Hillary Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2016 Campaign, has weathered her share of scandals and political firestorms over the years. Yet, detractors continue to keep her under a microscope despite years of probes and countless investigations, which begs the question–Is Clinton the subject of a witch hunt?
Political scrutiny is one thing, but the endless stream of accusations and attempts to discredit the former First Lady have breached all reason. Her various accomplishments threaten the detractors, especially when faced with the prospect of Clinton being named the first female President of the United States. The 67-year-old veteran politician has served her country well over the decades and with distinction.
Beyond being a leading candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 2008 and 2016 presidential elections, she has served as U.S. Secretary of State under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013, a United States Senator representing New York from 2001 to 2009, as well as the wife of President Bill Clinton and First Lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Without a doubt, the woman in question is a trailblazer and credit to her gender.
Despite the public scandal she endured during the former Clinton Administration, the savvy presidential hopeful and her husband have been able to overcome much personal as well as political strife while maintaining their marriage and keeping their family intact. They have garnered great personal and professional success as a couple as well as individuals following their exit from the White House in 2001, after two terms and with a final approval rating of 65 percent. As such, Bill Clinton left office with the highest end-of-office approval rating of any U.S. President since World War II.
Perhaps Hillary’s experience and grace-under-pressure persona are more fuel for the fire when it comes to her detractors. Despite all the rumors, accusations, and investigations, the resilient Democratic frontrunner has weathered them without any formal charges of wrongdoing or misconduct. It is almost as if her detractors continue to pursue her in an effort to make her break. They appear to be out for vengeance or on a witch hunt. However, Hillary Clinton is not a woman to buckle under or turn tail and run. She has proven herself to be a stalwart warrior and capable leader, who is not afraid to stand her ground and serve her constituents.
The 2016 presidential hopeful has faced many obstacles and harsh criticisms over the years including the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Whitewater controversy, Travelgate, Filegate, Benghazi, and the most recent Hillary email scandal to name a few. Currently, the email scandal has Conservatives once again pushing for a criminal probe into the former Secretary of State’s actions. The outcome of this latest political dust-up is yet to be determined.
As the 2016 Campaign continues to gear up, the various candidates, including Clinton, are stating their intentions and declaring their bids for the U.S. Presidency. The 2015 Primary and 2016 General Elections will undoubtedly prove to be a battleground. Nonetheless, Clinton has proven she is up to the task and ready to take on her detractors.
The frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2016 Campaign has certainly weathered her share of scandals and political dust-ups over the years, which begs the question: Is Clinton the subject of a witch hunt? While her detractors may claim to be keeping her under a microscope for accountability sake, the truth is much more biased and contrived. The presidential hopeful poses a considerable threat to Conservatives and the right-wing establishment. They appear to be out for vengeance and on a mission to make her break. Simply put, they are on a witch hunt. Nonetheless, Hillary Clinton is here to stay and the establishment should make way.
Opinion Written and Edited By Leigh Haugh
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