I was never a Trump supporter; I was for Sanders. Contrary to all the rationalizations about how Clinton was the better choice, she still lost as did Bernie. I can’t speak for Trump supporters, but I can definitely say that even if Sanders was not going to win, the underhanded garbage that was going on during the primaries with Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and later Donna Brazile were huge liabilities. Denying the importance of that was fatal.
It would have been easy enough for Clinton to denounce their actions but instead she propped them up making Schultz an honorary campaign chair on the day she resigned from the DNC and Brazile interim head of the DNC, a slap in the face to Sander supporters who may have otherwise been willing to put their support behind her. Instead, she disenfranchised her base and other Democrats by tacitly approving the DNC’s unethical behavior. I’m positive that the number of dems who simply withdrew their vote, wether for another candidate or just to abstain would have more than made up the difference.
And as for the “we’re not going away” rhetoric, where has Clinton been since the election? Has she showed up for anything since? At least you still hear stories about Bernie being out there, rallying and pushing reform and policy, but Hillary is nowhere to be seen.
How about if she had just showed up at the Women’s march? You would think that for the penultimate woman’s candidate that would be a no-brainer, but she was nowhere to be found.
And how about now, 100 days after Trump’s inauguration?
Where is she?
Maybe you need to revise your “we’re not going away” mantra to “we’re going to come back”, and put some focus on how to reconstruct a fractured party with a new solid candidate who’s going to show up, because Clinton is nowhere to be found. If she had at least maintained a presence in the time that passed it might stand for something, but she hasn’t.
Other candidates are already rushing in the fill the void of her “post-apocalyptic” absence, and good ones at that without the stain of shame (Tulsi Gabbard anyone?). If there’s any hope of a Clinton run in 2020, she’d better get her ass into gear and start making public appearances, otherwise she’s going to come across as a liability candidate who doesn’t care about anything but the prize.
It’s not that people are wishing Hillary Clinton went away. She already left.