Hillary Clinton? Hillary Count-Me-In.

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Alessia Boland, Chief Copy Editor

“The only card [Hillary Clinton] has is the woman’s card. She’s got nothing else to offer and frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card, and the beautiful thing is, women don’t like her.”

-Donald Trump

 

No.

 

Hillary Clinton is a strong woman. If I could vote, there is no way I wouldn’t vote for her.

 

Admittedly, I was a hardcore Bernie Sanders supporter. I have his shirt, his campaign poster, and his campaign pins on my ID, but that doesn’t mean I’m any less a Hillary supporter; liking him doesn’t mean hating her. She’s the most qualified presidential candidate in this election by far — and that’s including those who dropped out.

 

Senator of New York. Secretary of State. First Lady. Hillary has been all of these. She’s actually done things that have positively affected the United States in all aspects.

 

So let’s compartmentalize this.

 

Being Secretary of State means that you’re in charge of the State Department, working mostly with foreign relations. And what did Hillary do with that?

  • She traveled internationally more than any other Secretary of State in U.S. history.
  • She helped decide the fate of Osama bin Laden.
  • She oversaw major trade agreements, like the ones with Panama and South Korea.
  • She traveled to Afghanistan to attend the Kabul Conference to discuss their situation in 2010.

 

Domestically, she created the Violence Against Women office. She played a huge role in the creation of the Adoption and Safe Families Act and the Foster Care Independence Act. She created jobs in New York when they needed it most. That’s only a few; if I had to list all of her accomplishments, this would probably take an hour to read.

 

But really, look at these accomplishments as Secretary of State. Imagine what she could achieve as president.

 

A lot.

 

These accomplishments also prove that she’ll come through on her presidential proposals and plans. She’s already built a base. She’s worked with numerous people that have disabilities and has openly advocated for them. For example, Anastasia Somoza, a woman who was diagnosed with both cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia at a young age, said at the DNC that “she has invested in me. She believes in me.” And Hillary has. For 23 years, they stayed in touch.

 

And on that note, she also doesn’t focus solely on one aspect and run with that. At the DNC, Hillary had speakers from the Disability Counsel, the Faith Counsel, the Labor Counsel, the Veteran and Military Families Counsel, the Small Business Owners Counsel and the Ethnic Counsel. They all advocated for her. And it’s not just because of what she says she’s going to do. It’s about what she has already done.
So if we’re playing with the “woman card,” deal me in.