National Commentary

A Weak Vladimir Putin Insults a Strong Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is poised to run for President. This week she began a book tour for her new memoir, “Hard Choices.” A blue and white campaign bus from an outside group, Ready for Hillary, will trail her.

We know at least one person who doesn’t support her: Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

That male chauvinist pig insulted Hillary in an interview with a French television station. Putin was asked about Clinton’s recent remarks, where she said that the Russian leader was trying to redraw the boundaries in Eastern Europe just like Adolf Hitler did in the 1930s. Putin responded:

“It’s better not to argue with women. But Mrs. Clinton has never been too graceful in her statements. When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong but because they are weak. But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman.”

The best thing that could ever happen to Russia is a coup, where Putin ends up hiding in a rat hole, just like Saddam Hussein. That failed nation desperately needs regime change.

It’s worth noting that Russia is exporting its propaganda through sophisticated media mouthpieces like state sponsored, RT. This international television network, which is Putin’s personal version of FOX News, is the new face of fascism, which soft peddles extremism and grossly distorts reality so it conforms to Putin’s convoluted fantasy world.

Surprisingly, one can view RT’s cascade of lies on American cable television. Last night, I watched RT throw softballs to French extremist Marine Le Pen, who runs the far right National Front. Prior to this pathetic excuse for an interview, RT was peddling disinformation about the crisis in Ukraine, making it seem as if the government in Kiev was attacking innocent bystanders, when it was actually dislodging violent pro-Russian thugs from government property.

We need to keep a watchful eye on RT, which should be renamed PR, for its transparent public relations efforts in support of the Kremlin’s nefarious activities. Laughably, RT’s advertising slogan is “Question More.”

Yet, the obsequious so-called reporters at RT don’t seem to be asking more questions about Russia’s crippling corruption, its crackdown on innocent LGBT people, the $30,000 luxury watch worn by Russian Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill I (surely approved by Jesus), the rise in Russian neo-Nazism, Putin’s increasingly authoritarian style and allegedly hidden billions, the illegal invasion of Crimea, endemic racism and anti-Semitism, the human rights abuses in Chechnya, the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko with polonium-210, the Pussy Riot imbroglio, the graft at the Sochi Olympics, and why chess champion Garry Kasparov and so many other Russians feel compelled to live in exile.

Anyway, back to Hillary Clinton. It seems that Vladimir Putin’s misogynistic statements were in response to her new memoir. In her book, she wrote about discussions with the Obama White House over Russia:

“Not everyone agrees with my relatively harsh analysis. Russia under Putin remains frozen between the past they can’t let go of and the future they can’t bring themselves to embrace.”

The most amusing part of Putin’s childish attack was when he called Clinton “weak”? This critique is coming from a man who appears to be in constant crisis with his own masculinity. Instead of standard pictures, such as sitting at a desk or contemplating in a library, the intrepid Russian leader insists on being photographed tranquilizing tigers, playing ice hockey, or practicing judo. Or, he’s pictured shirtless on horseback. It seems like it’s only a matter of time before we get staged locker room pictures of Putin showing off his photo-shopped junk.

Speaking of weak, are we supposed to be impressed that the big, bad, Russian bear has defeated little Chechnya, Georgia, and Crimea? Putin is a coward who is eventually going to pick on someone his own size and find out he isn’t the he-man he fancies himself to be.

Putin’s buffoonish musings aside, the election is Hillary’s to lose. But, I think she really came around in the last campaign when she wept in New Hampshire. It humanized her. After she cried she became a much better candidate. She finally let go and her true personality came out. And people liked what they saw.

Finally, there is always the stereotype of a woman being judged as too soft on foreign policy or too much of a stickler when giving orders to men. It definitely is a challenge for Clinton to overcome the vestiges of sexism. However, America made great strides towards shedding ingrained prejudice when we elected our first African American president. It is only a matter of time – some say 2016 — before we have our first woman president. Personally, I hope it will be Hillary Clinton. She’s got what it takes, and she’s earned it.


Wayne Besen is a columnist and author of the book “Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth.”