How it became cool to hate Hillary Clinton...
PHILADELPHIA ― Donald Trump bragged not long ago that he could shoot someone dead on New Yorks Fifth Avenue and his supporters would still love him.
The boast was meant to illustrate the loyalty of his fans. But if the Republican nominee truly wants to know how such a charge can affect a political career, he could just ask Hillary Clinton.
Murdering someone with a gun is just one of the things Clinton has been accused of over the years by her political opponents, who have attacked her for such things as profiting from insider information in the commodities market, enabling husband and former president Bill Clintons infidelities, and, more recently, mishandling the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.
A quarter-century of drama involving the former first lady brings her to a remarkable threshold: on the doorstep of becoming the first female American president, despite being seen as a villain by a sizable segment of the population.
Theres a narrative here, and its a real narrative, and she hasnt dealt with it at all, said David Winston, Republican pollster and former aide to Bill Clinton-era House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) The challenge for her is the things that have happened recently that are feeding into an existing storyline.
So ingrained is the anti-Hillary sentiment, crossing party and demographic lines, that even those too young to remember anything about Whitewater or Troopergate know its cool to dislike her - even though they may not be quite sure why.
A private person by nature, Clinton responded through the years by throwing up even more barriers against outsiders, her supporters say, culminating in the decision that led her to use a private email server to handle her official communications as secretary of state. A November 2011 email to her top confidante stated it best: I dont want any risk of the personal being accessible.
The article is worth the read at the link.
Hillary hasn't done anything to deserve not being trusted. She's just had more accusations thrown at her and unproven. People should not let this influence them. Also making the accused person claim they didn't do anything wrong is wrong. I had a stupid relative doing that. So I said to them if I just make up something and accuse you, you are willing to accept that you have to prove it untrue?
People tend to confuse accusation with fact. If we hear that someone is arrested or accused or indicted, in our minds we are apt to see him/her as guilty. Even if they are proven innocent (or not proven guilty), the tag of "guilty" tends to linger.
Few people have been accused as much as Hillary Clinton and the right knows exactly what they are doing. Perception trumps truth after awhile. "Well, if she is innocent, why is she accused so often of wrong doing or dishonesty?" Throw in some unflattering photos here and there - mission accomplished.
disinformation hook, line and sinker. They are all up in arms about how biased the media is and conspiracy theories, yet they don't even check the facts behind the smear they use against Clinton.
have been baked, and there are stories that have merit. And there are things that would give Progressives of any stripe real pause.
But she's the nominee now, in all but final tabulation, and people are generally uniting behind her and extolling her good qualities, of which there are also many.
If Hillary and Co. can keep to a course that's even moderately Progressive, the world should be rosy and a better place.
But please, let's not act as if Hillary has never done anything that would give an honest Democrat pause.
some right wing nut job is just plain nuts, so you give it up.
The fucking primaries are over!!
for me anyway, was of hope and unity and a party and people that are acting in a way so far more worthy than Republicans that this elections SHOULD BE an easy choice.
I know it won't be. Will require hard work. But it will be worthwhile work, and looks like we'll be at it together.
Hillary should be one of the most beloved figures in our country, she's spent her entire career helping people. It's a career marked by service to those who need help. But people want to see her as evil because she's been in the public eye for so long.