For many, the recent video of Hillary Clinton thanking “activist bitches supporting bitches” was a cringe-worthy moment as Clinton continues to struggle to be accepted as a leader (or even a plausible member of) the “resistance.” What is curious is that there seems to be a conscious decision in the Democratic ranks to become more profane. DNC Chair Tom Perez has clearly used profanity as a way of connecting with the younger generation. As people on this blog are aware, I am admittedly a bit old-fashioned about crude language used publicly by public figures and politicians. I find it truly off-putting but I recognize that the rising generation does not share that inclination. Indeed, there is a new book calling for the use of more profanity.
Clinton’s use of the crude language was clearly orchestrated. Someone off screen reminds her to thank “bitches supporting bitches.” It seemed really important for her to use the crude language and her supporters clearly thought that this painfully awkward videotape would make her more popular. I cannot imagine why. Even if it is cool and edgy for Clinton to use bad words, it is decidedly less so when she recited trash talk or profanity being fed to her. Putting aside the audible coaching, the videotape seems a bit pathetic and painfully awkward.
While widely viewed negatively as the personification of the establishment and the alleged rigging of the Democratic primary, Clinton has gone of a national speaking tour to rehabilitate her image despite polls that show her becoming more unpopular. We have previously noted that polls have shown Trump would still beat Clinton in a head-to-head election (and here). While Trump is also facing declining polls, he is at the same level or even higher than Clinton. Clinton posted the lowest polling numbers yet with only 36% popularity and an unfavorable rating of 61%. Polls are showing Trump at 38 percent. While a new poll shows that half of people feel Trump should resign, it is clear that they want Clinton even less — the very same position held by many in the campaign.
Clinton’s comments were posted on Twitter by Huffington Post commentator Alex Mohajer.