An Open Letter To Hillary Clinton

Dear Secretary Clinton,

I have to be honest, the last Democratic Primary I voted for Bernie Sanders. I struggled with the headlines accusing you of being a liar and a criminal. On top of that, Bernie Sanders’ platform was one that I could believe in. But know that I really wanted to pick you. You’ve fought for this for such a long time.

The Primary Election before I voted for Barack Obama. There has never been a President that has inspired me the way he has and continues to do.

I do have to apologize for listening to the blatant lies that have been spread about you by your opponents. During your long political career they have come at you out of fear. No matter what they throw at you, nothing has sticks. Surely someone who has lied and so savagely broken the law the way you have been accused of would have been caught by now; Especially with as many “investigations” into you (witch hunts).

I am proud that you will most likely be the first female president. While I don’t agree with some of your views or past decisions, I know that you are the best woman for the job.

Your tenacity and grace under fire is inspiring. They mock your voice and call you Shrillary- something that would NEVER be used to describe a male candidate. Men are supposed to be loud and boastful when in a position of power; women are meant to be quiet, seen and not heard.

Your clothing is mocked, your looks are turned into jokes. The pure sexism that has been thrown your way is disgusting, yet you persevere. You don’t let them see you blink or cry. Heaven forbid a woman in power ever cry. It’s seen as weakness when really being comfortable enough to show true emotion and still power through is one of the strongest things a person can do.

Your age and health are being attacked. You opponents will do ANYTHING to take you down. They will say anything to beat you, even if it is a bold face lie. I understand why you didn’t announce you had pneumonia. You’re not battling a disease like Cancer. 10 days of an antibiotic and you’ll most likely be good as new. Why should you have to share that? Does the President announce every sinus infection? Unfortunately you are held to a different standard.

While Woodrow Wilson suffered a near life ending stroke in office. Dwight D. Eisenhower had a heart attack and a stroke while President. What about FDR? Polio was only one of the illnesses he served with. In fact he was allowed to be elected 4 times and died early on in his 4th term. Ronald Regan was never quite the same after his near assassination, yet we didn’t bat an eye. Yet you have a very treatable sickness and there are articles declaring the DNC are ready to replace you.

The double standard isn’t fair, but as we all know life isn’t fair. I’m proud of you for not actually using that “Woman Card” Mr. Trump claims you do.

Also, kudos for never vomiting on anyone while in office.

I have some advice, and while I’m really not qualified to do so, I share it with you anyway.

1. Be 110% transparent. Even on the things you shouldn’t have to be. Give them no ammunition.

2. Take time for yourself. Yes, you are running for president but you still have to take care of yourself. Your grueling schedule is likely what led to you getting sick. Even if you take an hour a day, do something just for you.

3. Be more open. Share more emotion. I know that you would be criticized but what they claim as your weakness is your biggest strength. Compassion, empathy, thoughtfulness, etc. are traits that make a good leader. As a woman, you have a different perspective as your male counterparts- use that. Be brilliant. Show my daughter that she can truly be anything she wants as long as she works for it.

4. I keep thinking of what Ron Weasly told Harry- “Don’t let the Muggles get you down”. Don’t allow the hateful rhetoric thrown at you affect you or your campaign. Be confident in who you are and know the insults come from fear.

5. Finally- don’t stoop to their level. Don’t attack Trump and his followers the way they do to you. Rise above. Focus on your campaign and platform. Keep fighting for equality and for the middle class. Keep showing us why you’re a better choice than them without mud slinging.

I wish you luck in the last 2 months of your campaign. Be well. I look forward to saying Madame President.

Sincerely,

Marianne Hagadorn

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Writer and working in Sales and Marketing. Wife, mother of 2 sets of twins. Diagnosed with PCOS & Fibromyalgia. Eating Disorder Recovery, Self Love enthusiast who participates in the Body Positive movement and obsessed with Plus Size fashion. News/Politics Junkie that also loves cooking. Addicted to Books, TV shows and Pinterest.

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Writer and working in Sales and Marketing. Wife, mother of 2 sets of twins. Diagnosed with PCOS & Fibromyalgia. Eating Disorder Recovery, Self Love enthusiast who participates in the Body Positive movement and obsessed with Plus Size fashion. News/Politics Junkie that also loves cooking. Addicted to Books, TV shows and Pinterest.

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