Being Hillary Clinton would be kind of tough.
There’s a bit of stress that comes with being the former United States Secretary of State, U.S. Senator, and First Lady of the United States. Some of that stress is legitimate, and is due to the daily pressures of acting in high-powered and influential positions.
Some of that stress is illegitimate, and is due – in part – to the way the world has a tendency to treat female politicians and women in positions on power. Like the New York Times deriding Hillary’s “cackle”-style laugh, the Washington Post publishing an analysis of her cleavage, and magazines depicting Clinton as a high-heeled giant out to step on the poor, defenceless menfolk.
And some of that stress probably comes from bizarre conspiracy theories and endless speculation about the personal details of Hillary Clinton’s life.
The latest example of this, is a conspiracy theory doing the rounds that says Chelsea Clinton – Hillary’s daughter – is not pregnant. She’s just faking a pregnancy to make Hillary look good in the eyes of the voting public, in time for the 2016 US presidential election (which many speculate Clinton will run for).
Hillary Clinton, 66, has previously joked in interviews (or joked but secretly been completely serious) that she can’t wait for her first grandchild.
Even those who do believe that Chelsea Clinton is actually pregnant, don’t believe that Hillary didn’t have a hand in the whole thing. Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg certainly didn’t start the rumours, but he did provide a voice for the Internet Crazies when he said: “When I say [the pregnancy is] staged I have to believe she’s pregnant, if she says she’s pregnant… But what great timing! God answered Hillary Clinton’s prayers and she’s going to have the prop of being a new grandma while she runs for president.”
Hadley Freeman wrote in The Guardian:
Others echoed Malzberg’s sentiment, with much talk of Hillary Clinton deliberately “softening her image” and “adding compassion” to her persona via the medium of her unborn grandchild. People who actually seem to believe this span the political spectrum, ranging from conservative writer Michael Goldfarb, who tweeted: “Just in time for HRC [Hillary Rodham Clinton] to have a baby on stage with her when she announces she’s running, right?”, to New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, who said on MSNBC: “Can we talk about the human drama that is Grandma Clinton? I’m not suggesting that anyone’s having a baby for election purposes, but …”
In essence, Hillary Clinton’s decision for her daughter to have a baby (because that’s what these people are implying – that Clinton has decided for her daughter when she should become a mother) and/or the fake pregnancy — is a calculated machination designed to make man-eater Hillary appear more motherly. Or, to be precise, grandmotherly.