By D’Anne Witkowski
Anthony Weiner is gross. The former Congressman who resigned in disgrace after he was caught sharing photos of his crotch on social media is at it again. And this time one of the crotch shots includes his sleeping four-year-old son in the bed next to him. While nobody is implying that Weiner has molested his son, this was still, quite understandably, too much for his wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, to bear. And so she’s separated from him.
The logical conclusion? She’s a big ol’ lipstick lesbian hooking up with Hilldyke, obviously.
At least that’s the conclusion of the anti-gay and anti-Muslim right, who have for years been floating the idea that Abedin, a Muslim, and Clinton are not-so-secret lovers.
Pamela Geller is a particularly big fan of this Washington D.C. slash fiction plot. On her website Atlas Shrugs (get it? Because of how Ayn Rand is the lady version of Jesus), she has been posting about the Abedin-Clinton coupling since at least as far back as 2007.
“Nothing has been confirmed,” Geller writes in a piece of brilliant commentary and hard-hitting journalism, “but this is as juicy as juicy gets in the sordid sex scandal department. Who’d a thunk that Hiillary could have out sex scandaled the old hound dog. Ouch!”
And why does she care about this so much? Well, she hates the Clintons. And she hates Muslims. In fact, Geller is obsessed with Muslims. She’s the author of Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance published by World Net Daily Books. No doubt this book is the only reason why America isn’t under Sharia law today.
In her Aug. 29 post titled “Huma & Hillary Need New Beard,” Geller argues that Abedin only ever married Weiner in order to cover up her relationship with Clinton. Geller offers no evidence that this is true besides a bunch of whispers from right-wing and unnamed sources. But we know that in Right Wing Land, the path to fact is first wanting something to be true, then believing something to be true, then simply asserting that something is true.
This sordid story about Weiner and Abedin and Abedin and Clinton is pretty much the climax of right-wing tropes. A perfect storm, if you will.
An especially vile highlight from the Atlas Shrugs comments illustrates this perfectly: “A Saudi closeted lesbian marrying a pervy jew for a baby and power while sleeping with her boss and pushing Islam on everyone. Gee what could go wrong?!”
Anti-gay? Check. Anti-Muslim? Check. Anti-semitic? Check. A little misogyny thrown in for good measure? Check.
Thankfully, little by little, being called a lesbian is no longer the insult it once was. And this is thanks, in part, to political leaders like Clinton who have (finally) embraced LGBT Americans and are not afraid to stand by them. But as the right loses the battle against LGBT equality, it is ramping up its anti-Muslim hysteria. And, unfortunately, Abedin is their preferred target.
Granted, the right has been pushing the idea that Clinton is a lesbian ever since she dared to wear a headband in public. So it’s not really a surprise that they’re asserting the same thing about Abedin who has been working with Clinton since forever. That both women have cheating husbands is just more “proof” of this theory, somehow. I mean, why else would they stay with these men unless, of course, they are power hungry lesbians?
It’s a charge that many powerful women have had to contend with. For one thing, it’s the greatest “insult” that can be thrown at a woman who dares to be “like a man,” i.e. who dares to assert control over her own life, be smart as fuck, and smash the shit out of the glass ceiling.
D’Anne Witkowski is a poet, writer and comedian living in Michigan with her wife and son. She has been writing about LGBT politics for over a decade. Follow her on Twitter @MamaDWitkowski.