No, Mr. Obama, it’s not sexism that’s turning the tide against Hillary Clinton
President Obama blames sexism for Hillary Clinton’s tight presidential race. But that’s not the “ism” that’s holding her back. Donald Trump has opened an eight-point advantage over Clinton on which candidate is honest and trustworthy, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News Tracking Poll. “Truthism” — defined as the voters’ preference for candidates who tell the truth and obey the law — is interfering with Hillary’s plan to become the first woman president.
Obama suggests it’s time. No argument there. But Hillary’s not the one to make history. Voters need to remember her history. She’s gotten where she is by riding her husband’s coattails … and by lying. Electing Hillary Clinton would validate the wrong ways to get ahead. It would endanger our nation’s precious heritage: the rule of law.
Hillary resembles Eva Peron more than a pioneering feminist like Susan B. Anthony or Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
On the campaign trail, as Hillary vows to “crack every last glass ceiling” and win equality for women, she often invokes her supposed struggles to become the first female partner at the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas. What’s the real story? She got that law job in — surprise — 1977, just after hubby Bill Clinton was sworn in as the state’s attorney general. She was catapulted to partner two years later, when Bill was sworn in as governor.
Electing Hillary Clinton would validate the wrong ways to get ahead. It would endanger our nation’s precious heritage: the rule of law.
Fast forward to 1993. Newly inaugurated President Bill Clinton announced a Task Force on National Health Care Reform and made Hillary the chair. This was his wife’s big moment, but she insisted on keeping secret the names of her advisers, barred the public and press from her task force meetings and presented an entire revamp of the nation’s health care system to Congress without even getting the lawmakers’ input. Her arrogance set back the cause of health reform for many years.
Then, in 2000, Hillary spotted another chance to capitalize on her husband’s position. She moved to New York, where she had never lived or worked, and ran for the U.S. Senate, rolling over any locals who might have sought the nomination. Chuck Schumer took pains to deny the obvious on election night, declaring “she won this election not because she was first lady, but because she worked hard.” Right.
After an unremarkable stint as New York’s senator and a failed presidential bid in 2008, Hillary took the consolation prize of secretary of state in 2009. Four years later, she left the State Department in shambles, according to numerous Inspector General reports, with diplomatic posts unsecured, $6 billion unaccounted for and the department’s official records missing.
Hillary is in hot water with the FBI because, as secretary of state, she conducted all her business on a private email system, shunning the government system that is subject to oversight and Freedom of Information Act requests. She even sent and received classified information on that private, easily hacked system, which put the nation’s security at risk. And after leaving office, she dodged requests for her records. Instead, she destroyed thousands of emails and smashed as many as 13 computers and handheld devices.
The details of the FBI’s ongoing investigation of her private email system are complex, but everybody who’s ever worked knows that when you leave a job, you don’t destroy the records and smash your computer. Honest people don’t have to do that.
Why did she? Some have speculated that she was hiding a pay-to-play scheme where the Clintons raked in multimillion-dollar gifts to their foundation and megabucks speaking fees for Bill Clinton in return for access to the secretary of state. News leaked this week that the FBI is conducting an extensive investigation into the Clinton Foundation.
Hillary is also under investigation for perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives. She’s even in legal hot water in her new hometown, Chappaqua, N.Y., for renovating her house without getting the required permits from town hall. Just one more example of why she’s surrounded by scandal. She thinks laws are for the little people. She doesn’t have to obey them.
Clinton’s disdain for the law and her sense of entitlement are finally catching up with her. Women who make it on their own know that these attitudes can torpedo a career. President Obama is trying to tell voters that sexism is to blame for their reluctance to vote for Hillary. Don’t believe it.
Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D. is chairman of Reduce Infection Deaths and a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research. A former Lt. Governor of New York, she is author of “Beating Obamacare.”