Hillary Clinton's Victory Prize: Republican Fury


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Delegates hold up signs - including one that says "Lock Her Up!" - at the Republican National Convention in July, 2016.
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Hating Hillary Clinton has been a long-standing tradition in American politics, especially for the Republican Party. According to the Republicans, Hillary Clinton is a criminal and a murderer, she enabled her husband’s infidelities and stole White House furniture. And did you know that she is the anti-Christ?! If Donald Trump wins this presidential election, he vows to prosecute Secretary Clinton and “lock her up.” But what if Clinton wins? Don’t expect Washington to roll out the red carpet. A Clinton victory will most certainly bring four years of criminal investigations, partisan gridlock and even more Clinton conspiracy theories.

Hillary Clinton has been a polarizing figure since her husband’s 1992 presidential campaign. When she emerged, she was seen as abrasive, intense, and outspoken. Critics did not like how involved she was with her husband’s campaign. They did not like her remarks about women’s personal and career choices. They were uncomfortable with how she did not fit the mold of the traditional First Lady.

In addition to her initial image problem were the scandals of Bill Clinton’s presidency - Travelgate, Whitewater, Troopergate, Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones. Fast forward to Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State and you can add Benghazi, the Clinton Foundation and the private email server to the ever-growing list. Despite the list of controversies, the investigations into each have yielded very little. The House Select Committee on Benghazi for example spent 2 years and almost $7 million, but found no new accusations and provided no new evidence of wrong doing.

As much as Donald Trump has divided the Republican Party is how a Hillary Clinton victory would unite them. “Lock her up” has become the Republicans unofficial campaign slogan since the Republican National Convention this summer. Trump has capitalized on this. His speeches are rife with anti-Hillary rhetoric. He tweets about how dishonest and “crooked” she is. Trump supporters proudly wear t-shirts that say “Trump that Bitch” or “Hillary for Prison.” His rallies sometimes take a violent turn, with Trump supporters screaming to hang or shoot her.

If she wins, Republicans have vowed to continue their anti-Hillary crusade. Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Republican Jason Chaffetz, said, “Even before we get to Day One, we’ve got two years’ worth of material already lined up.” Dozens of House Republicans have demanded a special prosecutor to further investigate the Clinton Foundation.

They have also promised to block all of her Supreme Court nominations. Arizona Senator John McCain declared that Republicans "will be united against any Supreme Court nominee that Hillary Clinton, if she were president, would put up.” North Carolina Senator Richard Burr said, “If Hillary Clinton becomes president, I am going to do everything I can do to make sure four years from now, we still got an opening on the Supreme Court.” Other Republicans, such as Ted Cruz, have begun to develop theories to support having a Supreme Court with less than nine justices.

While WikiLeaks and the recent re-opening of her email investigation have whipped Republicans up into a frenzy, her supporters do not seem to really care. Her most loyal supporters have not been swayed by even the most recent revelations and allegations. But this does not matter to the Republicans because hating Hillary is a tale as old as time. They cannot help themselves from continuing to bash her at every turn.

For those who see a Hillary Clinton victory as a victory, think again. Nearly half of Republican voters say they will not accept Clinton as their president. Some have even gone as far to threaten violence and armed revolution if she were to win. An unruly electorate and a venomous Republican party will plague Hillary Clinton, and those who support her, if and when she wins on November 8. If you think this election could not get any uglier, think again.

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