Hillary Clinton jumps in front of SOTU to address her empowering of a sexual harasser on her campaign
About 15 minutes before President Trump’s State of the Union address began, Hillary Clinton posted an epic-length retrospective on her (mis)handling of sexual harassment on her 2008 campaign. Nice timing on her part.
Yes, why didn’t she fire Burns Strider, rather than reassigning the woman who accused him of harassment?
Well, things were different way back in 2008, you know, and we weren’t all feeling empowered by the #MeToo movement. Clinton writes:
We can’t go back, but we can certainly look back, informed by the present. We can acknowledge that even those of us who have spent much of our life thinking about gender issues and who have firsthand experiences of navigating a male-dominated industry or career may not always get it right.
I recognize that the situation on my 2008 campaign was unusual in that a woman complained to a woman who brought the issue to a woman who was the ultimate decision maker. There was no man in the chain of command. The boss was a woman. Does a woman have a responsibility to come down even harder on the perpetrator? I don’t know. But I do believe that a woman boss has an extra responsibility to look out for the women who work for her, and to better understand how issues like these can affect them.
In other words, she absolutely dropped the ball when it was in her court. So why not give her own State of Hillary address?
We told you it was epic-length. “I screwed up and I’m sorry” would have fit in a tweet.