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Gloria Steinem: Hillary 'Swiftboated' by Trump, Allies

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By    |   Tuesday, 08 Nov 2016 01:07 PM

Feminist and author Gloria Steinem said that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his allies have "swiftboated" his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.

The Democratic candidate was rated as the most admired woman that Americans "have heard about or read about, living in any part of the world" in an annual Gallup poll for 14 years.

However, now she been equated with disgraced ex-president Richard Nixon, Steinem said, while Trump has gone from "a history of corporate bankruptcies that made others pay the cost of his business failures" to being a viable presidential candidate, according to Steinem, writing in the Financial Times.

Steinem said that Trump and his allies used a tactic that Republicans used in the 2004 presidential campaign against then-Democratic candidate John Kerry. The term "swiftboating" means attacking an opponent's strengths instead of weaknesses, and was coined when Republicans attacked Kerry's history as a Vietnam war hero, calling his status into question.

Trump rose to the candidacy in the media, getting free exposure from "corporate media in search of ratings," Steinem said, adding that "He was a brand, not a person, a shiny gold name on buildings, even if he did not build them, and a boss on television, even if he merely insulted and roared," referring to his time as host of the reality-TV show "The Apprentice."

"Even-handed coverage has created a false equivalence," Steinem wrote. "Each negative question to Mr. Trump was balanced by one to Hillary Clinton, and any positive about her was matched by one about him."

That led to the real-estate mogul being "artificially elevated," while stirring doubt about Clinton.

Many of his supporters equate wealth with being able to run a country, while Steinem points out that Trump would have been wealthier if he had put his inheritance in an index fund that tracked the stock market, referring to an AP story that said Trump would have been worth $13 billion if he had done that.

The fact-checking site Politifact rated Clinton as more honest than any of her 2016 opponents, while Trump was rated as being 4 percent honest. Yet, Trump placed the nickname "Crooked Hillary" on her and it stuck.

Steinem wrote, "Mr. Trump believes in the 'big lie:' if a falsehood is big enough and told often enough, it will win out."

Being angry at Trump is pointless, Steinem said.

"He is locked into his own self-obsession and condemned to look for an ever more grandiose stage."

Clinton as president would support women's rights "as human rights, for economic ties and in-depth diplomacy; for women as peace negotiators; for an administration that looks like the country; and for a foreign policy that considers the status of women in other countries," Steinem said.

"We may be moving toward democracy at last," if a woman is elected president for the first time in U.S. history, Steinem said.

However, Clinton's win does not automatically signify change, Steinem told NPR. "It's only one step -- in a very visible place, but still, it's only one step."

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Feminist and author Gloria Steinem said that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and his allies have "swiftboated" his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. The Democratic candidate was rated as the most admired woman that Americans "have heard about or read about,...
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