Hillary Clinton is trustworthy. Hillary Clinton is ethical. Hillary Clinton is honest. Hillary Clinton is a person of integrity. Those are the facts. The rest is lies and malicious spin.

“I’ve gotten to know Hillary really well, and she is a good, smart, tough person who cares deeply about this country” – President Barack Obama

If you follow politics you know there’s a gaping chasm between Hillary’s public image and her actual character. That chasm was purposely created by her opponents and is purposely exploited by them.

In the caricatured version of Hillary promulgated by her detractors in politics and media, Hillary is lying and corrupt. In actual reality, Hillary is a person of integrity who is respected, loved and trusted by those who know her best.

Some of the most admired people on the planet put their reputations on the line for Hillary. They do it knowing from personal experience that she is mischaracterized and maligned, that she is falsely portrayed as dishonest and untrustworthy. They do it because they know who she really is. They do it because it’s the right thing to do.

Joe Biden:

“The hardest thing is vouching. When you vouch for them you say ‘I’m putting my reputation on the line. I believe this person is a good person, has character.’  You’re putting your rep on the line. You’re saying, ‘I think this person has character,’ and that’s what I’m prepared to do for Hillary.”

The list of political leaders, public officials, organizations, and labor unions who have endorsed Hillary, who have expressed faith in her to lead our country, is long.

Hillary has the trust and support of people like President Obama, Michelle Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, John Lewis, Joe Biden, Lilly Ledbetter, Dolores Huerta, Jim Clyburn, Morgan Freeman, Cecile Richards, Jerry Brown, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bernice King, and numerous others.

Not to mention 15.8 million voters who cast their ballot for her, entrusting her with their future.

I had the privilege of working as an adviser to Hillary and getting to know her personally. Like countless people who have worked for her, I have staked my own reputation on the fact that she is an upstanding person, someone of honesty, trustworthiness, decency and dignity. No amount of second-guessing by pundits or polls will change how I view her.

Earlier this year, I expressed my thoughts in a piece titled Hillary Clinton Is One of the Most Ethical (and Most Lied About) Political Leaders in America. 

With more than 350,000 shares, it has become one of the most widely-disseminated articles about Hillary of the entire 2016 election, surpassing even the New York Times’ endorsement. There’s a strong appetite for truth about Hillary.

Here’s an excerpt:

Karl Rove, the Koch brothers, and billionaire conservative moneymen like Paul Singer have spent inordinate sums to paint a malignant picture of Hillary, using sophisticated propaganda techniques to render her toxic to the American electorate. But the fact is this: From Whitewater to Benghazi to her emails, nobody can point to a single instance of corruption or purposeful wrongdoing on Hillary Clinton’s part. None. Zero. Ever.

So why do we keep hearing that Hillary has a trust and honesty problem?

Simple: It’s because the media conflate her caricature with her character. More than that, they actively and intentionally promote that caricature.

The grotesque portrayal of Hillary foisted on the public by political enemies and pundits with personal vendettas is the one the media are referring to when they say she has a “trust problem.”

Hillary’s true character is the smart, wise, accomplished, funny, flawed (like all of us) person in this image below:

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No matter what her bashers say, no matter how often the media repeat it, and no matter how grotesque the distortion of her character, Hillary the human being does not have a trust and honesty problem.

She doesn’t have a trust and honesty problem because she’s honest and trustworthy and no one has ever proven otherwise.

The investigation into her emails, like every other investigation over the decades, found ZERO evidence of intentional wrongdoing on Hillary’s part

The media’s incessant reporting on her so-called trust and honesty problem is designed to become a self-fulfilling loop, where the baseless questions become the reality.

Don’t let it happen. Don’t give them that power over your perceptions. Believe the facts not the fabricated misconceptions.

And let’s focus on the millions of Americans who are passionate about her candidacy, the millions who trust and admire her, not just those who don’t.

(Updated 7/25/16)