9 People Who Are Mad As Hell About Hillary's Announcement

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign is officially underway, but even before the release of her announcement video on Sunday afternoon, Clinton detractors had turned their opposition into a trending topic on Twitter. And, while social media trends aren't necessarily indicative of voting habits, #WhyImNotVotingForHillary attracted commenters from across the ideological spectrum.

A lot of the tweets were nasty, including the predictable attacks on Clinton's appearance, callbacks to her husband’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, and anti-government conspiracy theories. But, there were also a number of more substantial, policy-based criticisms. 

Here are the Twitterverse's biggest issues with HRC: 

1. Foreign Policy

Clinton’s time as Secretary of State means she has more hands-on experience in foreign policy than any of her potential Republican opponents — which also means more examples for detractors to criticize. First up: Benghazi, the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Libya that left four people dead. The conspiracy theories of a State Department cover-up around this tragedy are not the only source of frustration. Clinton voted to go to war in Iraq, and throughout her time in the Obama administration, she has supported military intervention in the Middle East.

2. Secrecy
While the hashtag did get flooded with insults and less-than-substantive critiques, the recent scandal over revelations that Clinton set up a private email server and conducted State Department business on it gave fodder to anyone with reservations about her Oval Office appeal.
3. Dynasty
With Jeb Bush reportedly preparing his own campaign launch, 2016 will look very much like 1992. And 2000. And Twitter does not like déjà vu.
Anti-Clinton street art spotted near her campaign offices in Brooklyn called out Clinton’s sense of entitlement, which caused her problems when she ran in 2008. She is the overwhelming favorite right now, but people weren’t excited by the campaign’s air of inevitability.

4. The Economy
While she has started to talk about income inequality and the struggles of working class people, Clinton is expected to raise more than $2 billion for her campaign, and her support of trade agreements and long, cozy relationship with Wall Street banks have many on the left anxious to see a more progressive candidate jump into the race.


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