Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Hillary's difficulty relating to trans people

Remember that despite posing as the ultimate friend to LGBTQ America, Hillary's always been a foot dragger and a bit of a disappointment.  She was that way on reproductive rights as well which is why, in January 2005, reproductive rights activists were calling her out.  In "Just Like This Train," Joni Mitchell sings, "I'm always running behind the times, just like this train" -- that pretty much describes Hillary.  Lucy Diavolo has an important essay at Teen Vogue:

Former senator, first lady, and presidential contender Hillary Clinton has made headlines after she expressed her thoughts on transgender people in an interview with The Sunday Times. Discussing trans people’s rights, Clinton was reportedly “uneasy” and talked of generational differences in acceptance.It started when Sunday Times interviewer Decca Aitkenhead asked the extremely leading question if someone with a beard and a penis can be a woman, an anti-trans talking point designed to insinuate that trans rights will give men the capacity to invade women’s spaces. Chelsea Clinton, Hillary’s daughter and co-author of a new book for which she’s been doing a publicity tour, answered yes, affirming the idea that a trans woman is a trans woman no matter if and how she has transitioned.
“Errr. I’m just learning about this,” Hillary responded, according to the Daily Mail (a British tabloid that has itself antagonized the trans community). “It’s a very big generational discussion, because this is not something I grew up with or ever saw. It’s going to take a lot more time and effort to understand what it means to be defining yourself differently.”
The idea that advancing trans rights will give men access to women’s spaces isn’t the only TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) talking point that Aitkenhead tossed to the Clintons. She also asked about the debate over sexual preferences and whether or not it’s transphobic for someone who identifies as a lesbian to refuse to sleep with people with penises. Again, Chelsea seemed put out by the question, but Hillary reportedly nodded.
Hillary also agreed with Aitkenhead that there’s “absolutely” a generational divide on the issue of recognizing the existence of transgender people. That Hillary and Chelsea were so at odds during the interview may seem to illustrate that generational divide — or it may have just been Chelsea upset at watching her mom fall into the rhetorical traps of the British media’s long-standing antagonistic framing of trans issues.
“I think you’ve got to be sensitive to how difficult this is,” Hillary went on to say. “There are women who’d say [to a trans woman], ‘You know what, you’ve never had the kind of life experiences that I’ve had. So I respect who you are, but don’t tell me you’re the same as me.’ I hear that conversation all the time.”
[. . .]
Clinton's seeming disregard for trans rights is an issue for me as a trans person because, despite losing the 2016 election, she remains a champion for many Democrats — the only party I can even think about relying on to advance my rights, even if it’s often as a political football Republicans try to take in the other direction. In fact, when Clinton lost in 2016, there was a rash of hot takes seemingly implicating transgender people (as a figure representing identity politics) as a reason for her downfall, underscoring to me at the time the capricious nature of support for my existence.
To be clear: I don’t need lip service from liberals any more than I need direct attacks from conservatives. But it doesn’t seem too much to ask for Hillary Clinton and others at her level to acknowledge the history of transgender people as something she grew up with, even if she never saw it at the time.
For example, when Clinton says transgender people asking for dignity is “not something I grew up with or ever saw,” it betrays the fact that she seemingly has no idea of transgender history. Clinton was born in 1947, just as the social restructuring brought on by World War II was creating new spaces for LGBTQ people. She would’ve been 21 in June of 1969, the same age as some participants in the Stonewall riots that took place that month, which was led in part by trans women and largely considered the launch of the modern-day LGBTQ movement.
In the ’70s, Clinton was finishing school at Yale, marrying Bill, and becoming first lady of Arkansas. Meanwhile, the LGBTQ rights movement was building foundations for its advocacy. In 1978, the year Bill was elected governor of the southern state, the rainbow pride flag was first flown in San Francisco. The ’80s were defined for many LGBTQ people by the AIDS crisis, spawning the famous activism of groups like ACTUP; Clinton was still first lady of Arkansas for much of the decade as she started serving on the boards of high-profile corporations. And In the ’90s, when Clinton was first lady of the United States, the trans pride flag was created.

But even before Clinton was a grown woman, trans people existed. Why else would the ’50s and ’60s have seen the start of a wave of cities passing laws against wearing clothes of the “opposite” gender?

Not only did they exist but I remember a story from The New York Times in the early '00s where Bully Boy Bush went to his college reunion or hosted an event at the White House and one of the attendees was a person who was born a man but who had transitioned to her true female self.  Let me look for that story.

Okay, found an article:

May 29, 2003

First Transgender Person Officially Visits White House

George W. Bush became the first president to officially welcome an openly transgender person, Petra Leilani Akwai, into the White House as part of a Yale 1968 class reunion.

Most of the big transgender advocacy organizations started up during the Bush years – the equality center, the Transgender Law Center, the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, and the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health.

And let's note something from when Hillary was First Lady:

December 1993

Brandon Teena

Brandon Teena, a 21-year-old transgender man, was beaten, raped and murdered in Nebraska. His story was later shared in the film “Boys Don’t Cry.”

So it's really disappointing that she wants to play so unaware.

But she's really disappointing as Rose McGowan has noted (see Ann's "Rose McGowan").  From Buzzfeed:

Journalist Ronan Farrow said the lack of support from powerful progressives such as Hillary Clinton during his reporting on sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein felt like a "gut punch."

"It is an example of how power protects power," Farrow said in an appearance on BuzzFeed News' AM to DM on Tuesday to discuss his new book Catch and Kill, in which he says NBC News tried to quash his reporting on Weinstein. Farrow's story went on to win a Pulitzer Prize after it was published in the New Yorker, and helped launch the #MeToo movement and a public reckoning about sexual misconduct by powerful men.

And yet she was insisting she barely knew Harvey Weinstein, remember?  She really should be ashamed.  When you think of how many interviews she's given since 2016, marvel over how she's not questioned about that or much of anything of importance.  Instead, she's treated like a saint.  Sorry, she's no saint.

Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Tuesday, October 15, 2019.  As the debate approaches, Tulsi Gabbard sends her RSVP and Hunter Biden -- active in his addiction -- refuses to take accountability for his actions.

Tonight, in the United States, several candidates face off for the Democratic Party's presidential debate.  Several?

She kept everyone waiting but made her decision 24 hours ago . . .

I will be attending the debate.

We are so very lucky the Drama Queen will be attending.  She complained, she accused, she threatened not to show and in the end?  It was all just more fake assery from Tulsi.  She really is an idiot.  Doubt it?

 Pinned Tweet
I love our country. It’s why I decided to enlist after 9/11, why I serve in Congress, and why I’m offering to serve as your commander in chief — to protect you, our Constitution, our freedom.

The stupid fool still has that as her pinned Tweet.  A 3rd grader should know better but let's break it down for the dumb ass.  "I'm offering to serve as your commander in chief"?  Who's that directed at?  The President of the United States is the commander in chief over . . . the military.  Not over the citizenry.  Did she not pay attention growing up or is she just stupid?  The president is over the military because the Founders believed in civilian control over the military.  There is no commander in chief over We The People.  She really is an idiot or maybe she's just so addicted to military madness that she can't grasp reality.

She's not the only one struggling.

Joe Biden will be on the stage tonight.  The War Hawk is also seeking the nomination.  And this is confusing to Hanna Trudo (DAILY BEAST).  All the campaigns, she insists, are talking about the fact that Hunter Biden -- Joe's corrupt son -- will be on GOOD MORNING AMERICA today (taped interview) as well as ABC WORLD NEWS TONIGHT talking about his 'lapse.'  They can't, Hanna insists, understand why he's allowed this to happen.  Now the issue of Hunter will be front and center at the debate.

It's all so confusing for Hanna.  But for the campaigns?

I spoke to friends with the campaigns of six candidates who will be on stage tonight.  Were they surprised?

Not at all.

Joe knows this is a serious issue and hopes to bury it tonight and claim, "I've addressed this."

Everyone knows that except Hanna -- maybe she knows it but just feels the need to create drama?

Here's Hanna playing the reader for an idiot:

Biden’s son has been uncredibly accused, largely by the president and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, over unsubstantiated claims of misconduct tied to business dealings in Ukraine and China. Hunter Biden stepped down from the board of a private gas firm before his father launched his presidential bid over the spring, but that didn’t stop the president from relentlessly unleashing attacks on his work. And over recent days, the narrative shifted to China. On Oct. 13, when Hunter Biden announced he would also step down from the board of the Chinese private equity company he served on, some outside observers saw the arrangement as ethically dubious.

Hunter is "uncredibly accused" of a crime.  He is rightly accused of misconduct.  Corruption is misconduct.  A lack of ethics is misconduct.  While his father was the second most powerful person in the United States for eight years, Hunter used his father's name and the promise of access to his father to profit.  That is unethical.


Link to headline article


And it's so typical of the press to let this slide.  They play favorites, they lie outright, anything to defend Joe Biden.

Constitutional expert Jonathan Turley (at THE HILL) notes:

Hunter Biden: The mere mention of his name seemingly triggers the vapors among cable TV hosts and their guests.
When President Trump turned to the Bidens and Ukraine in a speech, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace cut off the coverage, declaring she had to protect the listeners: “We hate to do this, really, but the president isn't telling the truth.” When Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) tried to answer a question about the Ukraine scandal by referencing the Bidens, “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd angrily told him not to “gaslight” the nation.
The Bidens, simply, are not what well-bred people discuss in polite company, apparently. Indeed, many journalists seem to be channeling not Edward R. Murrow, the fabled CBS newscaster, but Florence Hartley, the author of “The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness” in 1872. Hartley warned her readers to “avoid, at all times, mentioning subjects or incidents that can in any way disgust your hearers.”
For news shows on MSNBC, CNN and other cable networks, nothing is more disgusting than the mention of what Hunter Biden actually was doing in Ukraine.
For those brave enough to read on, I wish to dispense with one threshold issue: I was critical of claims over the last three years of “proven” crimes and impeachable offenses in the Russia investigation. However, the first day that Trump’s Ukraine call was disclosed, I stated that — if a quid pro quo were proved — the alleged self-dealing with military aid would be an impeachable offense. My point: Raising concerns over Hunter Biden does not mean you are excusing Trump’s actions.
What is most remarkable about the paucity of coverage of Hunter Biden’s dealings is the conclusory mantra that “this has all been investigated.” Many TV hosts prefer to focus on President Trump’s dubious claim that former Vice President Joe Biden forced the firing of Ukraine’s chief prosecutor to protect his son. I, too, fail to see compelling evidence to support Trump’s charge.
There is, however, that other problem of Hunter Biden landing a windfall contract with one of Ukraine’s most corrupt figures after his father took charge of potentially billions in U.S. loans and aid for Ukraine. That is what no one seems to want to discuss.
Indeed, the Biden campaign has been remarkably open in demanding that news organizations stop airing interviews or publishing articles about the allegations. Instead of calling it “fake news” (which is virtually copyrighted by Trump), the Biden campaign calls such coverage “conspiracy theories.”

That's the reality and the press wants to look the other way.  And then they wonder why the viewers don't trust them.

So we're all supposed to pretend that the second Hunter's brother Beau died, Hunter didn't move in on the widow?  Didn't leave his family?  Didn't have his then-wife note in court documents that Hunter spent great sums of money on hookers and drugs?

We're all supposed to pretend otherwise?  Pretend that he wasn't kicked out of the Reserves in 2014 for cocaine use?

This is not ancient history.

Hunter is an addict and no one's helping an addict by covering up for him.

What he did was corrupt, what he did was unethical.

Let's listen to the drug addict for a moment.

EXCLUSIVE: Hunter Biden says he doesn't regret serving on board of Ukrainian gas company. "What I regret is not taking into account that there would be a Rudy Giuliani and a president...that would be listening to this—this ridiculous conspiracy idea."

What he regrets are not his actions but that he didn't anticipate that Rudy G would show up on down the line.

The term for that "stinking thinking."  It's the same b.s. nonsense that got him into this mess.  He hasn't learned a damn thing.  He's still active in his addiction and still not getting honest.

He is an addict.  America recognizes the 12 steps as a way of treating addiction.  Hunter can't even pull off the first step.

Shame on any news outlet that refuses to address this and instead covers up for him.

His lack of ethics and his corruption are part of his drug addiction.

And shame on Joe for allowing this nonsense to happen -- the original corruption and this nonsense that Hunter is offering today.

He misses Beau, Joe does.  I know that, I don't doubt it.  But he doesn't miss Beau enough to get real with his only living son Hunter.  Joe's enabling Hunter and if Hunter dies of his drug addiction, Joe better be prepared to take part of the blame because Hunter's interview makes clear that Hunter is active in his disease and Joe's just going to let that happen.

Hunter Biden contrasting his Dad to Trump: "My dad doesn't go after other people's kids. He just doesn't. Never has." Dude. You are 49 years old! 😂😂😂 cc

Breaking News: Joe Biden's son Hunter told ABC News he made no "ethical lapse" working in Ukraine and China and blamed President Trump for inciting controversy

Hunter's entire life is an ethical lapse -- from screwing his brother's widow to leaving a crack pipe in a rental car.  He is a soon to be 50-year-old man who has never taken accountability for his actions and clearly is not going to start now unless prompted to do so.

And the press is going to enable addiction?

No one is doing him any favors.

That both Joe & Hunter Biden think they did nothing wrong whatsoever is, in itself, the problem:

And, to be clear, Hunter Biden basically admitted this morning he was paid absurd amounts of money because of his political connections, even if it was legally above board

While a few tell the truth, old whores like Andrea Mitchell continue to try to mislead.

On Hunter Biden : "It was claimed (Hunter) made $50,000 serving on board of natural gas company in Ukraine. There's been many allegations about China, but doesn't seem he benefitted-Ivanka/Jared would be $6.8 million/month last year. Compare that to $50,000."

Andrea's own nepotism and corruption is well known.  She spent yesterday serving up crap like that.  She should be removed from NBC NIGHTLY NEWS broadcasts and confined to her trashy talk show on MSNBC because she's made clear for one and all that she is not about journalism.  (She actually made that clear in 2015 and 2016 but most weren't paying attention.)  She sold the Iraq War and she just keeps selling lies.

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