through the job and ripping up anything that didn’t conform to his tastes and prejudices. (George W. Bush at least confined his destructive efforts to anything that didn’t line up to his buddies’ material interests and his political allies’ loud demands, which was more than bad enough but somewhat less arbitrary. Kerry was the kind of guy who would have reinstalled Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti.) My local friends who work at the embassies are at a loss: the State Department has taken to openly flouting local employment law in the U.S. vassal states that are NATO countries (notably by withholding both legally required and contractually promised sick leave benefits), and when they have been condemned by the local courts, they have refused to pay up. I am sure there was a bit of arm-twisting on the countries’-in-question executive branches to allow this happen, and I have little doubt a couple of phone calls from Washington were persuasive to that end.

    So no, it’s not sexism: it’s the fact that she turned out to be one of two *very* lousy back-to-back choices the current POTUS made to head the State Department.

    The electors assented to Hillary Clinton’s role in the executive branch and by extension her health care debacle when her husband promised in 1992, “Two for the price of one!” if he was elected. She was rejected by the voters in 2008, only to be forced on them through nomination to the State Department (no doubt in exchange for endorsing Barack Obama in the general election). So far the American electorate has only had the wool pulled over its eyes once. Let’s not let it happen again. Or as they say, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me!”

  4. I’m growing weary from election season because things have gotten to mean-spirited and ugly. And the worst part is that it feels like every election season gets uglier than the last.

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