Hell hath no fury like the first female presidential candidate for a major political party scorned by a popular NBC personality who was actually a scumbag. At least that’s the impression one gets from Hillary Clinton’s attitude toward Matt Lauer this week.
All of us, whether liberal, conservative, Republican, or Democrat, are glad to see that Lauer was fired in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. Of course, it should have happened much sooner considering the reports that executives at NBC knew of Lauer’s behavior toward women but protected him because of the money he brought in and the ratings he helped to secure.
Truly sickening. What is predation when profits are on the line?
However, Hillary Clinton’s problem with Matt Lauer seems to extend beyond that, and she is happy to see him get his due.
In September 2016, when Hillary was “inevitable” and Trump was just a candidate, the two were on NBC for a “Commander-in-Chief Forum.” The reaction to Lauer’s handling of the program was harsh, and many labeled him as unduly tough on Hillary and out of his element as a whole.
It seems that this segment sticks out in Hillary’s mind as was made clear during an appearance by the election loser this week in Philadelphia.
The Philly Voice reports, emphasis mine.:
…a little more than a year after her shocking loss to President Donald Trump, Secretary Clinton returned to Philly for a promotional event at the Academy of Music for her campaign memoir, What Happened. At the event, which was sold-out but not quite full, with an audience about two-thirds female, Clinton was interviewed on-stage by Philly native and best-selling author Jennifer Weiner.
She also addressed the recent wave of sexual harassment scandals…
When it came to sexism and the media, it was Weiner who brought up the elephant in the room, reading out a section of What Happened about the September 2016 Commander-in-Chief Forum on NBC, in which the host separately interviewed both candidates but was notably tougher on Clinton than Trump. That host? Matt Lauer.
“Every day I believe more in karma,” Clinton said to that, referring further to several “men who shaped the narrative” during the campaign who have since been sidelined in the wave of sexual harassment scandals.
If ANYTHING, the karma that descended upon Matt Lauer this week was because of his habit of using and harassing women for his own sexual domination. However, Hillary Clinton seems to believe that Lauer’s new reality was partially brought on because he screwed things up for her by being tough during the forum.
This is laughable at best.
Furthermore, if Mrs. Clinton believes in the idea of karma, what of hers? Hasn’t karma come back to bite her and destroy her chance at the presidency? What of the shady dealings in her decades-long legal and political career? Didn’t those arrive to haunt her? Did standing by her OWN predatory husband, and shaming his female accusers, bring about her demise? Did she forget the email server scandal that essentially sealed her fate?
She must have forgotten all of these things.
Hillary is eager to blame sexism for her fate in the same breath as discussing male media figures who have gone down in flames because they can’t keep it in their pants. And those are not the same thing. Not even close.
Like it or not, Hillary’s fate was decided by the voters as they viewed the histories of both candidates. Many actively supported her opponent. Still others could not cast a vote for Hillary and instead, chose what they believed to be the “lesser of two evils.”
There are many reasons that Clinton lost, and they can be explained away without bringing in some mystic notion of destiny.
But if Hillary would like to discuss karma when it comes to the careers and futures of others, then she should include herself as a victim of its effect as sealing her fate, too.