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As A ’90s Gay, Rachel Maddow Didn’t Feel Supported By The Clintons

by Rob Smith February 10, 2016


While covering the NH Primary results for MSNBC, cable news superstar and all-around lesbian badass Rachel Maddow shared some surprisingly personal thoughts about her feelings as a gay person during Bill Clinton’s presidency.

Maddow feels Clinton, who gave us DOMA and DADT, didn’t really do enough to support gay rights in the face of pretty vocal opposition from Republicans at the time:

And I look at all the young people, particularly at this Bernie Sanders event. I was 19 in 1992 when Bill Clinton was running on the Democratic side and at the 1992 Republican convention, Pat Buchanan got up there and gave this culture war speech where he basically declared a crusade against minorities and particularly gay people. And as a gay person watching that in 1992 I didn’t feel like Bill Clinton had my back. I didn’t feel like the Democratic party had my back.

He was talking about agreeing with Ronald Reagan that government was the problem and all that stuff. If you are a liberal, you are not in the majority in this country and you know it and it always feels that way.

Whether you’re here for Hillary or Bernie (or Trump or Rubio), her thoughts raise some interesting questions about the past and future of the Democratic party.

Check out the clip below.

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