After Hillary Clinton’s upset loss in the Indiana primary, the hashtag #DropOutHillary has been trending all day on Twitter, garnering over 200,000 tweets.
Hillary Clinton is getting blasted on all sides from Twitter users, and many of the top tweets on the #DropOutHillary hashtag are coming from women and people of color — two demographics that traditionally vote for the former Secretary of State over Bernie Sanders.
The @NCForBernie Twitter account alluded to Clinton’s ties to corrupt politicians, like former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a former superdelegate supporting Clinton, getting a 12-year prison sentence for corruption, money laundering, and extortion. Dr. Victoria Dooley’s opposition to Clinton stems from her desire to provide affordable healthcare to patients, while Clinton has established herself as an opponent of Bernie Sanders’ call for universal healthcare coverage. Twitter user @JuddCM expressed disgust with Clinton’s self-proclaimed admiration for Henry Kissinger, who has been widely accused of committing war crimes during his tenure as Secretary of State.
— NC For Bernie (@NCForBernie) May 4, 2016
— Dr. Victoria Dooley (@DrDooleyMD) May 4, 2016
#DropOutHillary because we don’t need a president who is a Goldwater disciple and takes advice from a war criminal like Kissinger.
— Judd! (@JuddCM) May 4, 2016
@DarianPezik tweeted her criticism of Hillary Clinton on the #DropOutHillary hashtag, comparing the Democratic front-runner to Richard Nixon, who eventually had to resign the presidency due to the Watergate scandal. The former president deleted roughly eight minutes of audio outlining his role in the scandal, whereas Clinton deleted over 30,000 emails from the private server she kept in her home while serving as Secretary of State. @CrispinGram also compared Clinton to Nixon in a tweet, saying she didn’t want the first female president to be remembered as a “crook.”
— Darian Pezik (@DarianPezik) May 4, 2016
#DropOutHillary from a woman, to a woman, because I don’t want the first woman president to be a bigger crook than Nixon!
— Crispin Gram (@CrispinGram) May 4, 2016
Others participating in the hashtag brutally called out Clinton’s inconsistencies. Sanders supporter @WindyDane took a screenshot of all the times the former First Lady and New York senator claimed she “misspoke,” suggesting Mrs. Clinton could never make up her mind on where she stood on important issues. Twitter user @jujubee_84 pointed out how Clinton has consistently failed to capture the support of Democratic voters aged 45 and under. @Chola_mania ripped Clinton for using Islamophobic imagery in her campaign against Barack Obama in 2008.
— Windy Dane (@WindyDane) May 4, 2016
Because she has lost the future of the party. Democrats under 45 agree: No more Third Way Dems. #DropOutHillary
— Julia Gumm (@jujubee_84) May 4, 2016
Because you used Islamophobia during your campaign in 2008. #DropOutHillary
— ram sawndruh (@chola_mania) May 4, 2016
Black Lives Matter and pro-Palestine activist @antoniodelotero brought up Clinton’s successful defense of a child rapist in 1975. When Clinton was 27, she took on the case of a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl — to her credit, Clinton asked to be removed from the case, but was not.
After the accused rapist, who was facing 30 years to life in prison for the crime, had his sentenced reduced to just one year in county jail and four years of probation, Clinton was recorded laughing about how she exploited legal loopholes to reduce his penalty, even though she knew he was guilty.
#DropOutHillary because you called a 12yr old rape victim “emotionally unstable w/ the tendency to seek out older men and engage with them.”
— antonio (@antoniodelotero) May 4, 2016
Predictably, the hashtag attracted the fury of Blue Nation Review CEO Peter Daou, who accused the hashtag’s participants of sexism. Daou was quickly smacked down by women who pointed out that revealing facts about Clinton’s history isn’t sexism.
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) May 4, 2016
To HRC supporters: Presenting facts isn’t “sexism” just like voting for someone just because she’s a woman isn’t “feminism.” #DropOutHillary
— Clarissa Markiewicz (@ClarissaJeanneM) May 4, 2016
No one is saying #DropOutHillary because she’s a woman. It’s being said because she’s unethical. That has nothing to do with her gender.
— Mirabai (@Mirabai305) May 4, 2016
#DropOutHillary bc the “woman card” is not condoning rigged elections & accepting millions in $ 4 speeches u wont give the public access to
— tyi culver (@Tyirannosaurus) May 4, 2016
Clinton faces an uphill battle in the Guam caucus and West Virginia primary, which are being held this coming Saturday and Tuesday, respectively. Sanders traditionally performs better in caucuses, and he is currently polling eight points ahead of Clinton in the West Virginia primary.