Wynn, Nassar, and Why #TimesUp for Clinton on #MeToo

Not long after the billionaire casino mogul Steve Wynn opened his flagship Wynn Las Vegas in 2005, a manicurist who worked there arrived at the on-site salon visibly distressed following an appointment in Mr. Wynn’s office. Sobbing, she told a colleague Mr. Wynn had forced her to have sex, and she repeated that to others later. [Wall Street Journal]

WEINSTEIN TARGETED women actors, and Las Vegas billionaire Steve Wynn used his power over a manicurist and many other female employees through demands for sex. Michigan’s Larry Nassar puts the exclamation point on the patriarchy’s recent comeuppance. Our national gag reflex is worn out.

The shared byline of Maggie Haberman and Amy Chozick, broke a story from Hillary Clinton’s 2008 campaign. It didn’t involve the patriarchy.

The complaint was taken to Ms. Doyle, the campaign manager, who approached Mrs. Clinton and urged that Mr. Strider, who was married at the time, be fired, according to the officials familiar with what took place. Mrs. Clinton said she did not want to, and instead he remained on her staff

… The woman who made the accusation against Mr. Strider in 2008 has not spoken publicly about it. She, like most campaign staff members, signed a nondisclosure agreement that barred employees from publicly discussing internal dynamics on the campaign, according to two people with direct knowledge of the contract. Reached by a reporter, she declined to comment.

The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus might as well have had a siren posted above her column‘s headline, which read, Hillary Clinton: #MeToo, meet #SoWhat

If there is one woman who should stay on the sidelines of the #MeToo, #TimesUp revolution it’s Mrs. Clinton.

As brilliant as Hillary Clinton is as a thinker, she’s not done the personal renovation required to understand what #MeToo and #TimesUp represents.

Mrs. Clinton is a woman of another generation. A place connected to the pre-1960s, regardless of the reality that Hillary should have been the woman to lead us beyond the patriarchy because she has experienced the brunt of its force.

Yet, she’s learned the wrong lessons, if she’s learned any at all.

It’s unsurprising to me that Mrs. Clinton would want to shield an abuser through a refusal to fire him. A move that was made worse when he was put in charge of Correct the Record, where he reportedly did it again. The nondisclosure agreement the woman signed when she joined the 2008 campaign did the rest of the damage.

Hillary was no more prepared to handle this latest New York Times story than she was to handle her own husband’s philandering, and sexual harassment, dating back to the Ken Starr imbroglio over Ms. Lewinsky.

Mrs. Clinton rejects therapy for herself. No doubt her deep faith helps her make sense of things that surprise her senses, and sting.

What remains missing after all the experiences Hillary has had that should have taught her lessons, is the ability to face truths and deliver harsh judgments to the abusers she loves. To deal with her past and accept responsibility for her own blindness, and unwillingness to face her own shabby decisions.

No one ever considered that Clinton’s loss to Trump would be the catalyst for generations of women to rise up and take a seat next to the American patriarchy as a witness to their crimes.

Weinstein…

Wynn…

Nassar…

And so many others yet to be named.

Hillary Clinton felt patriarchy’s full force, whether Democratic or Republican, left or right.

But after all these years she still cannot name it, punish it, and extricate herself from it. She’s the wrong woman to talk about what’s unfolding with #MeToo, #TimesUp.

Hillary can’t put her own name to the #MeToo movement. It’s not because she hasn’t experienced sexual harassment, her father’s cruelty, and betrayal of her spouse over and over again.

The decision of Mrs. Clinton to reassign a sexual harasser, and then keep him inside her campaign instead of fire him, is the act of a victim. Someone who wants to keep abuse quiet, and quickly handled behind the scenes so no one will know how deep the shame goes.