Think Democrats have not gone too far? We have not even got to the general election yet and this nonsense is out of control. Republican Presidential soon to be nominee served his country so that people like feminist Gloria Steinem has the right of freedom of speech. McCain was captured and a POW for years. For that, being a POW, McCain is mocked and made fun of by an over-the-hill feminist as onlookers laugh? Could one possibly get any more disrespectful?
This is the reason why friends don’t let friends vote Democratic. The Clinton camp was quick to go into damage control denouncing Steinem’s comments. Too late, the genie is out of the bottle.
From the stage, the 73-year-old seemed to denigrate the importance of John McCain’s time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. In an interview with the Observer afterward, she suggested that Barack Obama benefits—and Clinton suffers—because Americans view racism more seriously than sexism.
“Suppose John McCain had been Joan McCain and Joan McCain had got captured, shot down and been a POW for eight years. [The media would ask], ‘What did you do wrong to get captured? What terrible things did you do while you were there as a captive for eight years?’” Steinem said, to laughter from the audience.
McCain was, in fact, a prisoner of war for around five-and-a-half years, during which time he was tortured repeatedly. Referring to his time in captivity, Steinem said with bewilderment, “I mean, hello? This is supposed to be a qualification to be president? I don’t think so.”
Steinem’s broader argument was that the media and the political world are too admiring of militarism in all its guises.
“I am so grateful that she [Clinton] hasn’t been trained to kill anybody. And she probably didn’t even play war games as a kid. It’s a great relief from Bush in his jump suit and from Kerry saluting.”
Read the outrage from the blogoshere:
Michelle Malkin: Wesley Clark and Gloria Steinem argue simultaneously that Hillary has superior training over John McCain
Paterico’s Pontification: Political Strategy According to Gloria Steinem
Hot Air: Chickenhawk v2.0: Gloria Steinem, Wes Clark shrug at McCain’s military service