Hillary Clinton secured four more presidential primary victories on Tuesday, making her the presumptive nominee for the Democratic nomination. And now, some former critics are reluctantly jumping on board.
Many of those disillusioned by this election cycle are tweeting #GirlIGuessImWithHer to voice their hesitant support. The hashtag, started by Twitter user MadBlackThot, features some of the newest members of Clinton’s flock voicing how, come Election Day, their vote for Clinton won’t be one of enthusiasm.
— hyotline bling ✨ (@Hyotastic) June 8, 2016
— The Table of Truth (@thetableoftruth) June 8, 2016
Although Clinton’s presumed victory over Bernie Sanders is largely at the hands of black and Latino voters, the hashtag first appeared as a way many young people of color shared their disappointment. Clinton’s historic support of the 1994 crime bill— a policy that many argue harmed communities of color— has damaged her appeal among many minority voters. And Clinton’s effort to shatter the highest glass ceiling doesn’t sway. Women of all colors have pointed out that while they’re excited to see a woman make history, for them, Clinton isn’t necessarily the right woman.
— Elisia Chung (@KianaBSqueeze) June 8, 2016
I acknowledge and uplift history being made, but it still doesn’t change how I feel. #GirlIGuessImWithHer
— Sean A. Watkins (@seanieboyy6) June 8, 2016
— Ms. Parker (@lpark1984) June 8, 2016
Some Twitter users have criticized the hashtag to point out that Americans aren’t forced to vote for a mainstream candidate. While the U.S. traditionally has a two-party electoral system, the public is free to explore third party options or write in their candidate of choice.
— A Decolonial Spook (@DecolonialBlack) June 8, 2016
If more of us voted 3rd party, there'll be a better chance of getting a decent president. Never settle like this #GirlIGuessImWithHer
— Je m'appelle ashley (@Ashie_Bou) June 8, 2016
— ⚫️Maddi⚫️ (@MorbidMaddi) June 8, 2016
Other critics say, while Clinton may not be the perfect candidate, she’s not as terrible as people are making her out to be.
#GirlIGuessImWithHer has folks believing that a Hillary Clinton administration would be horrific. Her policy agenda is FAR from that 🤔
— Yanick Saila-Ngita (@wunderkind87) June 8, 2016
@secretpunkass we can't afford a "stance" vote, as a black gay male, I'm terrified of a trump presidency #Girliguessimwithher
— Tyson Isaiah (@iAmTysonIsaiah) June 8, 2016
Still, there are some defiant would-be voters who haven’t switched up their tune, vowing to stand by their anyone-but-Hillary stance until the very end.
Massive voter suppression & corruption? Constant belittling of Bernie supporters? She can beg for my vote. #GirlIGuessImWithHer
— Daniela Velez (@paperbckheroine) June 8, 2016
Whether they’re young people of color disenchanted by her legacy, feminists who just aren’t feeling her, or former Bernie supporters who’ve realized the writing’s on the wall (or any combination of the three), #GirlIGuessImWithHer offers a window into how political support can shift, even reluctantly, from one candidate to another.