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Clinton Says Opponents Are Still Targeting Her

| by Jordan Smith

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton believes her political opponents are still out to get her despite her election loss.

Clinton, who was defeated by Donald Trump in the Nov. 8 election, spoke to New York Magazine in an interview published on May 26 about her feelings after the loss.

"These guys on the other side are not just interested in my losing, they want to keep coming after me," Clinton told the magazine. "I mean, think about that for a minute."

Fox News' Sean Hannity has been promoting a story alleging that Clinton was involved in the murder of a Democratic National Committee staffer in 2016, The Hill reports. Fox News subsequently published a statement distancing itself from Hannity's article, saying that the story was "not initially subjected to the high degree of editorial scrutiny" usually applied at the network, Newsweek reported.

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Clinton argued that sections of the media were not only opposed to her personally.

"What are they so afraid of?" Clinton added in her New York Magazine interview. "Me, to some extent. Because I don't die, despite their best efforts. But what [really drives them] is what I represent."

The former first lady spoke out against Trump during a commencement speech she delivered at Wellesley College in Massachusetts on May 26 when she implicitly compared him to Richard Nixon in a comment recalling her own graduation from college.

"We were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace for impeachment of obstruction of justice after firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice," Clinton said, according to Time.

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She went on to take aim at Trump's budget proposal:

There is a full-fledged assault on truth and reason. Just log on to social media for ten seconds, it will hit you right in the face. People denying science, concocting elaborate hurtful conspiracy theories about child abuse rings operating out of pizza parlors, drumming up rampant fear about undocumented immigrants, Muslims, minorities, the poor ... Some are even denying things we see with our own eyes, like the size of crowds. And then defending themselves by talking about quote unquote alternative facts.

Clinton never mentioned Trump by name in her remarks.

"When people in power invent their own facts and attack those who question them, it can mark the beginning of the end of a free society," added Clinton. "That is not hyperbole, it is what authoritarian regimes throughout history have done."

She concluded by encouraging the all-female group of graduates to work hard and pursue their goals.

Sources: New York Magazine, The HillTime, Newsweek / Photo credit: Marianique Santos via Defense Video Imagery Distribution System

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