Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has taken to flying the feminist flag over the past several days, but her history of shaming and threatening her husband’s accusers is catching up with her.
In an effort to sure up her support among female votes, Clinton used the final minutes of Monday’s debate to drive home the narrative that her Republican rival is anti-woman by resurrecting a story about a Miss Universe pageant winner from two decades ago.
After moderator Lester Holt asked Donald Trump to clarify his comments about his opponent’s “stamina” and “look,” Clinton chimed in:
“You know, he tried to switch from looks to stamina. But this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs… And one of the worst things he said was about a woman in a beauty contest. He loves beauty contests, supporting them and hanging around them. And he called this woman ‘Miss Piggy.’ Then he called her ‘Miss Housekeeping,’ because she was Latina. Donald, she has a name. Her name is Alicia Machado, and she has become a U.S. citizen, and you can bet she’s going to vote this November.”
While Clinton has made feminism the hallmark of her 2016 campaign, her authority on the matter is lacking given her past remarks about the women who came forward to speak about her husband’s sexual transgressions. During a January 1998 interview with the Today Show, then First Lady Hillary Clinton was asked by Matt Lauer if the American people reserve the right to call for her husband’s resignation should it be proven that “an adulterous liaison” and subsequent “cover up” occurred.
“Well, if all that were proven true, I think that would be a serious offense,” she responded before quickly doubling down. “That is not going to be proven true. I think we are going to find some other things. I think when all of this is put into context and we really look at the people involved, at their motivations, look at their backgrounds, look at their past behavior, some folks are going to have a lot to answer for.”
With women like Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky already being brought into the fray this election cycle, only time will tell if the Clinton camp continues down the road of painting Trump as a misogynist given Hillary’s very public history of threatening, discrediting, and shaming her husband’s accusers.
You can watch the clip from Hillary’s 1998 interview here.