So in the current political meme-war, I am constantly seeing the comment "but her emails" with a snarky tone from the anti-trump side.
The implication here is to poke fun at these foolish,
redneck trump supporters who were so up in arms about a silly issue like Hillary Clinton's emails that they elected the worst president in history.
How could they be so *stupid* to care about something like that right?
Now don't get me wrong, I am in no way a supporter of trump. I live abroad, and I was honestly embarrassed to come into work as an American the day after the election.
I hated his rhetoric on the campaign trail, and I am at a loss for what a train-wreck his presidency has become until now.
However, no matter how far Donald Trump falls, I think it's important not to lose sight of the fact that ***Hillary Clinton was a deeply flawed candidate,
and the fact that Donald Trump is president is every bit as much her fault as it is the fault of his supporters***.
This "but her emails" meme is really comforting for us on the left. No, it's not *our* fault how things turned out.
Trump was only elected because of racism, ignorance, and Russian political sabotage. It's nice to believe that, but it's not true:
- First of all, the email scandal is a legitimate reason *not* to vote for Hillary Clinton. She did collude with the DNC to disenfranchise Democratic voters who supported Bernie Sanders.
We *hate* when Republicans use shady tactics like voter ID laws etc. to suppress the minority vote, it's hypocritical not to be outraged by this behavior in the democratic party.
- Hillary Clinton *was* deeply entangled with Wallstreet.
She was receiving huge sums of money for speaking engagements at the same financial institutions which massively injured the American middle class during the great recession.
It would be *entirely legitimate* for working class people who feel left out of the economic recovery not to support Hillary Clinton for this reason alone.
Basically, I think Hillary Clinton is our version of George Bush.
She's a member of a well-connected political family who's in bed with the elites, and would do everything in her power to make the US government friendly to corporate interests.
The only difference is that she pays lip-service to our cultural issues, like women's rights and multiculturalism instead of gun rights and the war on Christmas.
I mean both are in the immediate family of a past president - the US was founded in direct opposition to monarchy,
and even the idea of putting two members of the same family into the highest office within a few decades should be immediately offensive to us.
Don't get me wrong, given the choices if we could be living under a Clinton presidency right now rather than Trump I would take that option in a second,
but only in the way that I would choose to eat nothing but McDonalds every day if the only other option was to eat out of the garbage.
Even if one of those things is having disastrous short-term consequences for me, both of those are going to be bad for my long-term health and well-being.
So basically what I'm saying is, while Trump is falling on his face, it seems like the message some of us are taking from this is "we should have elected Hillary.
" I think that's entirely wrong: it was her race to win and she lost it. If anything the take away should be "we shouldn't have nominated Hillary."
So change my view.
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