As if the guys who mocked Hillary Clinton recently for going sans make-up wasn’t ridiculous, insulting and sexist enough, now another reporter claims that she’s fat and out of shape and, therefore, shouldn’t run for president. Apparently a person’s weight is at the top of voters’ priority lists and Hillary should head straight to the gym.
The asshole responsible for this latest ambush is Ed Klein–the same guy who wrote The Truth About Hillary which pries into Clinton’s personal i.e., none-of-our-frickin-business) life. So it’s really no surprise that he’s on the anti-Hillary campaign trail again. But to attack her because of her weight is reaching a new low.
Here’s what Klein told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade:
At this very moment that we’re speaking right now, Brian, [the Clintons] are already thinking seriously about running in 2016. She’ll be 69 years old. And as you know — and I don’t want to sound anti-feminist here — but she’s not looking good these days. She’s looking overweight, and she’s looking very tired.
He went on to say that Hillary needs to get her fat ass in shape if she wants to run for president:
I think she’s going to take some time off, get back into shape. And if her health holds out– that’s a big if, of course — if her health holds out, there’s no question in my mind she and Bill — two for the price of one — will run in 2016.
Her health? Don’t pretend to be concerned about her health here, Mr. Klein. It’s obvious that you’re a Hillary-hater who will take stabs wherever and whenever you can get them. I suppose you also thought she looked hideous when she “forgot” her make-up.
Newsflash: Women are not put on this earth to look good. We are here for the same reason that any man is, and that means living out our life’s purpose. For Hillary, that obviously includes making a difference in the world via politics–something she has proven time and time again that she is more than capable of doing (even with a possible few extra pounds).
But regardless of whether she has put on weight, and regardless of whether she’s tired or out of shape, I think we all know that’s not the point. Statements like Klein’s are just a reflection of a bigger problem in our society these days: We judge women harshly based simply on the way they look. It’s a sad state of affairs. We are obsessed with unrealistic, imperfect body ideals, and too many people are quick to mock a woman who is imperfect with flaws. That includes all of us!
It’s a very damaging and dangerous message to start sending about anyone, particularly female politicians where looks and weight should have absolutely nothing to do with their role. People don’t have to agree with a politician’s views or actions, but to criticize her based on her appearance is just insulting. It reeks of the declining state of the media’s ability to report on issues that are truly important. And it just makes this guy look like an anti-feminist ass.
Power to Hillary, no matter what her body or face looks like.