I support Hillary Clinton as much today as when I voted for her. In light of the latest round of Hillary attacks, I want to explain why I believe in her as much as I do.
I identify with Hillary.
Hillary is flawed but Hillary is a fighter. The fighter in me recognizes and respects the fighter in her.
I see in Hillary the resilience that keeps women alive around the world. In fact, I believe Hillary is offensive and threatening because she is the display and embodiment of the strength that quietly resides in every woman.
Hillary Clinton’s candidacy was evidence of the intelligence and independence that many men fear exists in the women around them.
Hillary exhibits on a public stage the same sheer will that enables women every day to survive sexual assault, sexual harassment, sex-based discrimination, domestic violence, social trivialization and professional marginalization. The facts may vary, but in many ways, the story is the same.
Hillary remains standing despite attacks on her character, her gender, her appearance, her motives, and her marriage.
Hillary remains steady despite the attacks on her performance not only as a politician, but as a wife and mother as well.
Although my background and life path differs from Hillary Clinton’s, I nonetheless identify with her when she is assailed by people who want her to suffer and be shamed for having the audacity to not only survive, but to fight for that survival.
Hillary Clinton is not perfect, but neither is anyone else.
Hillary’s detractors are now attacking her book and the related tour, saying that she should just shut up and get over having the presidency stolen from her.
That’s good advice actually for her detractors.
This is Hillary’s life and it is her story to tell.
Shut up and get over it.