‘Honest Hillary’ Parody Persona Gaining Momentum On Twitter As #WhichHillary Falls Off Trending

Polls are increasingly showing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as “dishonest,” and now a spoof Twitter account is gaining popularity with tweets from a user with the Twitter handle “Honest Hillary.” According to the Washington Times, the first thing that most Americans think of when asked about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a perception that she is dishonest.

A Gallup poll released Tuesday found that the most common reactions of people polled about Mrs. Clinton were “dishonest,” “liar,” “don’t trust her,” and “poor character.” Eight years ago, when Americans were polled by Gallup while she was running for POTUS against Obama the common reaction was also that she was dishonest, according to an article in the New York Daily News.

The parody character known as Honest Hillary has a popular Twitter account with a blurb that admits it is not the Twitter account of the real Hillary Clinton.

“Wall Street’s Favorite Candidate™. I’ve been running for the White House for 30 d— years and it’s my g–d—- turn. NOT the real Hillary, because I’m honest.”

With a matching website, Honest Hillary asks, “Are you willing to bet 4 years of your life that Hillary Clinton is telling the truth?” If the website visitor chooses the “#HILLYES” option, they are redirected to a satire site that purports to be the presidential campaign website for Cthulhu. Cthulhu, of course, being a fictional, malevolent, hibernating subject of human worship described as part octopus, part human, and part dragon imagined by writer H. P. Lovecraft in the 1920s.

Honest Hillary is busy tweeting about every transgression, indiscretion and obstruction that the real Hillary is accused of, heavy on the satire, of course. For example, Friday, when Twitter was accused of censoring the hashtag #WhichHillary from the trending topics area of the platform, Honest Hillary gave a shout out to a Twitter executive.

The hashtag was written at the bottom of Black Lives Matter activist Ashley William’s banner that she displayed in protest at a private Clinton event. According to an article featured on Huffington Post it “became the single most viral hashtag on Twitter, accumulating over 250K mentions by 7:00pm EST.”

A Daily Kos writer reported that it’s still not clear why the trending hashtag dropped from the trending list on Twitter, but hinted accusations that it was deliberate censorship.

“It is entirely natural, and important, for users to be suspicious here. We don’t know whether it was intentional removal, or algorithmic coincidence. However, it is a fact that this past Sunday, Clinton held a political event headlined by Twitter CEO Omid Kordestani.”

#WhichHillary posts also appear to be what catapulted Honest Hillary’s tweeting popularity. The Twitter love for Honest Hillary significantly increased as Honest Hillary began sharing custom memes with the viral hashtag.

Many Americans just aren’t sure if they can trust that Hillary is telling the truth, according to Gallup polls, but an older article in The Washington Post from January indicated that the trust issues are not new for Hillary Clinton. According to the Post, America’s trust issues with Hillary Clinton didn’t start with the race against Obama for POTUS or even with Benghazi or the classified and top secret emails on her private server. The Post writer reminds readers of a quote from New York Times columnist William Safire in 1996.

“‘Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar,’ he said. ‘Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit.'”

Meanwhile, some democrats are saying that blasting concerns over perceived dishonesty is shameful. Efforts by democrats, they say, should be focused towards shedding a light on Donald Trump’s tactics and plans, not Hillary’s. Peter Daou of Blue Nation Review wrote about his concerns over democrats focusing too much energy on the new social media campaign aimed at exposing Clinton’s reported dishonesty.

“Anyone on the left who smears Hillary with evidence-free attacks when we’re facing a potential Trump presidency should be ashamed of themselves. And Bernie Sanders should resist the impulse to surf this ugly anti-Hillary wave.”

What do you think of Honest Hillary on Twitter?

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