Hillary Sexism Watch, #104

This is just getting fucking ridiculous: Chicago Priest, Father Michael Pfleger, guest ministering at Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, gives a sermon on white privilege and entitlement (cool) and uses the occasion to tear into Hillary Clinton with wanton misogyny and accusations of racism (not cool):

Transcript from 1:58: I don't really want to make this political, 'cause you know I'm very unpolitical [laughter], but when Hillary was crying, and people said that was put on, I really don't believe it was put on. I really believe that she just always thought: "This is mine." [applause] "I'm Bill's wife; I'm white; and this is mine! I just gotta get up and step into [sic] the plate." And then outta nowhere came: "Hey, I'm Barack Obama." And she said, "Aww, damn! Where did you come from?! I'm white! I'm entitled! There's a black man stealing my show!" [cheers and applause] Waaaaaaaah! [pretends to weep and cry; wipes face with hankie] Waaaaaaaah! She wasn't the only one crying; there was a whole lotta white people crying!"

Pfleger's apology was about as mature as his original offense: "These words are inconsistent with Senator Obama's life and message and I am deeply sorry if they offended Senator Clinton or anyone else who saw them." If. The ultimate non-apology apology. And of course no acknowledgement that what he said is just intrinsically fucking wrong, aside from whether they're "inconsistent with Senator Obama's life and message."

Meanwhile, given yet another opportunity to specifically denounce the misogyny being wielded against Clinton, Obama chose yet again to wholly ignore it: "As I have traveled this country, I've been impressed not by what divides us, but by all that that unites us. That is why I am deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger's divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which doesn't reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together in common cause."

He didn't even mention Clinton by name.

And, no, I don't think that Obama ought to be held responsible for what gets said at his church, no less by some visiting minister. What I do think is that, given that he was nonetheless asked about it, he could have taken time to say a couple freaking words at long last about the misogyny that has been used repeatedly and unabashedly against his opponent, even if it's just something as simple as, "As a husband to a woman, a father to two daughters, and a person who believes in the fundamental equality of women, I abhor that kind of rhetoric being used to demean any woman." Dammit, I just really don't understand why that's so fucking hard.

I am so sick of this shit.

[Hat tips to Shaker DD and my local news. Video via Talk Left.]

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