As more and more evidence surfaces proving that Russia did in fact influence the 2016 election in favor of President Trump, the person who should be the angriest is, of course, former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
While Clinton has been outspoken in the past regarding Trump’s actions as the 45th President of the United States, today’s Op-ed, published in The Atlantic, is by far her most scathing critique and attack of Mr. Trump to date.
Clinton starts the essay by clearly pointing out that her fears and concerns about our future, which she had almost two years ago, were not overblown at all. She then goes on to mention just a handful of cruel actions this administration has taken to sink below the low-bar that was already set for them almost two years ago, writing:
“It’s been nearly two years since Donald Trump won enough Electoral College votes to become president of the United States. On the day after, in my concession speech, I said, “We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead.” I hoped that my fears for our future were overblown.
They were not.
In the roughly 21 months since he took the oath of office, Trump has sunk far below the already-low bar he set for himself in his ugly campaign. Exhibit A is the unspeakable cruelty that his administration has inflicted on undocumented families arriving at the border, including separating children, some as young as eight months, from their parents. According to The New York Times, the administration continues to detain 12,800 children right now, despite all the outcry and court orders. Then there’s the president’s monstrous neglect of Puerto Rico: After Hurricane Maria ravaged the island, his administration barely responded. Some 3,000 Americans died. Now Trump flatly denies those deaths were caused by the storm. And, of course, despite the recent indictments of several Russian military intelligence officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee in 2016, he continues to dismiss a serious attack on our country by a foreign power as a ‘hoax.’”
Next, the former Democratic Presidential nominee goes on to list Trump’s “five main fronts of this assault on our democracy,” as follows:
- Donald Trump’s assault on the rule of law
- The legitimacy of our elections is in doubt
- The president is waging war on truth and reason.
- There’s Trump’s breathtaking corruption
- Trump undermines the national unity that makes democracy possible.
In each of these sections of her essay, Clinton clearly points out the missteps and just plain cruelty perpetrated on the American people by this president. Her words are both powerful and convincing, while she makes sure to endorse a unified America, free of hate, division and bigotry. After urging readers to make sure they vote during November’s mid-terms, in an effort to engage in a “serious housecleaning” of Washington, she concludes with a warning that we must fight for or Democracy once again.
“Democracy may be our birthright as Americans, but it’s not something we can ever take for granted. Every generation has to fight for it, has to push us closer to that more perfect union. That time has come again,” she writes.
The entire essay can be found at The Atlantic.