Hillary Clinton has been the right’s chief target for more than three decades, their grand prize. They have worked tirelessly, viciously, to destroy her. Their sexist attacks, their “lock her up” chants, were a heinous spectacle during the 2016 campaign. Imagine their glee when she is vilified and maligned by people who are ostensibly on her side of the political divide?
There is a difference between maligning and criticizing: Disagreeing with policies is criticizing, calling someone corrupt is maligning.
Hillary Clinton is an honest, ethical, highly accomplished leader who made history in 2016. She was the first woman ever to become a major U.S. party nominee. And she won the popular vote by a comfortable margin, garnering more votes than anyone other than Barack Obama in 2008.
Stating that Hillary Clinton is honest and ethical sounds counterintuitive only because it has become so ingrained in the public to think the opposite. But how many people could withstand years of investigations without a shred of wrongdoing ever found?
The character assassination of Hillary Clinton, aided by a hostile foreign power, remains one of the greatest travesties of American politics. The myth that she was a flawed and unpopular candidate is pervasive, but still a myth. Look at this chart, which tells the entire story of 2016:
The ongoing effort to silence her is an embarrassment to anyone who participates. She has the right to tell her story without being told to go away. She has lessons to teach about fighting the far right. She has deeply-considered policy solutions. She has millions of dedicated and engaged supporters.
Hillary Clinton is at the heart and soul of the Democratic Party, someone who has always been the tip of the spear in the fight for women’s rights, health care, and other core progressive policies. She should be treated with the dignity and respect she has earned over the decades, not shunned or brushed away.
Any Democrat or progressive who echoed the GOP’s anti-Clinton talking points during the 2016 election helped Donald Trump. Anyone who continues to treat her like an outcast is siding with the far right, whose singular purpose was to take her down. Why give them that gift? Why validate their mission. Why hand them their target on a silver platter. Why be like them?