Hillary Clinton has been dominating the Democratic Presidential polls since she entered the race last April. It may be because there are no viable contenders that have entered yet – sorry, Bernie – or that, overall, she is a likable candidate. However, since holding public office, regardless of whether it is in Arkansas or Washington DC, she has simply abused her power and, in some instances, lied to the public.
The most recent and obvious instance that comes to mind is her email scandal. Last March, the New York Times exposed Clinton for using a personal email server to conduct government business. Although she claimed that “there is no classified material” on the emails, later investigations of the emails found that she failed to tell the truth and put that information at risk of being hacked by foreign governments.
In addition to hiding the sensitivity of the information that she was emailing about, Clinton and her team have also frustrated many FBI investigators by taking it upon themselves to determine which emails the FBI should and shouldn’t see.
According to Slate Magazine, “Clinton turned over 30,490 messages to the agency that she and her team deemed to be possibly work-related. Clinton and her staff, though, say they also destroyed 31,830 messages that they decided were personal. The private server was then subsequently wiped clean.”
However, not all of them might have been personal as opposed to work emails. According to Slate, the State Department found corresponding emails between Clinton and an aide, Sidney Blumenthal, that she did not turn over.
Clinton attempted to defend herself by saying that it was “for convenience, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two.” However, judging from her actions throughout the investigation and through her tenure as secretary of state, it seems that she is hiding something much larger than using a personal email for convenience.
Such actions are unacceptable for a President. As the Commander in Chief, national security is of the utmost importance, and having any information that could be read by anyone that could hack into it endangers the entire country.
At the same time, as the nation’s leader, it is the President’s responsibility to be as transparent as possible to all American citizens. Clinton has not been transparent, and has even gone so far as to lie. Such actions are not suitable for the next President of the United States.