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Ted Rall: This Is Why I’m #NeverHillary

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Ted Rall
Written by Ted Rall

Ted Rall isn’t a Donald Trump supporter, but there is no way he is ever going to vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton, he says. Here is why he is and will always be #NeverHillary, Trump be damned. [commentary]

aNewDomainted rall neverhillary donald trump — Hillary Clinton’s coronation at the Democratic national convention is looking more and more likely.

It isn’t a foregone conclusion, though. The superdelegates won’t vote until July, and neither she nor Bernie Sanders will arrive in Cleveland with the requisite number of pledged delegates to clinch the nomination, so there is still the possibility that the party bosses will internalize the polls that show she’s weaker than him against Trump and push the superdelegates to support the populist senator from Vermont.

That move would make a ton of sense. But sense is in short supply in American politics, especially this year.

Which is why I’m preparing for the worst: Hillary versus Trump.

Any way you look at it, it is one hell of a choice.

The more I delve into Donald Trump and his past (I’ve been researching the Trump biography I’m writing, which comes out in June), the more scared I get.

But there is still no way I’ll vote for Hillary.

I won’t vote for her even if she stops shaking down rich right-wing Republicans for donations. I won’t vote for her even if she adopts Bernie’s platform. I won’t vote for her even if she names Bernie her vice president.

I won’t even vote for her even if Bernie invites me to spend the summer with him and Jane in Vermont and begs me, too.

#NeverHillary. That’s me.

And I’m not alone: There are millions of us.

Many progressives have told me they are baffled by my stance. Trump is a threat to democracy, decency, peace and the economy. He acts and talks like a nut. Why not suck it up and vote for Hillary? She’s experienced, steady and presentable. Unlike Trump, she understands the issues. Plus: first woman president! That’s 225 years overdue!

Nope. Not voting for her. As I said, I am #NeverHillary and never means never.

Look, a vote is an endorsement. A vote tells a candidate: “I mostly agree with what you say and what you have done.”

I agree with nothing Hillary Rodham Clinton has done, ever.

Most egregiously, she voted to invade Iraq. At the time, everyone knew there were no WMDs. She knew. More than a million Iraqis are dead because of that war of choice, a war no one but especially no Democrat should have supported. I will not, cannot, betray those dead. Casting a vote for Hillary says: “I love that a million Iraqis got murdered.” Or, at minimum it says: “I’m cool with it.”

Well, I’m not.

For me, that’s enough. What Clinton did was monstrous. She should be in prison for life.

You need more? Really?

Okay, here’s more.

Running a close second behind Iraq as my reason I am #NeverHillary was Hillary’s vote to invade Afghanistan. This was another enormous mistake and resulted in an unjustified, illegal fiasco that left hundreds of thousands of innocents maimed or dead. Also, as secretary of state, she constantly encouraged Obama to arm and fund crazy Islamist insurgencies in Libya and Syria, reducing two modern countries to failed states.

Sorry, I can’t let that go.

Voting for a politician also sends another message: “I agree with what you promise to do.”

There is zero indication that Hillary wouldn’t continue her every-war-a-good-war philosophy were she to become president.

She’s a hawk.

Unlike even Trump, she has never questioned the usefulness, legality or ethics of use of force as America’s go-to approach to foreign policy.

And I refuse to throw good blood after bad.

I believe Hillary is sleazy — a cheater and a liar. I can’t forget how she willfully misrepresented her own take on the minimum wage: She wants $12/hour, but since Bernie’s $15/hour is more popular, she claimed she wanted $15/hour too, but it would be up to the states and cities. When pressed, she conceded she’d “like” $15/hour, but wouldn’t lift a finger to make it happen federally.

Incredibly, she still does this.

Then there’s her lie about the auto bailout. Fact checkers call her claim that Bernie voted against it untrue; he voted against bailouts for Wall Street, some of which was attached to aid for automobile companies.

Despite being called on this whopper, she still uses it on the campaign trail.

The primary fight against Bernie saw Hillary deploy tactics that went way beyond political hardball. Her allies in the Democratic National Committee schemed to deny Bernie media coverage or a decent debate schedule. They rigged the superdelegate process. They made sure votes and caucusgoers weren’t counted and that voter registrations in Bernie strongholds mysteriously disappeared. Can’t let that go.

I am highly sympathetic with the argument that we need, and that women and girls deserve, to see a woman in the White House. We do; they do. If Hillary Clinton were merely a flawed candidate, the woman thing would be enough for me.

But Hillary is not merely flawed. She is a monster and a dangerous one. She is a mass murderer. And she is a warmonger.

The fact that Hillary wears bright-colored Doctor Evil suits and has a silly laugh and twinkly eyes and seems kinda smart can’t change the fact she has never voted against a war, or apologized for voting for one, or promised not to start any new ones. Her resume can’t cover up for her record: We’re talking zero sponsorships or votes for a major anti-poverty proposal, and only one vote against a job-killing free trade agreement.

I don’t vote for monsters.

Let Hillary or Trump destroy the world without the endorsement that would be my vote.

(Ted Rall is the author of “Bernie,” a biography written with the cooperation of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. His next book, the graphic biography “Trump,” comes out July 19)

For aNewDomain and the new SkewedNews, I’m Ted Rall.

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Ted Rall

Ted Rall

Based in New York, Ted Rall is aNewDomain's chief commentator and a nationally syndicated editorial cartoonist. A Pulitzer nominee, Rall's latest book is the NYT bestselling book, Trump: A Graphic Biography.
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  • Mac McCarthy

    Agree. When will we vote for a non-interventionist?

    I’m not a Bernie supporter, either. Which is why I am voting Libertarian, across the board. Too bad Rand Paul isn’t the Republican candidate — he was the only one in the early Republican debates who opposed our warmongering.

  • Gina Smith

    A friend said something interesting tonight. He said that Hillary, back in 1968, would be a republican, with policies and positions virtually indistinguishable from Nixon’s. Then again, he said, he would vote for Nixon any time if it meant keeping Caligula out of office …

    The question Ted has answered for himself seems to be that nothing, even Caligula, is worth sacrificing your integrity and pacifist beliefs.

    Not all of us are that pure, and I’m not entirely sure that’s a bad thing.

    • Thinker398

      Which ticket is Caligula on?

    • Kathykellynj

      Not everyone has the luxury to be so pure either.

  • Gina Smith

    p.s. Dave Winer just posted a message to me on Facebook saying my sharing of this article was “clickbait.” What a strange election this is.

  • fermata

    I hope that Sanders supporters in reliably blue states either write-in Sanders or vote for Jill Stein. Those in OH, FL, PA, etc, have a harder choice to make. Why bother? Because it sends a message to the DNC that we aren’t all sheeple and that’s there’s a pot simmering in the populace that’s soon going to boil over.

    By the way, the Democratic convention is in Philadelphia, not Cleveland. That would be the Republicans.

  • Laurie Knowles

    Wow, I feel like I’v entered a fact-free zone. I suppose you also want to imprison all the other legislators who overwhelmingly voted to authorize the Iraq war? How are your efforts going to get Bush et al jailed? Your hatred of Hillary is palpable, but your explanations are pretty asinine.

    • TheDudeMan

      Oh well, check out my explanations then. Would you care to refute them? They’re facts on record.

    • mateo Sarno

      Punishment is an altogether different topic than culpability. The facts are that Hans Blix and his team dispelled the (whispered and rumored among insiders, as many books have since revealed) notion that Iraq did not have the WMD’s that were shortly later still used to justify the attack on Iraq. Many millions of protesters from around the world -including cities across America- knew what a farce it was. Why not YOU? Since first supporting the Contras in the 1970’s, HRC has consistently been on the side o war and regime change. That she considers Kissinger such a friend and fan of there foreign policy speaks volumes about her and her hawk blood.

    • Thinker398

      imprison? Might be tough to do but they certainly shouldn’t be re-elected and absolutely should never never never be allowed the responsibility of a higher office.
      A large number of people in the intelligence community at the time knew it was bogus, resignations before and after were enormous. A good number of us who had been in the intelligence community in the years prior to 911 who were no longer at the time knew the stink of a lie. ANY lawmaker who voted for that should have been removed from office by now and it’s a stain on our Democracy that not only are they still there abut are seeking to rise higher and damage even more.

  • scottmaceachern

    Then you’re an asshole. Plus, what kind of rebel writes an authorised biography of a politician?

  • TheDudeMan

    But don’t stop with the above. Let’s not forget the scandals and gross conflict of interests of the Clinton Foundation – especially when she was Secretary of State. Let’s not forget that she still hasn’t “released the transcripts” of her Goldman Sachs speeches, which one insider said would tank her campaign. She promised to do so. She lied. And there’s the FBI investigation and potential indictment. Let’s not forget the conflict of interest of having her 2008 campaign manager DWS running the DNC and “throwing shade” on Bernie Sanders the entire campaign. Or that the Clinton’s brought us NAFTA and GATT and that Hillary has been pro-TPP (oh, wait, did she flip flop on that? We’ll see what actually happens if she is elected). Let’s not forget that she only very recently came around for supporting gay marriage, after she was on the record for years not supporting it, but now she can’t really get away with that anymore. And she’s pro fracking. And cozy with Monsanto. And is fine with the NSA spying on us. And opposed closing Gitmo. And opposed reinstating Glass-Steagall. I mean, kind of looks like Richard Nixon to me. Bernie or bust.

  • Kathykellynj

    Oh my god would you STFU…you sound hysterical and frankly so full of shit. I guess you have never voted before in your life. ‘I don’t vote for monsters’ – good for you..holy shit.

  • Guest54321

    Agree on all, except – if Bernie invited me to spend the summer with him and Jane, I probably would cave. Be, Bernie and Jane, all summer, to visit with and talk to??

  • Guest54321

    What about still going around saying he is going to dismantle ACA BEFORE he gets single payer in place? That’s shabby as all shabby.

  • Thegodssayhey

    Yes, Bernie is the great American hero…even though he voted against gay marriage in 2006 and only voted against DOMA based on States rights rights…wanted to make sure us queers knew that at the time. Not exact gay friendly was he until 2009…spin that however you want to. He made it clear he was never going to be part of the gay agenda, start rewriting history on how he’s always been here for us queers. Pfffft. I have him on camera saying he never thought he’d be interested in our agenda repeatedly over the years. (The is not a comparison. ALL politicians lie, people just forget Bernie IS a politician.)

    It is going to come down to Hillary vs. Trump. It’s called math. Maybe you can live in la-la land, but I’m looking at SCOTUS seats. I’ve seen Trumps picks. Guess what Trumps is a fascist. Hillary is not. You hate her, I get it. IDC, because your newly found rights won’t be taken away with a change in SCOTUS, mine will as a homosexual, much less what the right wing will do to me as a woman.

    Hillary will pick different justices. So sure from your perch, feel safe to condemn her and foreign policy and blah, blah, blah. The two governments under Trump and Hillary will be very different. Clinton or Kim Jong Il/Juan Peron running our country will be a tad bit different.

    If you were a married lesbian with new found rights and the GOP on a rampage trying to take away women’s rights, you might be a bit more scared about the pragmatic choice that lay before us on SCOTUS seats alone. Bernie or bust all you want.

    I’ll be hitching a ride with Hillary who is at least socially not going to take my rights away. Trump…gone.

    BTW, can you make it a little harder to leave a comment on your posts? Impressive.

    • Guest

      “Guess what Trumps is a fascist. Hillary is not.”

      You may want to re-think this point. Trump sounds like a fascist. Hillary, by how she’s voted, the benefactors she’s courted, and the countries she’s attacked, has practiced at least like a fascist-lite.

      And don’t be so sure about Supreme Court picks being progressive under a Democratic president. The Senate confirms SCOTUS nominations. Would you agree that Thomas and (before he died) Scalia are the two most regressive justices in the current SCOTUS? If yes, then please recall who controlled the Senate when Thomas was confirmed with a 52-48 vote.

      In Scalia’s case, even though Republicans controlled the Senate at the time, guess what the vote was to confirm him. Ninety-eight to nothing! That is, every Democratic Senator voted yea. The two abstentions were from Republicans, one of whom was Goldwater (Clinton’s heartthrob from the 1960s).

      You’d think the Dems could have all cast a symbolic vote to deny Scalia even though it wouldn’t have stopped his confirmation.

      For added emphasis, Kennedy, the third conservative SCOTUS justice, whom we don’t hear about much, was confirmed by a Dem-controlled Senate by a 97-0 vote.

      So, you see, the Dems have been very complicit in ensuring a conservative SCOTUS. The Repubs couldn’t have asked for more.

      In a Clinton administration, Republicans may retain control of the Senate. Look for them to be less accommodating to a Dem president than their Dem colleagues were to a Repub president.

      “The two governments under Trump and Hillary will be very different.”

      Maybe only on the surface. Either way, unless you’re in the one percent, you’re screwed.

      Even though I don’t want to see it, I think Trump as president may actually get the Dems in Congress to act more like an opposition party than like a bunch of doormats. If they manage to wrest control of the Senate away from the Repubs, they’d be in a position to block Trump’s SCOTUS nominations.

      Whether or not they’d actually do it is another question.