Sarah Huckabee Sanders Unclear On Why She Is Not A Feminist Icon
Sarah Huckabee Sanders made her big debut on Fox and Friends yesterday in full-on Pitiful Pearl mode (minus the jaunty head scarf), whining about how terrible it is that so many other women do not think it was awesome that her actual job was to lie on behalf of a man who bragged about his tendency to grab women by the pussy. So much for empowerment, huh!
This came up, naturally, when co-host Steve Doocy asked if she still gets people coming up to her and saying terrible things and asking her to leave their restaurants all the time.
Via The Hill:
"Sometimes. You know, it usually depends on where I am in the country. Back home in Arkansas, things have been so far pretty easy and very welcoming," she began, before adding: "But every once in a while, you always have somebody who comes up to say something nasty to you."
"Like what," Doocy asked.
"What I always find interesting is 99 percent of the people who come over to say something negative, and to attack you, are women. And I find that very startling from a group of people that claim to be the champions of women empowerment," Sanders said.
"I am only the third woman and the first mom to ever be the White House press secretary," she continued. "And yet women attack me relentlessly, instead of being proud that we have more women doing those types of jobs."
"Do you ever say that to them?" co-host Ainsley Earhardt asked.
"Sometimes. But, usually, what they're looking for is a reaction. So, I always find it's best to nod, smile and say thank you for your time and walk on," Sanders said.
True. It's like how everyone always talks about how Elizabeth Bathory maybe murdered like 650 people but they never mention that she basically managed a big chunk of Hungary all on her own while her husband was away at war. Or how no one talks about how Leona Helmsley really made her mark as a woman in the real estate and hotel businesses. And no one ever talks about how Imelda Marcos later ran her very own business, selling shoes and accessories. All just because they were really bad people who did bad things! So unfair!
You see, conservatives believe that it doesn't matter to us what someone thinks, does, believes, is qualified for or is good at, just so long as that person is not a straight white male — and they would like to benefit from that. They would like to be able to parade a woman or a person of color out and have all of us go "Well, they're not a straight white man, so they must have a point. Maybe Donald Trump is awesome and totally not sexist!" and to be able to accuse us of being hypocrites if we do not. They keep trying to do a whole "TWO CAN PLAY THIS GAME!" game. But the problem is, that is not actually what we believe. It is not what anyone believes.
As a feminist, I believe in equality. I believe women can be just as evil as men, and so I have absolutely no qualms about saying that that woman is one evil mother-hucker.
AND, for reasons, we are now making this the open thread. Have a lovely day!
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