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Hillary Clinton Reveals That Republicans Had Shirts Featuring Her Severed Head, And No One Cared

Hillary Clinton Reveals That Republicans Had Shirts Featuring Her Severed Head, And No One Cared
8 months ago

People continue to dissect what happened during the 2016 presidential election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. During the latest episode of Clinton’s campaign-related podcast “With Her,” the former Democratic nominee discussed the double standard she believes she faced because she's a successful woman. She cited Kathy Griffin's infamous photo shoot where, as a joke which many now believe to be in bad taste, she posed with a bloody head of Donald Trump as if she was holding the head of a medusa. Griffin was met with a swift public backlash, but Clinton now reveals many Republican rallies featured shirts featuring her decapitated head. Except that time around, nobody had much to say.

 Clinton commented on the gender bias she’s experienced as a successful woman in the government:

I’ve always just sucked it up. I sucked it up in ’08 when some really unpleasant things happened to me ... And I sucked it up in the 2016 campaign when I was called names and things were said and done to me.

She added:

We recently had this big kerfuffle ― this condemnation of Kathy Griffin ― for the picture she had of herself holding a head of Trump like a play on Perseus holding the head of Medusa. They were selling T-shirts and mugs at the Republican [National] Convention with Trump holding my head. Nobody said a word. Not a word!

Kathy offered an apology for her photo shoot, but later rescinded it, saying:

Why are people still expecting me to apologize and grovel to a man that tweets like this? I’m a comedian; he’s our f***ing president...President Trump just pardoned Joe Arpaio, who was essentially running a concentration camp in the Arizona desert, he said there are some good Nazis, and he’s kicking out young adults who were brought here as kids by their parents, and I’m the one who has to continue to apologize?

The anti-Clinton merchandise created during the 2016 election was often disturbingly sexist, featuring many profane slogans that can't be repeated here. Clinton describes what it was like being overwhelmed by the hatred of Trump supporters during the strange period of her life:

I had left the State Department one of the most admired public servants in America. Now people seemed to think I was evil. Not just ‘not my cup of tea’ but evil. It was flabbergasting and frightening. 

The double standard is still very much alive, and it may have impacted the elections which determined our current President.