These #IAmHillary Tweets Sum Up Clinton's Controversial & Complicated Legacy
The same day interim Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile went public with claims that Hillary Clinton's campaign had used the DNC's debt to take control of the Democratic Party, the hashtag #IAmHillary was trending on Twitter. But as the tweets containing #IAmHillary show, people are still clearly divided over Clinton's legacy.
Politco published an excerpt Thursday from Brazile's forthcoming book, Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House. In it, Brazile alleges the Clinton campaign poured significant amounts of money into a cash-strapped DNC in exchange for "control of its operations." But along with keeping the nation talking about the 2016 election, Brazile's allegations appear to have also renewed debate over Clinton's legacy.
However, while some are still "With Her," others aren't convinced the former Democratic nominee would have been the better candidate. Where some view Clinton as a trailblazing pioneer for women and young girls, others reportedly see a dubious establishment politician. This isn't the first time Clinton's legacy has come up for debate, nor is it likely to be the last given how polarizing a figure the first woman to be named the presidential nominee of a major U.S. political party has become over the last few years.
Here's how some have responded to the #IAmHillary hashtag trending on Twitter:
#IAmHillary Because I Persist
#IAmHillary because she shows us all how to gracefully persist past all manner of abuse in a man's world & paves a way for a woman's world.— Karen Hale (@zuiderelle) November 2, 2017
Some Twitter users tweeting under the hashtag focused on Clinton's persistence despite the hurdles she'd faced throughout her political career.
#IAmHillary Because I'm Qualified
#IAmHillary because every woman knows what it's like when the unqualified white man gets the job that you are far more qualified for.— RogueArtist (@TinaDuryea) November 2, 2017
Some Clinton supporters noted they knew how it felt to be passed over for an opportunity despite being more than qualified.
#IAmHillary Because Women's Rights Are Human Rights
I believe Women’s Rights are Human Rights. I want women and girls to live in a world where they know they are powerful. #IAmHillary— Alicia Donahue (@aliciadonahue) November 2, 2017
For some Clinton supporters, it was the former presidential candidate's commitment to women's rights that inspired them to tweet under the hashtag.
#IAmHillary Because I Continue To Rise
When trying pave the way forward for not just women, everyone; I get beat down again and again but I will continue to rise #IAmHillary— Lea Wilson 👻🎃 (@theatrchick) November 2, 2017
More than one Clinton fan applauded the former Democratic nominee's refusal to be beaten down by critics and naysayers.
#IAmHillary Because I Intimidate
I’m educated, qualified, eloquent, composed and capable. Yet men insist on vilifying me because I intimidate them. #IAmHillary— BohoGirlResists 💗 (@KikiAdine) November 2, 2017
One supporter claimed Clinton continued to be vilified by men because they are intimidated by her.
#IAmHillary Because I Know The Glass Ceiling Will Break
I must be Hillary Clinton because I stare at a glass ceiling w/ 65 million cracks in it & know it will break someday #IAmHillary— MJD (@MelindaDaly) November 2, 2017
One Twitter user drew on one of Clinton's most famous quotes to applaud the former Democratic nominee's perseverance.
#IAmHillary Because Still I Rise
I must be Hillary bc I've been lied about, defamed, called a bitch, hated, targeted, & falsely blamed..."and still I rise." ❤️💪🏼 #IAmHillary— PebblesJ (@MadisonJourdan) November 2, 2017
Perseverance in the face of ugly personal attacks and severe criticism was a common theme in the #IAmHillary hashtag.
#IAmHillary Because I Am Ambitious
#IAmHillary because my ambition has been treated like a character flaw— Mia Brett 👸🏻 (@QueenMab87) November 2, 2017
Ambition is not a character flaw, one Twitter user wrote.
#IAmHillary Because I Believe In Education And Child Care
I must be Hillary because I believe early childhood care and education should be a priority. #IAmHillary— Granny Graves (@freeandclear1) November 2, 2017
For one Twitter user, it was Clinton's prioritization of early childhood care and education that drew them to the former presidential candidate.
#IAmHillary Because I'm Not Warm And Fuzzy
I must be Hillary because my former male boss told me that while my work was “stellar,” I just wasn’t “warm and fuzzy.” #IamHillary— Cynthia Leigh Welch (@WelchLibrarian) November 2, 2017
One user on the social media network empathized with Clinton continually being criticized as having a stiff or cold demeanor rather than keeping the focus on her job performance.
Is #IAmHillary Real Life?
I must have woken up in an alternate universe where a positive and respectful hashtag about Hillary Clinton is trending: #IAmHillary— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) November 2, 2017
Peter Daou, a longtime Clinton associate, found it surprising there were so many "positive and respectful" tweets under a hashtag about Hillary Clinton.
#IAmHillary Because I Sell Out My Country
#IAmHillary is trending. I'm NOT Hillary because I don't murder my associates, sell out my country, launder money, and laugh at war & death.— Joey Mannarino (@Realjmannarino) November 2, 2017
But some Twitter users used the hashtag to highlight what they felt to be Clinton's faults.
#IAmHillary Because I Am Fraudulent
Some Clinton critics used the hashtag to accuse the former 2016 presidential candidate of being a "criminal."
#IAmHillary Because I Fostered Division
Some Clinton critics accused the 2016 Democratic nominee of fostering division.
#IAmHillary Because I Can't Accept I Lost
Others used #IAmHillary to ponder why Clinton supporters had jumped on the trending hashtag to talk about their candidate when Clinton had lost the election nearly a year ago.
#IAmHillary Because I Interfered More Than Russia
The excerpt from Brazile's book caused some on Twitter to accuse Clinton of meddling in the 2016 election.
#IAmHillary Because I Take Money
I WOULD say #IAmHillary, except I'm not a globalist, Marxist, murderous, psychopathic, Statist, liar who takes $$$ from women-oppressors.— gab.ai-StandForTruth (@MoviesRWin) November 2, 2017
One Clinton critic accused the former Democratic candidate of being both a murderous, psychopathic liar who takes money from those who oppress women.
#IAmHillary Because I Silenced Victims
#IAmHillary and I think that all victims of sexual assault deserve to be heard. Unless it was my husband who did it. Those bimbos can STFU.— Prepper Frog (@TueborFrog) November 2, 2017
One Twitter user alleged Clinton had cherry-picked her support for victims of sexual assault and harassment.
But others wondered why the focus continued to remain on Clinton given her exit from politics and elected office.