She won the popular vote against Donald Trump in 2016, but the Electoral College was in his favor. As a result, Trump became president, and Hillary Clinton stepped aside from politics for several months.
Since then, Clinton has been an outspoken opponent of Trump’s, not in an electoral sense, but as a citizen. And on Wednesday, as members of the House of Representatives debated on whether to impeach the president or not, she explained, in just three succinct sentences, why they should.
“One of our most precious rights as Americans is the right to determine who our leaders are,” Clinton wrote in a tweet just before lunchtime. “The president abused his powers to cheat in the next election and rob us of that right. Then he obstructed Congress to cover it up.”
One of our most precious rights as Americans is the right to determine who our leaders are.
The president abused his powers to cheat in the next election and rob us of that right. Then he obstructed Congress to cover it up.
Impeachment is the only remedy. #DefendOurDemocracy
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) December 18, 2019
“Impeachment is the only remedy,” Clinton added, finishing her tweet up with the hashtag #DefendOurDemocracy.
Trump’s attacks against Clinton in the 2016 presidential race inspired his supporters to frequently shout “lock her up” —a chant that continued long after the race was over, and continues to some extent to this day. In fact, Trump continues to make attacks against the former Secretary of State online, posting derisive tweets once every few days, on average, with her name mentioned.
According to the Trump Twitter Archive, Trump has tweeted the word “Clinton” 231 times, and the word “Hillary” 254 times, since December 1, 2016. He’s used both words in tweets 123 times since that date. Most tweets about Clinton continue to demean her, often calling her “crooked Hillary” — a term that appears in his tweets on 145 occasions since that time.