In a recent live appearance on a French television network, Russian President Vladimir Putin answered a question regarding the woman many believe will be the next Democrat presidential nominee. During the rant, which some are now calling sexist, Putin described Hillary Clinton in less-than-favorable terms.
He reacted to a dust-up he had earlier this year with Clinton in which she compared his incursion into Ukraine to Adolf Hitler’s pre-World War II conquest missions.
“It’s better not to argue with women,” he said. “But Mrs. Clinton has never been to graceful in her statements.”
While he concluded that the pair has, after previous disagreements, “always met afterwards and had cordial conversations,” Putin’s criticism of the former first lady was not over.
“When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong but because they are weak,” he said in another reference to Clinton. “But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman.”
Following that comment, the French interviewer interjected that “women must be respected, of course,” and expressing an assumption that his guest agrees. Putin was then asked whether Clinton’s accusations made him angry.
“Someday,” he predicted, “I will indulge myself and we will laugh together at some good joke. But when I hear such extreme statements, to me it only means that they don’t have any valid arguments.”
While Clinton has not responded to the statement publicly as of this writing, she took part in an interview of her own recently with People magazine. Without confirming she will seek the presidency, she said she is a supporter of breaking down “that highest, hardest glass ceiling in American politics,” calling “a woman president” something that she “would love to see happen.”
As usual, Twitter included a variety of opinions on Putin’s put-downs.
— Global Fund forWomen (@GlobalFundWomen) June 5, 2014
— kenny martin (@NotFromOff) June 5, 2014
— Anna Teresa Arnold (@HomerWhite) June 4, 2014
Sad Propaganda Arm of US Gov and media Puppets: Breaking Headline News……Putin makes Sexist Comments Regarding Clinton…..
— Catotheyounger (@catoletters) June 4, 2014
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