Had Bernie been Bernadette — The heartbreaking truth about American patriarchy
Lauren Besser

I feel your pain. I was hoping to vote for a woman and I loved Hillary Clinton for SO long. After the last eight years, and the things I know now about both Clintons, I can’t do it.

If genders were reversed, and Bernie was instead Bernadette, Clinton would have had to drop out by now. With Bernie’s character and record, being female would be the icing on the cake and she’d be the nominee with less fuss! A bonus. But the world didn’t work out that way.

Point is, we finally have the chance to vote for a candidate that is fighting for the American People, fighting to fix and possibly transform a broken system, fighting to help our most vulnerable citizens and make the Wall Street/1% crowd pay their fair share. Quite frankly, it could be a giraffe wearing a beret running on this platform and I’d vote for it. THAT’S how little I care about gender, race or any of those things.

Hillary is NOT who you thought she was. For THAT matter, Bill isn’t who I thought he was, and he was one of my heroes…..not anymore. And no one is more disappointed than I am. I’m sad I’m not voting for the first woman President.

BUT I’m glad I’m voting for a candidate who (I feel, anyway) best represents the American People and has the best chance to make things better.

For what it’s worth, it’s bigger than both of them now. A movement has begun.