2016: Clinton lacks appeal to working class America
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It’s been a rollercoaster last few months for White House hopeful Hillary Clinton. As the former first lady prepares for a presidential race of her own, she’s had to deal with a barrage of allegations that claim she used her position as Secretary of State to bring in funds for her family’s private foundation. Such allegations have left Clinton to seem selfish and disconnected form the American people. In an attempt to reconnect with targeted voters, Clinton announced her 2016 campaign in a way that was intended to put her on the same level as the average American.
The announcement came in the form of a video posted on Clinton’s website. The video begins with several people discussing their aspirations for the coming year: a woman prepares her garden for spring, a single mother makes plans to move so that her daughter can go to a better school, a stay-at-home mom prepares to return to work and a college student seeks her first real job. After several individuals are featured, Clinton enters the screen and announces her big next step: running for president.
The message Clinton sends is somewhat ironic considering recent events.
“Americans have fought their way back from tough economic times, but the deck is still stacked in favor of those at the top,” she said.
The Democratic Party has long been viewed as the voice for the working class while the GOP is made out to be all about big business. What the video doesn’t tell you, however, is that the Clinton Foundation has raised nearly $2 billion since its inception in 2001, with much of that coming from large corporations and even foreign governments hostile to women and other demographic groups.
If Clinton wants to relate to the working class, being indebted to the “top of the deck” that she referred to in the video probably won’t be in the best interest of the middle class.
It’s not uncommon for politicians to try to relate to voters when on the campaign trail. For instance, someone who hails from the South might seem to have a thicker drawl when speaking on his home turf, or in her case, a fake one. But for Clinton to try to place herself in the same socioeconomic status as her targeted voters is an insult to the intelligence of the American middle class.
It’s time for politicians to stop playing the “I’m just like you” card. Clinton has nothing in common with the subjects of her video. She doesn’t have to worry about putting food on the table, keeping a small business afloat or finding a safe neighborhood to live in. Clinton may try to act like she’s in touch with the working class, but she is at the top of the deck, holding down those to whom she’s trying to relate.