In the midst of unceasing attacks on Hillary’s integrity, here’s a much-needed reality check: No one has ever proved intentional wrongdoing on Hillary’s part. None. Zero. Ever.
The astronomical volume of verbal abuse heaped on Hillary tends to obscure a simple, rock-solid fact: She is a highly-respected, trusted, ethical, and honest person.
Her detractors cannot point to a single instance in Hillary’s career as a public servant where she was found to have engaged in purposeful wrongdoing. Not one. Even after repeated investigations. Even with an army of opposition researchers digging into every nook and cranny of her public and private life.
All of the character attacks are based on conjecture, insinuation, innuendo, smears, lies and guilt-by-association.
Hillary’s well-organized opponents have the benefit of intensity — she has the benefit of integrity. In the end, her integrity wins out. It always has. It always will.
Her State Department emails are a quintessential example.
If you get past the media filter, past the GOP talking points, past the Trumpian vilification, you’ll see that Hillary has been honest about her emails from the very beginning. (If you have any doubts about her veracity, read this detailed analysis of the email issue and the spurious accusations by her critics.)
As I’ve argued for the duration of this election cycle, there is a very good reason the most prominent, accomplished and respected people in the world vouch for her honesty, integrity and trustworthiness. They do so because they know who she is, beyond the grotesque caricature portrayed in the media.
In January, I wrote what has become the most shared article about Hillary of the 2016 election: Hillary Clinton Is One of the Most Ethical (and Most Lied About) Political Leaders in America. With more than half a million shares (and counting), the piece challenges conventional wisdom with a simple premise:
If the headline of this piece blows some minds, you can thank three decades of relentless lies and smears by the conservative attack machine and its mainstream media enablers, who have labored to create an aura of corruption around Hillary Clinton. Hillary’s detractors on the right, left and center reel off a laundry list of unsupported accusations with an air of absolute authority, as though it is simply a given that she is a terrible, horrible, no-good human being. And that is precisely the intention: Taint her through innuendo and guilt-by-association, throw enough dirt at her that voters develop an instant negative association with her name. Accuse, accuse, accuse until the accusation becomes the reality, and may the truth be damned.
As we head into the home stretch of the race for the White House, it’s important to remain focused on facts and reality, not dirty tricks, not distorted Beltway punditry, not faulty conventional wisdom, and not lies and slander from Trump and his cohorts.
Hillary’s ethics and integrity are unassailable. That’s how she has survived the most intrusive, invasive, aggressive and unending vetting process in political history.
And that’s why she’s winning.