Image: Hillary Clinton with President Obama / Nathan Forget / Wikimedia Commons
For the first time ever, a woman is the presumptive nominee of a major party in the United States. That woman just happens to be Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady and perhaps, as President Obama said in his ringing endorsement of her, the most qualified person ever to seek the office of President of the United States.
History has been made. Which is all well and good, unless you are a woman professing your support of Hillary Clinton on the internet. History has been made, but you will still be harangued, chided, mansplained and, according to one memorable twitter user, have your “wokeness” voided for supporting the first woman ever to have a real shot at becoming the President of the United States.
I get it. Hillary Clinton represents a dynasty. She’s hardly the breath of fresh air that President Obama was in 2008. She’s been in the public eye for a very long time, she’s made powerful friends and enemies, good and bad decisions – she’s lived her life in column inches and news segments as one of the most famous women in the world.
She is also one of the smartest, toughest and most accomplished politicians of our time. A woman that millions of voters, many of them black Americans, have loyally supported for years.
Those voters will all have their own reasons for supporting Clinton, and none of those reasons are invalid. That’s the thing about democracy; people are allowed to support whoever they want to support for whatever reason. And when bruised Bernie Sanders supporters attack Clinton voters, they underestimate the depth of feeling that those voters have for their candidate. They attempt to discredit the honestly held belief those voters have that Clinton will make the best President come November.
It’s understandable – their candidate has just lost a thrilling race – but it’s also condescending and rude. The Sanders crowd doesn’t have to agree with the Clinton crowd, but attacking Clinton supporters and arguing for some kind of ideological superiority when the fight is over is futile. It’s time to move on.
That’s the other thing about democracy; somebody wins and somebody loses. Clinton has now experienced both outcomes. She’s fallen short, picked herself up, dusted herself off and stepped back into the arena, this time to emerge victorious. She has provided both a realistic and revolutionary example for little girls everywhere: it won’t be easy, and you will be knocked down, but it is possible. You can do it.
So to all of those women out there who support Hillary Clinton, we are allowed to be proud. We are allowed to celebrate. Here’s hoping, for the sake of the entire planet, that November 2016 will be the first time a woman is elected to the office of President of the United States.
And to all those who will inevitably attack me for writing this, who somehow misguidedly believe that I care what they think of my choice to support Hillary, let me dispel that notion once and for all. I don’t have to justify my elation. I won’t apologise for it, or minimise it, or reconsider.
I’m with her.