Yesterday, when Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down with France’s Radio Europe one to address Hillary Clinton’s recent criticism’s against Russia, he could have focused on the political issue of the day. But, instead, he focused on Clinton’s gender.
“It’s better not to ague with women,” he said. “When people push boundaries too far, it’s not because they are strong, but because they are weak. But maybe weakness is not the worst quality for a woman.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, he meant what he said. When the interviewer gives Putin the chance to come back from that statement, he doesn’t go for the bait. As per PolicyMic:
The interviewer then tried to give Putin a chance to redeem himself, saying to the president, "Women must be respected, of course, and I'm sure you respect them."
But Putin did not respond to the comment.
Which, of course, is a shame, considering that Putin’s words on women overshadowed the single cogent point he made in the interview:
"Speaking of U.S. policy, it's clear that the United States is pursuing the most aggressive and toughest policy to defend their own interests — at least, this is how the American leaders see it — and they do it persistently," Putin said later in the interview.
"There are basically no Russian troops abroad while U.S. troops are everywhere. There are U.S. military bases everywhere around the world and they are always involved in the fates of other countries even though they are thousands of kilometers away from U.S. borders. So it is ironic that our U.S. partners accuse us of breaching some of these rules," he added.
Astute, to be sure. Such a response only underlines the women comments, being that it shows Putin is capable of address Clinton’s criticisms on a political level, but instead made the choice to marginalize her because of her gender. But, then, Putin hasn’t always been known for his sensitivity.