7 Sexist Attacks Clinton Has Faced This Election Season

Have you noticed how the media ignores Donald Trump’s illegal acts, while the minor errors of Hillary Clinton, which are not at all illegal, consistently make headlines?

Yes, the media scrutinizes Clinton and gives Trump a pass for being the shape-shifting bigot that he is.

Clinton has endured numerous sexist attacks this “election season,” a period of time difficult to pin down, since the run-up to November 8, 2016, seems to have been dragging on forever.

Here are just seven of those attacks.

1. Pneumonia

Let’s start with Clinton’s pneumonia. This reaction from Alex Jones in the Drudge Report is typical of the right-wing media response: 

I was just like, just literally just in ecstasy. And my dad said, “That is horrible, celebrating over that sick woman even though I hate her too.” And I went, “No, this is a devastating victory against the enemy and more of the avalanche of them being discredited and the hand of God is upon this.”

Do we react this way to male politicians? President Roosevelt led the nation and prosecuted World War Two while being half paralyzed in a wheelchair and in near constant pain. President Nixon suffered from phlebitis. President Reagan had numerous polyps removed from his colon while in office. To have Clinton’s schedule, having to endure the interminable slog of a Presidential race while battling pneumonia, is something to be admired, not scorned. But then, women’s bodies always seem to be suspect.

2.  Sexist Buttons

You’ve undoubtedly seen them, the ones that read things like “Hillary Sucks More Than Monica” and “Life’s A Bitch: Don’t Vote For One.” Sam Costantino runs an online decal business and tells TIME magazine:

Anti-Trump stuff is not selling. It’s just the anti-Hillary stuff that’s selling.

He sees the Anti-Hillary merchandise moving out 100 times faster than the Anti-Trump goods. The sexualized ones are the best-sellers and have made him about $10,000 so far in this election season. 

3.  The Woman’s Card

Donald Trump is clearly guilty of making plenty of sexist attacks on his Democratic rival for president, so here is just one of them. Soon after he won the Republican nomination, Trump “joked” that the only appeal for Clinton was her gender. This, of course, is in spite of the fact that she has been a U.S. Senator and Secretary of State, as well as a First Lady. 

“If Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote,” Trump declared. “The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card.”

Clinton was clever enough to turn this around, selling a literal “woman card“ in response to Trump’s comments.

4. A No-Win Situation

Clinton is often criticized for not bringing enough passion to her speeches. But it seems that women in politics can’t win when it comes to expressing emotion; There simply is no degree of emotional expression that will be acceptable. If Clinton is too intense, she may be labeled out-of-control or angry, while if she seems to be over-calm, she is depicted as cold and aloof. For a humorous look at this topic, check out Jimmy Kimmel mansplaining to Clinton how to make herself more appealing:

5. Clinton’s Voice

When Clinton narrowly beat out Bernie Sanders in the Iowa Caucus on February 1, she celebrated her victory with a speech including the words, “We are in a fight to the finish!” Apparently some members of the media didn’t like her tone, claiming it was “unpleasant,” “angry, bitter, screaming,” and even suggested that she might be hard of hearing.

Geraldo Rivera was typical: “Why are you screaming? he asked. “You have a microphone, it’s amplified and when you shriek that way, it’s such an unpleasant — I’m talking audio.”

6. Clinton’s Clothes 

In the past, the media has poked fun at Clinton by labeling her clothes frumpy or out-of-date. But when she gave her New York primary victory speech in April in a $12,000 Giorgio Armani tweed jacket, they attacked her again. How could she do that when her speech focused on topics including income inequality, job creation and helping people secure their retirement?

Why is it that Clinton, just like most women in all professions, receives unsolicited comments on her appearance, as if her body is public property? Whether too dowdy or too stylish, there’s no way to win. Damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t.

7.  Higher Standards

Clinton is being held to vastly higher standards than her male rival. Taking donations from corporations, for example, is something that routinely happens in U.S. political life. That’s not to say it’s a good idea, but it is common, so why is Clinton the recipient of so much hatred for this?

Remember, this is a candidate who is campaigning on raising taxes on the rich and overturning Citizens United. It seems that every mistake Clinton has made is being treated as proof that she’s totally unfit for office. Not so for Donald Trump. Mistakes by women are exaggerated, while our successes are attributed to luck.

As Dana Milbank put it in The Washington Post, “Much of Hillary Clinton’s difficulty in this campaign stems from a single, unalterable fact: She is a woman.”

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore


Jim V
Jim Venabout a year ago

thanks for sharing.

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hillabout a year ago

I didn't see sexism in this race.

Marie W.
Marie Wabout a year ago

More like 7000.

Carole R.
Carole Rabout a year ago


Brian F.
Brian Fabout a year ago

I don't think whether someone has a profile or not is anybody else's business. We shouldn't begin to censure people, based on whether they have a profile. Most of these people simply can't win an argument, so they attack the messenger, to silence them.

Tammy I.
Tammy Iabout a year ago

I don't think anyone without an active profile should be allowed to post a comment. It seems that not having a profile reveals the only purpose for entering the conversation: to feed some deep rooted psychological need to anger others (ie trolling). These "no profile" folks stir up negative emotions, and if we respond to their words, they end up getting exactly what they want. Anyone who "gets off" to angering people is a pretty sick individual, in my opinion.

The adage "don't feed the trolls" should be in the forefront of everyone's mind before responding to someone who doesn't have a profile. Ignore them. Let their words echo in the silence.

Kudos to anyone who can figure out the mystery troll in this thread.

I have posted this response in another thread as well. This particular "no profile" person is stirring it up all over Care2.

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallusabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

Bayla D.
.about a year ago

Biased Care2 election campaigning.

Janet B.
Janet Babout a year ago


Brian F.
Brian Fabout a year ago

So-called leftists are willing to defend things that were once indefensible to liberals, such as money in politics and U.S. imperialism. Therefore, as dangerous as Trump may be, I also view Clinton as a dangerous candidate since she’s moving the collective democratic party even further to the right. That’s not to say Trump’s list of negatives is shorter than Clintons. Contrarily, there’s probably a lot more to criticize when it comes to Trump. Still, in a democratic republic, votes must be earned. A candidate can’t expect to win by merely being less asinine than their opponent, and Trump’s craziness doesn’t make Hillary Clinton a more desirable candidate by any stretch of the imagination. Support Jill Stein, instead of Hillary as the lesser of the two evils.