Let’s define “most trusted” in its literal — and most measurable — sense: More people trust X than anyone else.
And let’s further refine that definition to an act of trust, such as a vote or public endorsement.
If we use that definition instead of the polls that Hillary’s detractors so eagerly tout, the conclusion is unavoidable: Hillary Clinton is the most trusted candidate in 2016. By a wide margin.
Hillary has been endorsed by a greater number of respected public figures and organizations than any other candidate. And more importantly, she leads all other candidates in the popular vote.
I can already hear heads exploding. “But the polls! What about the polls? Nobody trusts Hillary!”
Interesting, isn’t it, that despite all the doom-saying, the smears, the hand-wringing, the breathless anti-Hillary talking points, she is still winning the trust of voters and political leaders?
Take Bernie Sanders. He had the opportunity to vote against Hillary’s nomination for Secretary of State. After all, he voted against Tim Geithner for Treasury Secretary. Instead, he voted to confirm her, an affirmation of his trust in her ability to represent America to the world.
In other words, Bernie trusts Hillary.
Think about the numerous political leaders, public officials, organizations, and labor unions who trust Hillary with their future. President Obama, John Lewis, Emily’s List, Lilly Ledbetter, Dolores Huerta, Jim Clyburn, Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Campaign, Julian Castro, Brady Campaign, Eric Holder, League of Conservation Voters, Tammy Baldwin, Kirsten Gillibrand, Claire McCaskill, Cory Booker, Sheila Jackson Lee, Bernice King, and countless more.
Consider the trust for Hillary among popular figures like Jessica Alba, Beyoncé, J.J. Abrams, Lena Dunham, Will Ferrell, America Ferrera, Morgan Freeman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George Clooney, Kelly Clarkson, Matt Damon, Robert De Niro, Abby Wambach, Marc Anthony, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Foxx, Ariana Grande, Magic Johnson, Pharrell Williams, Lady Gaga, Stevie Wonder, Shonda Rhimes, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Meryl Streep, Jamie Lee Curtis, George Takei, Amy Schumer, Tom Hanks, and Kerry Washington, among many others.
NEARLY 5 MILLION VOTERS HAVE PLACED THEIR TRUST IN HILLARY. [UPDATE: As of 3/15, the number is 8 million voters.]
That’s more than any other candidate in the 2016 election.
Yes, Hillary is trusted. Trusted by millions to lead America to a safer, better future. So when you hear Hillary bashers attacker her honesty and trustworthiness, take it for what it’s worth: not much.
Better yet, follow Morgan Freeman’s lead when asked whether Hillary has a trust problem: “Not with me she doesn’t.”