Hillary Clinton announces candidacy, scandals resurface

Surprise! Hillary Clinton finally announced yesterday that she would be running as a democratic candidate in the 2016 presidential election. This “breaking news” pins her up against Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, but perhaps her biggest political opponent is herself.

I can completely understand why feminists would like a woman in the White House. At my old job, I discovered that I was making $1.50 less than a male coworker who worked the same hours doing the same job. She’s a woman, so she might fight to give women like me equal opportunities… But if Clinton is our only option, I would much prefer a president with XY chromosomes.

As a graduate of Wellesley College and Yale Law School, Clinton is definitely a nerd, which makes it my job to reveal her indiscretions. Unfortunately, there isn’t quite enough space to name them all, so these top three will have to do:

1. The Clinton Foundation

Since 2001, the Clinton Foundation has became a major liability to the Clintons. A majority of the foundation’s funding comes from longtime backers; in some instances, foreign governments have donated hefty sums conveniently before Hillary Clinton had to take policy stances on that very government as secretary of state.

The spending of the foundation’s money has also stirred controversy. Ira Magaziner, a leader in the organization, spent thousands of dollars to send a team around the world to build up a climate-change proposal, but it fell flat.

Hillary Clinton is the fourth woman to run for president. photo credit: Clinton Rally 74 via photopin (license)

Hillary Clinton is the fourth woman to run for president.
photo credit: Clinton Rally 74 via photopin (license)

2. Benghazi

As U.S. secretary of state, Hillary Clinton’s reputation was marred by the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Claims of incompetence on the part of the Obama administration and Clinton’s State Department questioned their ability to protect the country’s interests abroad.

At first, the government insisted the attack was spontaneous. Once it became evident that it was the result of a coordinated terrorist action, pundits alleged a cover-up was in play. While these allegations remain unproven, Clinton ultimately took responsibility for the security failures in Benghazi.

3. Her private email account

Last month, it was discovered that Clinton created a private email account for official business during her tenure at the State Department. This use could violate federal requirements centered on the status of those emails as public records. While she hasn’t been charged with a crime, critics still argue her guilt.

As a federal employee, Clinton had the right to delete any emails she deemed “personal.” After receiving a State Department request for her emails last October, Clinton deleted 30,000 and handed over another 30,000 as public records. Then she wiped her personal server, permanently deleting those 30,000 emails she decided to keep off the public record.