This should not be misconstrued as an endorsement of Hillary Clinton (I’ll be voting for Jill Stein, as I did in 2012). And there are many legitimate criticisms of Hillary and her record. But here are a few facts:
She was NOT fired from the Watergate committee (there are numerous fact checks on this that are easily searchable).
She was not directly responsible for Benghazi (or the 13 Benghazis that occurred during the Bush Administration that for whatever reason seem to be no big deal). There was more congressional investigation on Benghazi than on the Kennedy assassination or 9/11 and in the end they could find no wrongdoing on her part that directly caused the tragedy. Personally, I am critical of her for being the most forceful voice in the Obama Administration arguing for military action and regime change in Libya (against the advice of The Pentagon), which led to Libya becoming a failed state. But that’s not the argument the Benghazi crusaders are making.
Sexual escapades are not illegal. And there is no proof that Bill Clinton ever raped someone, or that Hillary covered it up.
We don’t know what Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch talked about, but what we do know is that it had no bearing on the FBI investigation (she’s the Attorney General, not the FBI director).
And she was cleared of any criminal charges in the email investigation. She was certainly misleading about the whole thing. Her actions may have been sloppy and inappropriate, but there was not enough evidence of criminal intent to charge her with any crimes.
Nor did she have murdered Vince Foster or any of the 27 other people the Clintons have been accused of murdering by the right-wing conspiracy crowd. There was nothing to Whitewater. No evidence was uncovered of wrongdoing in Travelgate or Filegate.
The Clinton Foundation discloses all of its donors (unlike, say, the George W. Bush Foundation). The independent watchdog group Charity Watch gave the foundation an A rating after an analysis which found that 89 percent of the foundation’s funding goes to charity (far exceeding the industry standard).
Now, here are some things for which you may legitimately criticize Hillary Clinton:
Her hawkish foreign policy.
Her neoliberal economic policies (similar to her husband’s, which were just Reagan-Lite).
Her cozy relationship with Wall Street, fossil fuel energy companies and drug companies.
Her tendency to blow with the political winds (in the 90s, she was proud of the conservative roots that shaped her as a Goldwater Girl, just last year she was running as a self-described moderate and in reaction to Bernie Sanders she became a firebrand progressive – sort of).
Being about as honest and trustworthy as your average politician.
But spewing Republican talking points and right-wing conspiracy nonsense simply detracts from the real issues.