Category: Republicans

The Republican Party Is Freely Choosing Fascism | Crooks and Liars

The Republican Party Is Freely Choosing Fascism

These partisan, sustained attacks on democracy have nothing to do with Trump’s day-to-day involvement in the GOP. He simply arrived five years ago and tapped into the party’s obvious authoritarian leanings and gave it political permission to pursue an agenda built around throwing out millions of legitimate votes each election cycle. As longtime conservative commentator Charlie Sykes recounted last week that following Trump’s 2016 win and what it unleashed, he and fellow pundit George Will “had to admit that we obviously didn’t understand what the conservative movement was about, that all the intellectual cover of the right had been this tiny, thin layer on top of this molten something or other that turned out to be pretty ugly.” The media need to stop pretending Trump is steering the Republicans’ eager descent into madness. The press needs to acknowledge, in its straight news coverage, that the GOP is no longer a mainstream player and is quickly evolving into something very different and unparalleled. And that Republicans are making these un-American moves freely and of their own accord.

Source: The Republican Party Is Freely Choosing Fascism | Crooks and Liars

Republicans Are Passing Laws to Keep Teachers From Talking About Race – Mother Jones

The absurdity of the Republican Party’s culture wars has reached new heights. A slew of GOP-led state legislatures are enacting new laws that ban teaching “critical race theory” an academic framework that has become the latest conservative boogeyman. Do you want to learn about racism, discrimination and privilege? Well, Republicans are trying to make it really hard to do so with a slew of bills designed to muzzle educators. In Texas, House Bill 3979 would limit how teachers talk about current events and historic racism in their classrooms. It also bans schools from teaching the 1619 Project, a New York Times endeavor which investigates US history starting with the year the first slaves were brought to what would become the United States. After some political maneuvering, the controversial bill appears to be headed to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

Source: Republicans Are Passing Laws to Keep Teachers From Talking About Race – Mother Jones

Republicans’ blocking of the Capitol commission shows how deep the rot is | US Capitol breach | The Guardian

Mitch McConnell and Joni Ernst in Washington. McConnell, who previously condemned Trump’s role in the riot, reportedly asked senators to nix the commission as a ‘personal favour’.

Analysis: one of America’s two major parties now falls outside the democratic mainstream but are Democrats taking the existential threat seriously?

Source: Republicans’ blocking of the Capitol commission shows how deep the rot is | US Capitol breach | The Guardian

They’re Not Conservatives, They’re Extremists

There are several efforts ongoing to wean the Republican Party of its addiction to Trump. Perhaps a more important first step would be to reclaim the term “conservative” so that it applies in the United States to the same system of values that inspires conservative parties in Europe. Only then will the Republican Party have a chance of becoming once again a defender of the status quo rather than its chief wrecking ball.

Source: They’re Not Conservatives, They’re Extremists

Mitch McConnell Now Proclaims He’ll Obstruct January 6 Commission | Crooks and Liars

Mitch McConnell Now Proclaims He'll Obstruct January 6 Commission

On Tuesday, McConnell said he was open to the idea of supporting the commission. However, in a blink of an eye on Wednesday, McConnell clearly stated his opposition to it and claimed he will obstruct any attempts.

Source: Mitch McConnell Now Proclaims He’ll Obstruct January 6 Commission | Crooks and Liars

GOP Rep Barricaded Chamber Doors From Rioters He Called ‘Normal Tourists’ | Crooks and Liars

GOP Rep Barricaded Chamber Doors From Rioters He Called 'Normal Tourists'

Andrew Clyde said calling the January 6th riot an insurrection was a “bald-faced lie” and that it looked more like a “normal tourist visit.” It would seem that Andrew Clyde knows a thing or two about making bald-faced lies.

Source: GOP Rep Barricaded Chamber Doors From Rioters He Called ‘Normal Tourists’ | Crooks and Liars

Matt Gaetz Buddy Joel Greenberg Pleads Guilty, Will Cooperate With Feds | HuffPost

Joel Greenberg, a close associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), pleaded guilty to a slew of federal crimes on Friday, including sex trafficking of a child. He agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in ongoing investigations that could very well ensnare Gaetz.

Source: Matt Gaetz Buddy Joel Greenberg Pleads Guilty, Will Cooperate With Feds | HuffPost

Yes, Mitch McConnell, Republicans Are Trying to Restrict Voting – Rolling Stone

Yes, Mitch McConnell, Republicans Are Trying to Restrict Voting

“Nobody’s votes are being suppressed anywhere across America, in any of the states,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said this week of the Democrats’ H.R. 1 For the People Act to ensure voting rights, but leaked footage obtained by Mother Jones reveals the opposite is true.

Source: Yes, Mitch McConnell, Republicans Are Trying to Restrict Voting – Rolling Stone

Canceling the anti-insurrectionists in the GOP proves Republicans never cared about “free speech” | Salon.com

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Despite all the preening about “free speech” on the right, the truth is complaints about “cancel culture” have always been code for “conservatives can say whatever terrible things they want, and liberals can shut up about it.” And while play-acting as the victims of censorship because liberals mock or criticize them, Republicans have been busy actually silencing free speech: from demanding that athletes be fired for kneeling during the national anthem to, memorably, Donald Trump ordering the tear-gassing of peaceful protesters in Lafayette Park. While conservatives whine about oppression because people call them “racist” on Twitter, they are actually using complaints about “wokeness” as an excuse for the literal government censorship of discourse that acknowledges the reality of racism, as Michelle Goldberg of the New York Times chronicled. That’s conservatism, of course: Always projecting their own sins onto their liberal opponents.

Source: Canceling the anti-insurrectionists in the GOP proves Republicans never cared about “free speech” | Salon.com

The Charlottesville Model: Trump’s “Fine People” Praise of White Nationalists Is Now GOP Mainstream | The Smirking Chimp

The big takeaway that Republican leaders and conservative pundits clearly got from the Trump era was that the Republican base wants their racism delivered piping hot and with the minimal amount of subtlety. It’s a situation that is likely to get much worse before it gets better.

Source: The Charlottesville Model: Trump’s “Fine People” Praise of White Nationalists Is Now GOP Mainstream | The Smirking Chimp

Anti-Trump Republican group begins grading GOP members: Kevin McCarthy gets an F | Salon.com

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“The Republican Accountability Project has created what it’s calling a ‘GOP Democracy Report Card,’ which assigns grades to Republican members of Congress ranging from an ‘A,’ which the group describes as excellent, to an ‘F,’ which it describes as very poor,”

Source: Anti-Trump Republican group begins grading GOP members: Kevin McCarthy gets an F | Salon.com

Republicans, Saying the Quiet Part Loud, Discuss Plans for “Anglo-Saxon” Traditions Caucus – Mother Jones

Anti-Trump lawmakers were quick to denounce the new caucus. But House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy didn’t exactly come out swinging. Rather than critique the group directly, he vaguely denounced the idea of white nationalism as a GOP value. “America is built on the idea that we are all created equal and success is earned through honest, hard work. It isn’t built on identity, race, or religion,” McCarthy tweeted. “The Republican Party is the party of Lincoln & the party of more opportunity for all Americans—not nativist dog whistles.” But is that true if the new America First Caucus is tolerated?

Source: Republicans, Saying the Quiet Part Loud, Discuss Plans for “Anglo-Saxon” Traditions Caucus – Mother Jones

McConnell Has No Trouble With Corporate Speech—as Long as It Takes the Form of Bribery

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The corporate interests that objected to Georgia’s assault on voting rights had, of course, read the bill. They had also read the political tea leaves. They knew that it made sense to join with civil rights campaigners, democracy defenders, and everyone else who has recognized the Republican legislation as a “new Jim Crow” assault on the franchise that seeks to make it harder for people of color to cast ballots.

As is so often the case with McConnell, it was necessary this week to read around the doublespeak in order to get to his actual point: The minority leader has a problem with CEOs who openly and publicly object to the enactment of noxious legislation in Georgia.

Source: McConnell Has No Trouble With Corporate Speech—as Long as It Takes the Form of Bribery

Georgia Governor Suggests Voters Waiting In Long Lines Order Uber Eats | HuffPost

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks at a podium in front of a projected American flag.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp said Tuesday voters waiting in line in Georgia could order food from Grubhub or UberEats after a new state law criminalized offers of free food and water near polling stations.

“They can order a pizza,” Kemp said on the conservative cable news network Newsmax. “They can order Grubhub or UberEats, right?”

Source: Georgia Governor Suggests Voters Waiting In Long Lines Order Uber Eats | HuffPost

As Republicans Fume, Georgia Dems Have Mixed Reactions to MLB’s All-Star Game Relocation | Common Dreams News

Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, a former Georgia gubernatorial candidate, both expressed support for Major League Baseball's decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta due to Georgia's new voter restriction law. (Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc. via Getty Images)

Citizens United Party the GOP now wish they can have it removed. All self-interest forget about their princples. They so wish they were the Chinese Communist Party and could rid America of Democracy

“Businesses and organizations have great power in their voices and ability to push for change, and I respect the decision of the players to speak out against this unjust law,” said Sen. Raphael Warnock.

Source: As Republicans Fume, Georgia Dems Have Mixed Reactions to MLB’s All-Star Game Relocation | Common Dreams News

Matt Gaetz’ Carlson Interview Leaves Resignation As His Only Option

Just hours after news broke that Matt Gaetz is under investigation for federal child trafficking , he decided it would be a super great idea to go on Tucker Carlson to read a carefully worded script kind of denying the charges, but also bringing up more allegations that were not even public yet.

Matt Gaetz’ Carlson Interview Leaves Resignation As His Only Option

Matt Gaetz went on Tucker Carlson just hours after news broke of a DOJ investigation into federal child trafficking charges and let’s just say it did not go well.

Republicans openly embrace their racism in Trump’s absence | Salon.com

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There is, of course, no evidence of voters cheating in Georgia elections, or that the new law — which imposes onerous restrictions on voting, makes it easier to challenge the eligibility of voters, and opens the door to GOP takeovers of election boards — in any way addresses fraud. The law does ban handing out water to people waiting in line to vote, however. Of course, that’s not about preventing cheating but making sure voters are physically unable to handle the long lines in certain neighborhoods that were created by previous assaults on voting access. “Cheating” — like “fraud” — is one of those Trumpian code words to smear Black voters and imply there’s something inherently illegitimate about people of color having the franchise.

Republicans openly embrace their racism in Trump’s absence | Salon.com

Post-Trump, the GOP Continues to be the Party of (White) Grievance – Mother Jones

The Republican Party is not a party of ideas or policies. It is a party of grievance—including phony grievance—that is animated by the organizing principle of tribal resentment. It is hard to compromise with that, and it is tough to achieve unity with those who embrace such a stand. GOP leaders now see their future as tied to the exploitation of unfounded angst, the fanning of false narratives, and the suppression of democracy. The party resides within a dark, nonsensical, racist framework—and there is no sign this is a framework its leaders or its voters wish to cancel.

Post-Trump, the GOP Continues to be the Party of (White) Grievance – Mother Jones

Ted Cruz To Republicans: Do Not Compromise On Harsher Voting Restrictions | HuffPost

It’s as if Cruz Senator for Can Cun and Trump haven’t shrunk the Republican Party and widened the vote enough, 7 million votes enough. Now they’re going all out for even more

Democrats are trying to expand voting rights to “illegal aliens” and “child molesters,” he claimed, and Republicans must do all they can to stop them. If they push through far-reaching election legislation now before the Senate, the GOP won’t win elections again for generations, he said. Asked if there was room to compromise, Cruz was blunt: “No.”

Ted Cruz To Republicans: Do Not Compromise On Harsher Voting Restrictions | HuffPost

Republicans Are Trying to Kill What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act – Mother Jones

In 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion gutting Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required that states with a long history of discrimination had to approve their voting changes with the federal government. That ruling led to a wave of new voter suppression laws in states including Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas.

Republicans Are Trying to Kill What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act – Mother Jones

Voter Suppression Is The Only Policy Agenda Left for a White Christian Identity Party | Washington Monthly

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It will continue to be the number one GOP priority, regardless of how long Trump holds sway over the party.

Voter Suppression Is The Only Policy Agenda Left for a White Christian Identity Party | Washington Monthly

Ted Cruz Slammed After Photos Show Him Flying To Cancun As Texans Freeze | HuffPost Australia

Excuses: His KIDS. He saved electricity

SNAKE ON A PLANE: TED IN FIRESTORM OVER CANCUN CAPER — BLAMES HIS KIDS!

While Texans struggle to keep warm amid power outages caused by historic winter weather, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) was spotted Wednesday boarding a plane for Cancun with members of his family.

Ted Cruz Slammed After Photos Show Him Flying To Cancun As Texans Freeze | HuffPost Australia

Republicans have betrayed American democracy – and boosted the world’s dictators | Donald Trump | The Guardian

President Donald Trump at a rally in Washington prior to the storming of the Capitol in January.

This is not even about Donald Trump any more. It’s about a Republican party that has lost its way, forgotten its core values, and kicked American democracy in the guts.It’s about justice, common sense, and honour, and how they were trampled deep into the churned-up ground of Capitol Hill by a mob of liars and dissemblers who call themselves GOP senators.

Republicans have betrayed American democracy – and boosted the world’s dictators | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Who were the Republican Senators afraid of when they Acquitted their own attempted murderer?

The odious Trump once smugly observed that “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” When it comes to the Republican base, he was clearly correct. The opinion polling shows that registered Republicans still overwhelmingly support Trump even after he unleashed a mob on the Capitol in a way that resulted in the murder of policeman Brian Sicknick. What Trump did not imply, and what no one could have foreseen, was that even the man he shot would continue to vote for him. The 43 Republican senators who voted to acquit Trump were in mortal danger of their lives on January 6, and had they been evacuated only a few moments later than they were, some of them would likely have been taken hostage. We know that behind the scenes the Republican senators are furious at the former president for so endangering them, and that they talk dirty about him among themselves. And yet. And yet.

Who were the Republican Senators afraid of when they Acquitted their own attempted murderer?

Desperately seeking honorable Republicans: Media’s snipe hunt comes up empty again | Salon.com

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But instead of looking for a man wearing a hat and glasses among a sea of other images, the media has desperately tried to find “good,” “decent,” “reasonable” and “responsible” Republicans who will “save” their party from Donald Trump. Such a quest will prove fruitless, as there are very few such Republicans left.

Desperately seeking honorable Republicans: Media’s snipe hunt comes up empty again | Salon.com

‘Downright Scary’: In 2021 Alone, GOP Introduces 100+ Voter Suppression Bills in 28 States | Common Dreams News

Gwinnett County election workers handle ballots as part of the recount for the 2020 presidential election at the Beauty P. Baldwin Voter Registrations and Elections Building on November 16, 2020 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. (Photo: Megan Varner/Getty Images)
Voter Fraud is and was always REAL In GOP Voter Suppression. Trump tried litigation and failed

“Republicans are taking their assault on voting rights to the next level… trying to accomplish through legislation what Trump couldn’t with litigation.

‘Downright Scary’: In 2021 Alone, GOP Introduces 100+ Voter Suppression Bills in 28 States | Common Dreams News

Republicans in Congress engage in hateful Islamophobia to defend their Islamophobe, Greene

Republicans have introduced a bill to strip Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) of her seat on the Foreign Affairs committee. Omar, of course, has never “liked” a posting on Facebook advocating the killing of a member of Congress, nor has she encouraged people to invade the Capitol. The false equivalence between Greene and Omar was taken up by other Republicans and by Fox Cable News.

Republicans in Congress engage in hateful Islamophobia to defend their Islamophobe, Greene

Profile-In-Courage Rob Portman Explains How Republicans Will Weasel Out Of Convicting Trump | Crooks and Liars

Profile-In-Courage Rob Portman Explains How Republicans Will Weasel Out Of Convicting Trump

Portman claimed they need to “come up with a precedent for the future.” Don’t hold your breath for that to happen any time soon. The only precedent they’re setting is allowing criminality by a president to go unpunished, which Portman is fine with as long as it’s a fellow Republican being allowed to get away with it.

Profile-In-Courage Rob Portman Explains How Republicans Will Weasel Out Of Convicting Trump | Crooks and Liars

Forget about a GOP crack-up: Republicans rally around a defeated Trump because they understand power | Salon.com

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THIS GOP REPORT DOESN’T NOTE TENS OF THOUSANDS ARE LEAVING

Republicans don’t demobilize. They aren’t stupid just because they’re crazy. They know that they win by sticking together. They know that their differences matter less than their shared goal of maintaining power. No matter how baroque the conspiracy theories get or overt the fascist sentiment, Republicans aren’t going to see much attrition. Beating them will continue requiring mass mobilization on the left, as hard as that can be. The GOP is here to stay, and the sooner Democratic voters accept that, the more disciplined they’ll be at defeating them.

Forget about a GOP crack-up: Republicans rally around a defeated Trump because they understand power | Salon.com

The Insurrection Was Put Down. The GOP Plan for Minority Rule Marches On. – Mother Jones

However Trump has declared he was ready to destroy the GOP

In 2018, Democrats swept every statewide race in Wisconsin, ending nearly a decade of Republican rule. “The voters spoke,” Democrat Tony Evers said after defeating incumbent Gov. Scott Walker. “A change is coming, Wisconsin!” Not so fast. A month later, the GOP-controlled legislature convened an unprecedented lame-duck session to strip the incoming governor of key administrative and appointment powers and shorten the early voting period to dampen future Democratic turnout. Though their opponents had won more votes, Republicans believed only they were entitled to exercise power.

The Insurrection Was Put Down. The GOP Plan for Minority Rule Marches On. – Mother Jones

Meet Your Local Republican Insurrectionist | HuffPost Australia

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At least 21 state and local Republican officials attended the Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C., that turned into a violent riot, according to a new HuffPost tally, many of whom are now under pressure to resign.

Meet Your Local Republican Insurrectionist | HuffPost Australia

Insurrection by Trump Mob and Republicans in Congress

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Sens. Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz, the leaders of the coup attempt in the Senate, might as well have been personally leading the Trump cultists as they rampaged through the Capitol’s corridors. There are no political subtleties, no nuanced hot takes about what happened in Washington on January 6, 2021. It was an insurrection, period. It was an insurrection by a Trump mob, and later by their confederates in the House and Senate.

Insurrection by Trump Mob and Republicans in Congress

Trump Forced the Ultimate Loyalty Test on Congressional Republicans | Washington Monthly

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Even after the president incited an insurrection against Congress, six senators and 121 representatives voted to proclaimed that the GOP is his party.

Trump Forced the Ultimate Loyalty Test on Congressional Republicans | Washington Monthly

Poll Shows Nearly Half of GOP Voters—Lied to by Right-Wing Media—Approve of US Capitol Ransacking | Common Dreams News

A worker cleans broken glass from one of the entrances to the U.S. Capitol the day after a pro-Trump mob broke into the building on January 6, 2021. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

Invade Canada and simply call it the Americas the politics are much the same. The Republican Cartel is determined to take over (ODT)

“Among Republican voters, 45% approve of the storming of Capitol, 30% think the perpetrators are ‘patriots’, 52% think Biden is at least partly to blame for it, and 85% think it would be inappropriate to remove Trump from office after this.”

Poll Shows Nearly Half of GOP Voters—Lied to by Right-Wing Media—Approve of US Capitol Ransacking | Common Dreams News

81 Senators Vote to Override Trump Veto of NDAA as GOP Continues to Block $2,000 Relief Checks | Common Dreams News

A woman and her daughter receive food assistance for laid off Walt Disney World cast members and others at a food distribution event on December 12, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“At a time when so many Americans are facing economic desperation,” said Sen. Bernie Sanders, “it is tragic that the Republican leadership has turned their backs on the working families of this country.”

81 Senators Vote to Override Trump Veto of NDAA as GOP Continues to Block $2,000 Relief Checks | Common Dreams News

McConnell Gives Entire Struggling Nation the Finger, and Senate Republicans Let Him Do It | The Smirking Chimp

Moscow Mitch McConnell just did it again. And then did it one more time. He just stopped struggling Americans from getting a $2,000 survival check, again. Apparently just because he can. And to be a troll, actually calling survival checks “socialism for rich people.”

McConnell Gives Entire Struggling Nation the Finger, and Senate Republicans Let Him Do It | The Smirking Chimp

THE Most Gutless Party in U.S. Political History | The Smirking Chimp

The only squealing we hear from elected Republicans are those non-congressional types who’ve been targeted by Trump’s vile tactics, such as Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger. “He voted for Trump but didn’t like it when Trumpism collided directly into his life,” trenchantly observes Amanda Carpenter (no relation) of the Bulwark. “I remember Trump calling lots of other Americans ‘an enemy of the people’ and putting them in danger before he attached the label” to Raffensperger. Only then did he protest the ugliness. Self-centered, gutless bastards all.

THE Most Gutless Party in U.S. Political History | The Smirking Chimp
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Trump Shoots Man on Fifth Avenue | The Smirking Chimp

the President of the United States brazenly “colluded” with two foreign powers (to coin a term), publicly encouraging them to attack one of his domestic political opponents—the very thing the Founders most feared, and which they created the mechanism of impeachment to address. Yet the silence from the President’s party thus far has been deafening. Are we going to be a representative democracy ruled by law, or an autocracy led by a despot? Is the modern GOP really willing to burn the entire foundation of our republic to the ground in order to maintain its hold on power? (Rhetorical question. We know by now that they are.)

The modern Republican Party is about to decide just how savagely history will remember it. And if we as a nation allow them to get away with it, we deserve what we get.

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Texas attorney general: congregations should be armed after church shooting | US news | The Guardian

 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

Hours after a mass shooting that left at least 26 people dead, the Texas attorney general said American churches should be “arming some of the parishioners” or hiring “professional security”.

Only in America

Texas attorney general: congregations should be armed after church shooting | US news | The Guardian

Colin Powell says he’ll vote for Hillary Clinton after saying Donald Trump ‘insults America every day’ | The Independent

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A month ago the release of hacked emails belonging to Colin Powell, revealed the former secretary of state did not have a lot of time for Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Source: Colin Powell says he’ll vote for Hillary Clinton after saying Donald Trump ‘insults America every day’ | The Independent

Donald Trump Goes Full Schmuck, Uses Yiddish Word For Penis To Mock Hillary Clinton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump used a vulgarity to describe Hillary Clinton’s loss to Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and then poked

Source: Donald Trump Goes Full Schmuck, Uses Yiddish Word For Penis To Mock Hillary Clinton