People continue to pile horrible criticisms on Hillary Clinton, even people who say they will vote for her. All of Clinton’s political rivals and many of her supporters (some reluctant #NeverTrumpers) cannot stand her. They call her names, point out scandal after scandal, conspiracy after conspiracy, and lament the day Hillary Clinton became a public figure ready, willing, and able to to be the Commander in Chief. Why? Why do so many people want to believe so many horrible things about Clinton, especially in the face of her opponent, your basic he-who-must-not-be-named, comic-book-style mega-villain? Many people don’t want to believe this, but a lot of it adds up to sexism. Yes, many of Hillary Clinton’s detractors simply cannot handle a woman who takes the same political initiative once thought only accessible to men, and makes things happen, moves people. However, I have also seen a great deal of those people argue vehemently against what they call an unfair, misguided, or even simple-minded assumption. As if these detractors care she is a woman. No, no, no, Clinton’s policies are where we disagree with her; her scandals frighten us; the direction she would take the country is horrific. Pull your heads out of your asses, people. If you really stopped and took the time to sincerely consider why you dislike Hillary Clinton so much, there is hardly another conclusion you can come to other than that she is a woman. Don’t believe me? If you have ever thought, even for one second, that Clinton is or might be worse than Donald J. Trump (and, please, do I really need to bust out a list of some of his crimes and indiscretions?), then you are, without a doubt, believe it or not, sexist. As a friend recently posted on Facebook: “The nice thing about facts is that they’re true even if you don’t believe in them.” In the last few days, two great statements have been made about this very issue by President Barack Obama and Frank Bruni, Op-Ed Columnist for the New York Times. And no, I am not asking you to vote for Clinton because she is a woman and because it would be cool to have a woman president. But I can just let Conor Friedersdorf take care of covering some of the real “why,” here.
It is also important to point out that Hillary Clinton, as I saw someone observe recently, is the most transparent candidate America has ever seen, thanks in part to Russian hackers and WikiLeaks. Could you stand up to such scrutiny? What if someone sifted through every single email you sent in just the past year? What would that look like? What if you had to help run a country, satisfy hundreds of millions of different people, and correspond through tens of thousands of emails while doing it? Indiscretions? No doubt, and then some. In another recent op-ed, Thomas L. Friedman addresses some of Clinton’s flaws but sets out in what may be his last-ditch effort to sway voters, particularly Trump supporters. Seriously, you need to read it. It will take less than five minutes.
Finally, too many people continue to argue that a Clinton presidency would lead the country into economic disaster. In fact, a current Trump ad claims that under Clinton, the US economy would remain stagnate. To be fair, the economy is moving a little slower these days than many of us want it to, but it is moving, and it is moving in the right direction. And if we can expect more of the same from a Clinton presidency when compared to Obama’s presidency, then, I say, “Hell, yes!” Who wouldn’t want 79 consecutive months of job growth that added 15.3 million private sector jobs under President Barack Obama? And many economists agree that Trump’s proposed tax plan would likely kill 3.5 million jobs, while Clinton’s economic plan could help create as many as 10.4 million jobs in four years! If that’s not enough for you, how about 370 of the top economists in the country signing a letter urging Americans not to vote for Trump? But that isn’t enough. To stop Trump, to completely cut him off, and any other possible future political clone, from the presidency, to guarantee the economic success of our country among so many other positives, we must all get out and vote and cast our ballots for Hillary Clinton. We must make sure that Trump loses so badly, that no one will dare follow in his footsteps.