Why Is Hillary Clinton So Hated?

In the almost four years since Donald Trump won the presidency, those of us who weren’t in favor of that particular outcome can sometimes appear to have sorted into two equally vocal camps. The first group thinks that Hillary Clinton deserves some significant portion of blame for the election result because of the campaign she ran, or indeed for running at all, given the decades-old, baked-in political weaknesses she somehow persuaded the Democratic Party to ignore. The second group sees that kind of thinking as antifeminist and anti-establishment, and attributes the Clinton loss almost entirely to external forces: misogyny, conservative dark money, media manipulation, conspiracy theorists — the same forces that have unfairly dogged her throughout her years in public life. There are, of course, lots of people who fall somewhere in between those two poles, but Michael D’Antonio’s “The Hunting of Hillary: The Forty-Year Campaign to Destroy Hillary Clinton” is a document written firmly from the point of view of that second group.

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