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Hillary Clinton Supporters Just Got Their Hashtag Hijacked and It Is Hilarious


Hillary Clinton supporters started the hashtag #HillarySoQualified in support of their candidate on Wednesday night. In a hilarious turn of events, Bernie Sanders supporters hijacked the hashtag and made it a top national trend.

The initial slew of tweets from Clinton voters were echoing support of the former Secretary of State’s attack on Sanders, questioning his qualifications to be president. Sanders hit back, saying Clinton was not qualified to be president based on her support for the Iraq War as Senator, for pushing free trade agreements like the Panama trade pact as Secretary of State, and for her reliance on campaign contributions from the wealthy elite.

Clinton supporters started the hashtag shortly after Sanders’ retort began spreading on social media, and boasted of Clinton’s endorsements from establishment political figures and media, and of her foreign policy experience:

Journalist Kevin Gosztola predicted the hashtag would soon be dominated with tweets from Sanders supporters, thereby “redeeming” it:

Gosztola was proven correct. Close to midnight Eastern Time, the hashtag was suddenly flooded with tweets from Sanders supporters pointing out the darker parts of Hillary Clinton’s record as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State.

Twitter users mentioned Clinton’s role in dismantling the social safety net for working families in Arkansas, signing off on hundreds of billions worth of weapons sales to cruel dictatorships, her candid support of the Iraq War, her past remarks referring to black youth as “super-predators,” and her top-dollar speeches to Goldman Sachs:

Other Twitter users mocked Clinton for co-opting Sanders’ talking points and campaign platform as her own, and by bringing up parts of her own policy platform that resemble proposals popular with Republicans:

Twitter user @icaito pointed out that Hillary Clinton has been out-fundraised by Bernie Sanders for the 2016 campaign cycle, despite her soliciting money from Wall Street and corporate giants while Sanders depends entirely on small-dollar donations:

One particularly devastating tweet slamming Clinton’s U.S. Senate record came from @GRForSanders, who pointed out that between 2000 and 2008, then-Senator Clinton only sponsored 3 bills that became law, none of which were meaningful in any way. Another brutal tweet from @QuinnDaGhost compared Sanders’ and Clinton’s years of public service, busting the myth that Clinton was the more “experienced” candidate.

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders sponsored the Veterans Cost of Living Adjustment Compensation Act and passed it within four months amidst the deadlocked Congress of 2013, and he was named the “Amendment King” of Congress, a title vetted and confirmed by Politifact.

 

Zach Cartwright is an activist and author from Richmond, Virginia. He enjoys writing about politics, government, and the media. Send him an email: [email protected]



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