Donald Trump has been branded one of the most inconsistent figures in the 2016 American Primaries, flip-flopping over issues such as abortion. But there’s another figure who has been perhaps even more disturbingly inconsistent…
In her 2016 campaign to be the Democratic Party nominee, Hillary Clinton has advocated women’s rights and declared herself a feminist. In fact, she was once quoted as saying as saying ‘human rights are women’s rights’ (1995, United Nations Conference on Women, Beijing) and ‘there cannot be true democracy unless women’s voices are heard’ (1997, Vital Voices Conference, Vienna). But, in 1975, Clinton, then known as Hillary Rodham, savagely destroyed a 12 year-old girl’s cries for justice. The woman, now in her mid-50s, had her confidence in the American justice system obliterated.
As an innocent adolescent in rural 1970s Arkansas, the victim found her voice and spoke up about the alleged attack by two men in their mid-40s. The victim was quoted as saying ‘Hillary Clinton took me through hell’, as she undermined her character and attacked the validity of her statements. Of course, as a Legal Aid worker Clinton was technically just doing her job, but the frightening thing is, that despite all these attacks on the helpless little girl’s character, Clinton reportedly didn’t need these psychological tools as she had already found
a way to discredit the physical evidence found as a result of police negligence. The end result was atrocious, particularly for the victim, only one of the alleged rapists was charged, and instead of getting a 30-year sentence, he received a sentence of just under 2 years. Following this, the adolescent’s life was ruined, as she turned to alcohol and narcotics to cope, which eventually lead to a stint in prison. She is now unemployed, on disability allowance and still struggles to trust people. Essentially, there appears to be some discrepancy between Hillary Clinton’s words and actions with regards to women’s rights.
Moving on to LGBT rights, just 16 years ago (as shown by the poster across), Clinton heavily advocated that marriage was not something that should be granted to same-sex couples. Fast-forward to the present day and her Twitter feed is filled with words coloured in by the LGBT colour scheme. Thank goodness she changed her mind, right?
Much of Clinton’s campaign has revolved around her reminding the public that unlike some, i.e. her opponent Bernie Sanders and some of the Republican candidates, or, as of late, rather THE Republican nominee Donald Trump, she actually has experience in the ruthless world of politics. In other words, she is a career politician. To support her campaign Clinton often mentions her time in the state department, but often dances around what she actually accomplished. She claims to have been very successful in her time there, but according to some sources, her inability to control the department meant she lost over $6bn of taxpayer’s contributions.
There is even a hashtag on Twitter, #whichhillary, with the aim of cataloguing her inconsistency on social media.
So really, how much do we know about REAL Mrs. Clinton?