#HillarySoQualified backfires after hijack by Clinton critics
A social media hashtag aimed at underscoring Hillary Clinton’s presidential credentials has backfired spectacularly, after Bernie Sanders supporters hijacked it to point out her ‘flip flopping’ on policies.
The #HillarySoQualified tag began to emerge on Twitter after White House rival and fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders suggested Clinton’s Wall Street backers made her unqualified to take presidential office.
#HillarySoQualified she already lost a presidential election before.— Millennials 4 Bernie (@Bernlennials) April 7, 2016
“She has been saying lately that she thinks I am ‘not qualified’ to be president,” the Vermont senator told a Philadelphia rally Wednesday night.
“I don’t believe that she is qualified if she is - through her Super PAC - taking tens of millions of dollars in special interest funds.
“I don’t think that you are qualified if you get $15 million from Wall Street through your super PAC. I don’t think you are qualified if you have voted for the disastrous war in Iraq,” he added.
Clinton supporters’ hashtag #HillarySoQualified is hijacked
When you create a hashtag and it backfires #HillarySoQualified #HillaryClinton #USelectionsPosted by In the NOW on Thursday, April 7, 2016
Jumping to the former secretary of state’s defense, her supporters sought to push Clinton’s relationship with world leaders and apparent popularity among voters across Twitter.
Others took umbrage at Sanders’ attack on a fellow Democrat, including Clinton’s press secretary who tweeted that her rival had reached a “new low”.
Hillary Clinton did not say Bernie Sanders was 'not qualified.' But he has now - absurdly - said it about her. This is a new low.— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) April 7, 2016
What's the word for when a man tells a woman with a resume 10x as long as his that she isn't qualified for the same job? #HillarySoQualified— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) April 7, 2016
However, the fight-back was short-lived. Sanders supporters and Clinton haters quickly commandeered the hashtag to attack her past stance on foreign policy, the email scandal, as well her foundation.
#HillarySoQualified she recognized that her Iraq War vote was a mistake, she learned from it, and then did it again in Libya.— Angry Bernie Sanders (@AngrySenSanders) April 7, 2016
Others joked that she was only qualified to work with Republicans on policies like war and destroying the environment.
#HillarySoQualified She can work with Republicans on issues like war, financial deregulation, offshoring jobs, destroying the environment...— Michigan4Bernie (@Michigan4Bernie) April 7, 2016
Clinton currently leads Sanders in the race to secure the Democratic Party’s nomination with 1,749, including super delegates, to Sanders’ 1,061, despite the latter securing six primary wins in a row.