Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has just offered an eloquent defense of the two women of color who were subjected to demeaning remarks by prominent Republicans earlier today.
FOX News personality Bill O’Reilly made headlines this morning when he responded to a speech by Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) by claiming, “I didn’t hear a word she said. I was looking at the James Brown wig.”
O’Reilly later apologized for his transparently racist remark. Sort of. “I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive… I love James Brown, but it’s the same hair.”
Then, at his press briefing today, Sean Spicer snapped “stop shaking your head” to American Urban Radio Networks’ Washington Bureau Chief April Ryan — the same journalist who President Trump recently told to schedule a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus because he thought they might be “friends.”
Hillary Clinton responded to both of these ugly incidents in a powerful speech today, telling the attending crowd that, “Too many women, especially women of color, have had a lifetime of practice taking precisely these kinds of indignities in stride. Any woman who thinks this couldn’t be directed at her is living in a dream world.”
Even after the disappointment of 2016, Clinton continues to provide the model of real leadership and a voice for those diminished by the outdated bigotry of Trump and his enablers. As we look ahead to an uncertain future, it’s comforting to know that Hillary Clinton is still fighting for the rights of every American. Just like she always has.
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Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com