Despite her devastating defeat, Hillary Clinton proved to be one of the strongest candidates who ever sought the presidency of the United States. Years of Republican plots, an opponent deified by television, and FBI smears stood in her way – and she still won the popular vote. No matter how you slice it, that’s pretty impressive.
“There has never been a man or a woman, not me, not Bill, nobody more qualified than Hillary Clinton to serve as president of the United States of America,” President Barack Obama said during the convention.
And I agree with president Obama. Sometimes I think I have never seen a candidate as strong as Hillary Clinton. That doesn’t mean that I like everything about her. In fact, before supporting Hillary I was a Bernie supporter. But I want to give her credit for what she did.
As The Guardian’s Rebecca Solnit put it Monday: “Defeating Clinton in the electoral college took the 2013 gutting of the Voting Rights Act by Republican appointees to the supreme court. It took vast Republican voter suppression laws and tactics set in place over many years. It took voter intimidation at many polling places. It took the long Republican campaign to blow up the boring bureaucratic irregularity of Clinton’s use of a private email server into a scandal that the media obediently picked up and reheated.”
“It took a corrupt FBI director, James Comey, who used a bogus scandal and his power to stage a misleading smear attack on Clinton 11 days before the election in flagrant violation of the custom of avoiding such intervention for sixty days before an election. It took a compliant corporate media to refuse to call his sabotage for what it was while ignoring Trump’s cruelty, sexism, racism, and narcissism as essential to success and power.”
To stop Hillary Clinton it also took Russia and Julian Assange, using Wikileaks as a tool of revenge to aid the campaign of a climate-denying racist authoritarian.
Many intelligence experts say it came from Russian hackers, and Putin made it clear that he favored Trump’s win. The day Comey dropped his bombshell, the New York Times ran a story reassuringly titled Investigating Donald Trump, FBI Sees No Clear Link to Russia with its own astounding, underplayed revelation buried inside: “Investigators, the officials said, have become increasingly confident, based on the evidence they have uncovered, that Russia’s direct goal is not to support the election of Mr Trump, as many Democrats have asserted, but rather to disrupt the integrity of the political system and undermine America’s standing in the world more broadly.”
It took an army of dark forces to defeat Hillary. Because she was the strongest candidate Republicans ever faced.