by Ben Cohen
A single story published this week finally made me truly understand the level of irrational hatred Hillary Clinton has faced throughout her political career and public life. While I've been sympathetic to Hillary Clinton in the past, I've never fully comprehended the sheer psychopathic magnitude of the venom she has had to confront in over 25 years of being in the public eye.
The New York Times reported yesterday that two parents of Americans killed in the Benghazi attacks are filing wrongful-death lawsuits against Hillary Clinton -- because in their minds, she is directly culpable:
In the wrongful-death lawsuit, Patricia Smith and Charles Woods allege that the attack that killed four Americans, including their sons, Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods, "was directly and proximately caused, at a minimum" by Mrs. Clinton's use of a private email server while in the State Department. The suit also accuses Mrs. Clinton of having made "false and defamatory statements negligently, recklessly and purposefully and/or intentionally with malice" in her public comments, including those about the connection between the attack and an anti-Muslim YouTube video. Both Ms. Smith and Mr. Woods have spoken out publicly against Mrs. Clinton during the election campaign.
Of course one should have the utmost sympathy towards anyone who has lost a child, but this latest attempt to blame Hillary Clinton for something she was not responsible for is yet another reminder of just how truly insane the right has become in America.
“We lost four brave Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice for the country they chose to serve. And, the American people lost the truth,” Patricia Smith told the audience at the Republican National Convention last month. “For all of this loss, for all of this grief, for all of the cynicism the tragedy in Benghazi has wrought upon America, I blame Hillary Clinton. I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son.”
While this might make Smith feel better about her terrible loss, her claims are simply not based on any evidence.
After a $7 million investigations led by Republicans that went on for over two years, precisely no evidence was uncovered that would lead any sane person to believe Hillary Clinton was directly responsible for the deaths of American citizens. Yet here we are again faced with the prospect of more media coverage over a scandal that was in no way an actual scandal. While I have a lot of sympathy for Patricia Smith and Charles Woods' losses, it ends with that, and not for their batshit crazy vendetta against Hillary Clinton.
The truth is, Woods and Smith are products of a deeply malevolent culture propagated by Republicans and Fox News that has not only distorted their sense of reality, but actively made it a terrifying place to live in. The relentless smearing of Clinton, the lies spread about President Obama, and the nonstop vilification of anyone not rich white and male has created a breed of American that is quite literally unable to think coherently and lives in a perpetual state of fear. This racket has gone on for decades, and continues to thrive because it is profitable in several different ways.
The Republican Party and Fox News spends hundreds of millions of dollars turning liberals into devious arch criminals hellbent on murdering babies and handing over white taxpayer's money to illegal immigrants and black welfare mothers. And when it comes to Hillary Clinton, they see the perfect opportunity to project every ounce of their paranoia and delusion onto someone traditionally seen as weak and vulnerable.
Clinton of course has other ideas. She has dealt with the incessant mischaracterizations, sexist smears and nutjob conspiracy theories floated by the right for a very long time, and continues to move forward. While the disgusting attacks have no doubt had an effect on her, Clinton's spectacular resilience is truly admirable and a testament to her qualities as a leader. She will no doubt beat the ridiculous lawsuit with good grace, and continue moving forward -- because that is what she does.
While this is nothing particularly revelatory to Hillary Clinton or many of her supporters, I'm almost ashamed to say that it truly has never dawned on me what it must be like to be on the receiving end of all this hatred. Because it is more than just a few rogue characters attempting to discredit her -- it is a cottage industry built on the most despicable form of misogyny.
If Hillary Clinton were male, she would not face a millionth of the scrutiny she faces on a day to day basis from the right in America. Just as President Obama has been vilified because of the color of his skin, Clinton has been vilified for being a woman in what Republicans believe is a man's world.
From what we can tell so far, Hillary Clinton looks likely to win the presidential election in November of this year. While one would hope the country she has worked tirelessly for would come to respect her for her unbelievable work ethic and dedication, the continued emergence of nasty hit jobs like this latest lawsuit do not inspire much confidence.
I for one, will be doing my bit to counter the disinformation and hate directed towards her. It's the least I can do for the sole person standing in the way of the apocalypse.