I have a confession to make. Even though I still fully believe Hillary Clinton will be a great president, for me, this election stopped being about her a while ago.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t believe in her — I absolutely do. However, because the alternative to her is so unbelievably terrifying, I don’t care if she doesn’t pass a single piece of legislation her entire time in office. As far as I’m concerned, keeping Donald Trump out of the White House while protecting all of the progress we’ve made over the last few decades is all she needs to do.
For starters, I don’t believe anything is going to ever come from any of this email nonsense. Not only did the FBI already spend over a year looking into this (at which point they found no criminal wrongdoing), but the truth is, nobody really cares about these damn emails.
This is a classic case of fake outrage and people pretending that they care about something because it involves a politician they oppose.
You’re going to tell me that Clinton should be in prison over these emails but George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and other people from his administration shouldn’t be even after they blatantly lied to Americans prior to the Iraq War and admitted to committing war crimes?
Then there’s always that little “email controversy” where 22 million emails were “lost” by the Bush administration, yet I don’t recall Republicans caring too much about all of that. And these are emails that relate to what was said prior to the Iraq War and pertained to the possibly politically motivated firing of nine U.S. attorneys — among other things.
As I said, this is a classic case of fake, partisan outrage driven by folks who wouldn’t give a damn if a politician they supported had done the same thing.
For me it goes back to my belief that there’s simply nothing there. It was a mistake, she owned up to it, apologized and after an extensive investigation, the FBI concluded that nothing illegal had taken place.
Yes, I know what some people are going to say: Then why did they “reopen” the case!?
First, they didn’t “reopen” the case. During an unrelated investigation the FBI is conducting into Anthony Wiener’s alleged sexting with a 15-year-old, emails related to his wife Huma Abedin’s time working with Clinton when she was Secretary of State were found on devices owned by the couple that need to be reviewed to determine whether or not any were classified — that’s it.
This is not a “reopening” of an investigation into Clinton’s handling of emails. If anything, this would ultimately land at the feet of Abedin if she mishandled classified information when she worked for Clinton at the State Department.
Now, with all that said, does that mean there’s zero chance that something could ultimately be found within these emails that lands Clinton in a lot of trouble? Of course not. There’s always a slight (though unlikely) chance that there could be something found that might turn out to be extremely bad news for Clinton. Based on her response to this situation, and strong push for the FBI to tell voters more about what’s going on, it seems rather clear that she’s not too concerned with what they’re going to find within these emails.
Oh, but I know what some people might say to that: But even the chance that something might be found to incriminate her, isn’t that enough of a reason not to vote for her?
Again, because I don’t believe that anything is going to come from this, it doesn’t matter to me. If the FBI didn’t find anything before, they’re most likely not going to find anything now.
Plus, until I start seeing the private emails of the RNC, Donald Trump and everyone else who’s claimed her emails (even the ones Russians hacked and gave to WikiLeaks to distribute) “prove she’s corrupt,” she’s being held to a standard that nobody else is being held to. I don’t see the RNC or Donald Trump eagerly publishing thousands upon thousands of pages of their personal emails for everyone to read. Hell, Trump won’t even release his tax returns, something every presidential candidate for the last 40 years has done. I have no idea what these folks are saying in private correspondence to friends, staffers, campaign managers and trusted confidants.
How do I know that what they’ve said and done in private isn’t worse than what many of her critics are accusing Clinton of saying and doing?
Fun Fact: Donald Trump has his own email controversy where his companies have been caught destroying or hiding emails, digital records or other documents in defiance of court orders to produce those materials during numerous court proceedings.
The truth of the matter is, even if you told me 6 months from now that the FBI was going to indict Clinton for mishandling classified information, I’d still vote for her.
I don’t think that’s going to happen (making it a moot point), but if she was forced to resign from office, Tim Kaine would then become president — and I’m perfectly on board with that. I’m more than willing to roll the dice on the extremely unlikely chance of Kaine becoming president if Clinton was removed from office just as long as it keeps Donald Trump from becoming this nation’s president.
Hell, right now if you told me Clinton was dropping out and Kaine was now the presidential candidate — I’m voting for Kaine.
Donald Trump is the most dangerous presidential candidate we’ve ever seen reach this level of success. We are one election away from electing the closest thing to an authoritarian dictator this country has ever had this close to the White House.
This is what I mean when I said that, for me, this election hasn’t really been about Hillary Clinton for a while. Yes, I still proudly support her and I’m looking forward to electing our nation’s first female president on November 8th. Yes, I still fully believe that she’s going to make a great president. Yes, I still think when it’s all said and done, this FBI nonsense is going to turn out to be nothing — just like all the other ridiculous conspiracies she’s dealt with throughout her career.
However, if I’m going to make a list of my “priorities” for this election, keeping Donald Trump out of the White House is at the very top of that list — and nothing else comes anywhere close to that.
And I am absolutely unapologetic for feeling that way. So call me whatever names you feel like — I couldn’t care less.