Hillary Clinton addressed a crowd of women at the women’s-only co-working space The Wing in SoHo last night, in conversation with Audrey Gelman (co-founder of The Wing) and Aminatou Sow (co-founder of Tech LadyMafia).
Clinton called Putin a “world-class misogynist”, People reported. “Angela Merkel came to visit him and he knew the intelligence and he knew that Angela Merkel was afraid of dogs. So, you have these one-on-one meetings. All of a sudden, while the press is still there, this very large black dog came into the room. It was meant to intimidate and embarrass Angela Merkel, who is one of the really great European leaders [of] post World War II…He took joy in that.”
Clinton added, “Putin said things about me and other women…some pretty contemptuous things.”
omg having an out of body experience this is so insane @HillaryClinton is at the frickin wing!!!! pic.twitter.com/pBjAapKQRd— The Wing (@the_wing) April 3, 2018
Sitting at the front of the room in the all-women’s social lounge, as female audience members sipped on champagne, Clinton noted that #MeToo would still have happened if she had been president, but said that she thinks her 2016 loss accelerated the movement. “I believe that it was a wave that was building and building,” she said. “I think that my losing probably accelerated that wave, but the wave was coming.”
When talking about Trump’s America, Clinton said, “It’s worse than I thought it was going to be, and I thought it was going to be bad…And everyday that goes by there’s more evidence and more proof of Russia and fake news and Cambridge Analytica and misogyny and sexism.” She said that she doesn’t believe “we’ve seen the bottom yet” of Trump’s decline.
Watch part of the conversation here:
Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt is the Life/Features editor at the Forward . She was previously a New York-based reporter for Haaretz . Her work has appeared in the New York Times , Salon , and Tablet , among others. Avital teaches journalism at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, and does pastoral work alongside her husband Rabbi Benjamin Goldschmidt in New York City.
Hillary Clinton Opens Up About Putin, Trump, & #MeToo