I wasn’t going to comment on this. When I saw on the news on Thursday that Bernie Sanders had said that Hillary Clinton is not qualified to be president, I was going to ignore it. I was sure about a million other people would talk about it, so why add my voice? Plus, I’m completely sick of this election.
I was partly right. About a million other people did talk about it. The problem was that no one seemed to talk about the actual problem with the statement. Some people came to Clinton’s defense and spelled out her qualifications. Others attacked Sanders by saying that he is less qualified than Clinton. And still others agreed with Sanders saying that Clinton isn’t qualified. No one that I saw, though, commented on the first thing I noticed in the statement, sexism.
I have no idea what Sanders was thinking when he made the statement, but it is really the perfect example of dog-whistle sexism. He didn’t mention gender at all, but the only way questioning the qualifications of a former senator and secretary of state could land is by picking up on some kind of bigotry. That may not have been his intention, and I’m willing to give Sanders the benefit of the doubt, but even unintentional sexism is wrong and Sanders needs to stop it. And someone much more important than I am should let him know.