“‘This is not ok,’ I thought. It was the second presidential debate, and Donald trump was looming behind me. Two days before, the world heard him bragging about groping women. Now, we were on a small stage, and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces. It was incredibly uncomfortable. He was literally breathing down my neck. My skin crawled.
“It was one of those moments you wish you could hit pause and ask everyone watching, ‘well, what would you do?’ Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on, as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye, and say loudly and clearly, ‘back up, you creep. Get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.’ I chose option A. I kept my cool, aided by a lifetime of dealing with difficult men trying to throw me off. I did however, grip the microphone extra hard. I wonder though whether if I should have chosen option B. It certainly would have been better TV. Maybe I have over-learned the lesson of staying calm, biting my tongue, digging my fingernails into a clenched fist, smiling all the while, determined to present a composed face to the world.”
It’s been 10 months since the most shocking election in recent modern history, and Hillary Clinton is saying now what she wanted to say then. We all knew she’d have something to say in the limelight of a wall-hitting political career, but this was a doozy.
On October 7, 2016, America was treated to the raw video of a man who thought he was alone with a buddy, joking about and admitting the sexual assault of women he came across. There was hardly a single person to be found defending it. Heck, even Reince Preibus quietly suggested Trump drop out of the race. But, two days later, Hillary Clinton faced him in the second of three presidential debates, making for some of the best made-for-tv political drama in history. Now, after almost a year in relative exile, she’s speaking out about the campaign, and she’s holding nothing back. Perhaps she realizes she has nothing left to lose. Literally, nothing.
70,000+ votes in three pivotal, traditional blue states sent Hillary Clinton packing after an election she felt entitled to win. Everything had been lined up, and Donald Trump was arguably the most obnoxious, offensive and unrestrained candidate to ever run for president. But, the results went the opposite way, and now she’s working on explaining her own process, before and after the election. She must feel intense depression for having lost an election against someone like Trump. I mean, it takes an amazingly bad candidate to lose such a race. I suppose there will be those who want to hear her personal debrief, but I’m not one of them.
However, calling the president a “creep” may sell a few more books for her.
In a seven-month presidency that has been filled with Russian collusion investigations, crowd sizes, Muslim bans, staff “resignations,” failed repeal bills, more Russian investigations, saber-rattling with North Korea, profane speeches to Boy Scouts, more staff “resignations,” Nazi equivocation, riots, and more Russian investigations, Trump’s history with the other gender (yes, there are just two) has been a footnote. At least, so far. Now, it may come back to the surface, as the news constantly churns out new developments of a chaotic presidency.
Then again, why give him the headline? The adage “he who controls the microphone controls the conversation” means we’re facilitating his instability by covering it. But how can we not?
I don’t know… Maybe I’m just getting tired – because it’s not passivity – but I’m not sure I want to go that route again. We already know he’s a creep. We already know he’s the stereotype of spurned high school bullies. It’s clear that his defenders don’t care. I’m not interested in making them care anymore.
I suppose I am interested in cataloguing, and not forgetting every single abrasive, angry, hateful, childish, uncivil, obsessive trait this president shows. Someday, it may be needed for either a big election, or a big impeachment trial. So, I guess take note, file it away somewhere, and remember this election when the next one comes along.
Hopefully, America will do a better job than nominating the two worst candidates on the planet, and forcing us to choose which creep we want as president. Because for people like me, who voted for neither one, it brings no joy to watch America beat each other bloody and senseless (sometimes literally) over why they picked one liar over the other.