Stephen Sinclair is a Canadian freelance writer who has been publishing professionally for several years.
Who Is Hillary Clinton?
Hillary Clinton has served as secretary of state in the administration of former President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. She has also served as a U.S. Senator from New York, from 2001 to 2009. She was also America's First Lady of the United States during her husband, former President Bill Clinton's, two terms in office.
Further, Hillary Clinton has run for president, twice. In 2008, she lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama. In 2016, after winning her party's backing, she lost the Electoral College vote to Republican reality television host and political outsider Donald Trump, after winning the popular vote by 2.9 million votes, as reported by CNN.
The 70-year-old Wellesley College and Yale University graduate has recently been criticized for her perceived lack of action with regard to a 30 year old campaign worker who was said to have been sexually harassed by Burns Strider, a faith adviser to Clinton.
"Mrs. Clinton’s campaign manager at the time recommended that she fire the adviser, Burns Strider, but Mrs. Clinton did not. Instead, Mr. Strider was docked several weeks of pay and ordered to undergo counseling, and the young woman was moved to a new job," writes The New York Times.
Former Secretary of State Refused to Fire Faith Adviser
Burns Strider Sexually Harassed Campaign Worker
Strider was said to have sent Clinton "scripture readings every morning for months during the campaign."
"Maybe Hillary Clinton's faith is really important to her, but I would argue that if someone in your campaign has been accused of sexual harassment by another employee in your campaign, you should reconsider whether or not that person should be there," Ana Kasparian, with The Young Turks, stated in a recent video.
On January 26, Hillary Clinton tweeted, "A story appeared today about something that happened in 2008. I was dismayed when it occurred, but was heartened the young woman came forward, was heard, and had her concerns taken seriously and addressed."
Followed by, "I called her today to tell her how proud I am of her and to make sure she knows what all women should: we deserve to be heard."
What Clinton fails to address is that, five years later, Strider was hired by Correct the Record, "an independent group that supported Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 candidacy," and was subsequently fired for similar behavior.
Ana Kasparian asked how, if a "person's sole role in your campaign is to be your faith adviser, and there are credible sexual harassment allegations against him, doesn't that now make him, or his faith advisement, null and void?"
30-Year-Old Campaign Worker Forced to Sign Nondisclosure Agreement
The New York Times has questioned why Clinton didn't listen to the advice of her campaign executives Jess O’Connell, the national director of operations, and Patti Solis Doyle, the campaign manager. The Times piece, which was written by Maggie Haberman and Amy Chozick, described Clinton aides being unwilling to discuss the incident, which was previously unreported, until the rise of the #MeToo movement, which has seen "dozens of men across the country and across different industries ... fired or suspended for sexual misconduct."
The unnamed 30-year-old campaign employee was said to have been required to sign a nondisclosure agreement, barring her from speaking publicly about the "internal dynamics on the campaign."
The Brookings Institution names Hillary Clinton as select member of an American political dynasty. The organization lists the Adamses, Lodges, Tafts, Roosevelts, Kennedys, and Bushes as other U.S. dynasties.
"I just don't want to hear her talk about how she's this victim of sexism and all these terrible men, who have done all these terrible things to her, and said all these terrible things to her," Ana Kasparian said. "You know, her campaign slogan was, 'I'm with her.'"
"Well, were you with her when it came to a 30-year-old woman who worked on your 2008 campaign?" Ana Kasparian asked.
Since the Clinton campaign sexual harassment revelations, the former secretary of state has appeared in a The Late Late Show with James Corden video making fun of Michael Wolff's bestselling book, Fire & Fury.
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© 2018 Stephen Sinclair
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on February 04, 2018:
Interesting article. Eventually, what goes around comes around - I think having positions of power somehow erodes people's moral obligations in some instances. It's kind of ironic - a faith oriented person engaging in harassment. It makes me wonder if Clinton supports those denominations where women are treated as second class. However, her actions say otherwise. Or do they?