Of all the twists and turns in the 2016 election, one of the strangest is the ongoing effort to bully, shame, and intimidate anyone who expresses support for the actual front-runner in the Democratic primary.
Some people have imbibed the anti-Hillary narratives so thoroughly that they actually think others should be ashamed of supporting one of the most exceptional candidates ever to seek the presidency.
One of my favorite moments of the election cycle is Morgan Freeman’s calm and collected slap-down of what he called the “hogwash” about Hillary’s reported trust problem. Asked directly whether she has a trust issue, his answer was classic: “Not with me she doesn’t.”
Freeman isn’t alone. As I wrote yesterday, numerous public figures and organizations have expressed their trust for Hillary. That list includes 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.
More than 8.5 million voters have expressed their trust by voting for Hillary. That’s more than any other candidate in the race, Democrat or Republican.
And in Bernie Sanders’s case, there’s this:
Bernie 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.
I shared my reasons for my unwavering pro-Hillary advocacy in a recent piece: As I see it, there is no half-hearted defense of women’s rights. You either stand up for what you believe in or you don’t. In the case of the vitriol directed at Hillary — so much of it gender-based — I try to imagine my daughter, sister, wife or mother in Hillary’s position and ask myself what I’d do if they were subjected to the same venomous slander, the same unhinged, unprovoked and unwarranted scorn, the same double standard. The answer is clear.
Contrary to the straw man I’m confronted with daily, this is not about issues and not about overwrought accusations of sexism. I have absolutely no problem with people vehemently disagreeing with Hillary’s positions. I disagree with her on several things, from her AUMF vote to drones to fracking. I was upset by her comment on Nancy Reagan and AIDS and I’m glad she apologized for it. She is by no means perfect. No one is.
But I won’t let the perfect be the enemy of the exceptional. And make no mistake, Hillary is an exceptional human being and an exceptional candidate. She is by far the best positioned in this race to advance the progressive agenda and she is nothing like the caricature painted of her.
I find it mystifying when people imply that I overdo my support for her. How much is too much when you’re defending someone’s integrity from unfair and unjust attacks? Someone you know and have worked for, someone you admire and respect.
Yes, I sleep very well at night knowing I’ve done my best to elect America’s first woman president, one who has the strength, wisdom and experience to make my daughter’s world a better place.