Hillary 2020? Yes, it could still happen!

By Victoria Lavelle

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts as she takes the stage at a rally, Monday, June 6, 2016, in California. (Photo by Julio Cortez/AP)

The Trump administration has hit a new all-time low. As if the impeachment inquiry isn’t enough, President Donald Trump keeps digging himself into a deeper hole.

Meanwhile, on the opposite end of the political spectrum, former presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has just been cleared of wrongdoing in a recent email probe by the U.S. State Department.

The four-year investigation found that there was no deliberate mishandling of classified information by the former Secretary of State.

However, at his own admission, it’s becoming more apparent Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine in a desperate attempt to receive damaging material on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Moreover, Trump’s acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney essentially admitted that there was indeed a quid pro quo with Ukraine, a key issue to the impeachment inquiry.

The administration putting Trump’s political ambitions ahead of the nation’s interest is not okay. In fact, it’s an abuse of power by the office of the president and it’s cause for impeachment.

“We do that all the time,’ Mulvaney announced during a White House press conference on Oct. 17th. “Get over it!”

Just a few days ago, President Trump jokingly encouraged Clinton to enter the 2020 presidential race, and the former first lady clapped back with a fiery a response.

“I think that Crooked Hillary Clinton should enter the race to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren,” Trump said on Twitter. “Only one condition. The Crooked one must explain all of her high crimes and misdemeanors including how & why she deleted 33,000 Emails AFTER getting ‘C’ Subpoena!”

“Don’t tempt me.” Clinton tweeted in response. “Do your job.”

The twitter spat was likely fueled by a Rasmussen survey released that same day which found that Trump and Clinton would be dead even in a rematch of 2016.

Both received 45 percent of the vote, while the remaining potential voters were undecided.

Among fellow Democrats, 48 percent of voters considered a Clinton nomination as likely, with 17 percent of those who said it’s “very likely.

“Some have speculated that if Joe Biden falters in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, then Hillary Clinton will jump in,” Rasmussen said on the survey.

The hypothetical poll consisted of 1,000 likely U.S. voters and has an error margin of 3 percentage points, according to Rasmussen.

During several recent interviews, Clinton openly criticized Trump’s presidency and called him an “illegitimate president.”

There remains plenty more for Clinton to scrutinize too. Trump brazenly continues sowing fear and division throughout the country while further undermining the nation’s role as a world leader.

The president has abandoned allies by pulling U.S. troops out of Syria. He recently announced plans to host the G7 meeting at his posh golf resort in Florida before being persuaded to reverse his decision by Republican lawmakers, who are growing weary of defending several of Trump’s policies in recent weeks.

President’s administration continues stonewalling the impeachment inquiry. And last week Trump insulted the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, via Twitter.

Trump’s presidency continues heading downhill as his first term has been plagued with one scandal after another. When and where does the drama ever end?

Whatever your thoughts are about Clinton, there’s no denying that she would be more presidential than Trump. Her candidacy would shake up the Democratic primaries and it would eat away at Trump’s fragile ego.

In fact, according to responses on Twitter and several polls, there’s more excitement about Clinton than any other candidate currently in the Democratic lineup.

The bottom line, however, is that Trump really doesn’t want Clinton entering the presidential race because she would be a potential threat to his overblown, underfed ego, especially since she won 2.1 percent more of the national popular vote, something that Trump has always disputed.

After all, right now there is no one candidate better qualified to fix relationships with American allies and put authoritarian dictators on notice. Clinton is unmatched in experience and knowledge.

So much damage has been done under Trump’s corrupt and toxic presidency; someone with grit who knows how things work would not only be invaluable — but long overdue.

Contact Victoria Lavelle at communitarian@mail.dccc.edu

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