A few weeks ago, a friend and I were having drinks while talking politics and the presidential race. She told me she was supporting Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. This seemed somewhat odd, considering my friend was a fierce independent thinker who valued ethical behavior. So, I asked why she supported Clinton given her less than ethical record. The answer made me drink my wine at an accelerated rate.
“Well, I support her because she’s Hillary Clinton,” she said.
When pressed, the friend waxed Trumpian when she could not elaborate and only provide loose phrases of devotion like “she’s just great” and “Republicans attack her because she’s a woman and successful.”
Of course, when presented with some of the less-than-moral things that Clinton has done in her career, my friend shrugged them off as permissible because she is “Hillary” and she would be the first female president of the United States.
The fact is, many millennials and Americans are like my friend. They see Hillary Clinton as a woman to admire and as an example to their children. And why shouldn’t they? She’s a former First Lady, U.S. senator, and secretary of state. What a resume! No wonder she has been the most admired woman in America a record twenty times.
Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton’s record in those impressive positions is one that should stun and sadden people who support her. Instead, they willfully ignore evidence of wrongdoing on her part and take leave of their senses. Some even go so far as to say facts that put her in a negative light are the creation of the vast right wing conspiracy. These are the same people who say the right wing can’t run anything yet they believe Republicans are capable of executing this conspiracy and the “war on women.” It defies logic and takes on the characteristics of a certain kind of derangement.
And then there’s Ms. Clinton’s email scandal. Hillary and her emails have become the 21st Century’s version of Richard Nixon and his tapes. She created her own private email server, hosted at her home, to conduct official State Department business. Clinton skirted federal archiving regulations by setting up a system that she could claim was her private property. Not only that, it appears as though she received classified material on this unsecured network that was vulnerable to possible cyber warfare attack. The FBI is currently investigating Clinton for potential violation of the Espionage Act.
Despite repeatedly insisting she did not send or share classified information on this private email server, State Department releases of new rounds of emails monthly, seem to indicate otherwise. In a batch released on December 31, 2015, almost 9% percent of the 3,105 emails released were marked as classified. Astoundingly reckless.
Clinton and her cabal insist this email system was established for her “convenience.” After all, she didn’t feel comfortable having two email addresses, as it would be too difficult to manage — and according to her top aide, Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton is “often confused” and is easily overwhelmed. Clinton’s more convenient way to perform her duties as secretary of state came at the expense of national security.
Ironically, another batch of emails released showed Clinton asking her aides why a State Department employee was using their own personal email for work purposes. It reveals at Clinton Inc., it’s a tale of two cities. One set of standards for Hillary and another for everybody else.
Lest we forget other problems that reveal Clinton’s lack of a moral compass and blind lust for power. She has repeatedly aided and abetted her husband’s penchant for sexual impropriety and abuse of women. Of course, as National Review’s Katherine Timpf noted last month, feminists turned a blind eye because, well, she’s Hillary. One of her top backers, Governor Andrew Cuomo, holds a lengthy record of calling for the resignation and punishment of public figures that are party to sexual wrongdoing. When it comes to Bill Clinton, Cuomo is silent and supportive. Hypocrisy for Hillary.
Time and time again, Clinton has used her office for personal gain. Companies with business pending before the State Department would make a donation to the Clinton Global Initiative or pay her husband a six-figure speaker’s fee and *poof* they would be in business with the United States of America. Magic.
In September 2015, Clinton told Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson that, “I’m a real person!” In fact, nobody has ever accused her of not being a real person — despite her robotic and manufactured mannerisms, as well as her responses and interactions with reporters, the public, and people in general. Clinton does have an authenticity problem. Every word is carefully measured and seemingly rehearsed. Even a cursory glance at her campaign’s website reveals that every single word and phrase was carefully crafted by her cadre of lawyers. At what point wasn’t she inauthentic?
One role Clinton plays quite authentically is that of the victim. The victim of an unfaithful husband. The victim of an overzealous press. The victim of the vast right-wing conspiracy. Hillary Clinton plays the victim to elicit sympathy from an American public that should know better.
But hey, we’re talking about the most admired woman in America here. What message would it send to our daughters if we didn’t elect Hillary Clinton president of the United States? We can’t let ethically-challenged behavior deter the Hillary presidency!
Each and every time Hillary Clinton breaks the rules, supporters, like my friend, willingly look the other way. If these transgressions were committed by any other public figure, the American people would turn on them in a heartbeat.
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Evan Siegfried, a Republican strategist and columnist, is president of Somm Consulting. You can follow him on Twitter at @evansiegfried
this is just incredible evan. so smart