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Op-ed: 7 reasons why Hillary Clinton lost the election

#5 Hillary’s reputation of being dishonest

Look, I do not know of any politician who has never lied. And if anyone knows of one, please point them out to me. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney lied about Iraq. Bill Clinton lied about having an affair with Monica Lewinsky. Obama lied about many things. Trump lied about many things. So this isn’t about bringing Hillary’s skeletons out of the closet. This is about making a point.

One of Hillary’s main obstacles during this election has been that she was facing an opponent who was new to the political arena. Just two years ago, most people had no idea how many children Donald Trump had, let alone what his political policies in Washington would be. She, on the other hand, has been around for decades, and has a long history of lies attached to her name, all of which came back to haunt her. So when people evaluate their lies and put them out on the table, you can then understand how easy it is for those who hate her to paint her as this bottomless pit of evil.

Take, for example, the time she lied about having landed in Bosnia under sniper fire as I’d like to draw a parallel point below. During the time the story broke out that she had lied, she justified it as having “misspoken”. Except, the thing is, it wasn’t just “one” time she relayed the story of having landed under sniper fire, but three times. Three times. How does a person misspeak 3 times?

Am I saying Trump never lied? No. I can publish you a list of a 50 things Trump has lied and flip-flopped about, but they wouldn’t matter because the point I’m trying to make isn’t about who lies more. It’s about when did those lies surface and I learned of them? Only recently. Only when he chose to run, otherwise pretty much everyone knew nothing about Trump.

The magnitude and depth of Trump’s lies still haven’t made their full imprints in the minds of the majority of Americans yet, because he hasn’t been around that long. Get it? Am I saying Hillary’s a nasty person? Not at all. Like I said, I do not know of any politician who hasn’t lied at some point. Whether she lied about the sniper fire, for example, to establish the image of a tough person in the eyes of those who worked with her, or to build up political reputation, or to advance an agenda, I do not know. Just as I do not know if Trump is truly going to build a wall and have Mexico pay for it, or he only said all that just to establish a tough image of himself that would appeal to his voters.

The point I’m trying to make is that Hillary, compared to Trump, is seen as someone who has a notorious history of pathologically lying and flip-flopping, whereas Trump, the opponent she was facing, is seen as this “new liar” trying to make his way onto the political arena, someone whom people barely know. Now considering the fact that most Americans do want change and are fed up with old politicians and want fresh blood, you can then understand how Hillary’s old lies overshadowed Trump’s and came back to bite her.

And that’s why it would have helped her tremendously had she been more transparent about certain things, spoken of them openly instead of dodging them entirely throughout the campaign.