Legendary Hollywood actor Robert De Niro has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President of the United States in an interview with The Daily Beast.
Moreover, the icon of film and stage did so based on one overarching reason, in his opinion: she’s “earned” it:
“I THINK THAT SHE’S PAID HER DUES. THERE ARE GOING TO BE NO SURPRISES, AND SHE HAS EARNED THE RIGHT TO BE PRESIDENT AND THE HEAD OF THE COUNTRY AT THIS POINT.
IT’S THAT SIMPLE. AND SHE’S A WOMAN, WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT BECAUSE HER TAKE ON THINGS MAY BE WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW.”
Setting aside the question of whether “we need” the next president to be one gender or the other, how exactly does one “earn the right” to be president?
To be sure, various candidates throughout history – for every office from dog catcher to President of the United States – have been more qualified than others to serve, but the operative difference here is “qualified” vs. “earned.”
Also to be sure, from members of the Democratic National Committee, to Hillary herself, Clinton supporters have been hard-pressed to name any of her accomplishments in public service.
One of De Niro’s business partners, Jane Rosenthal, also participated in the interview with The Daily Beast and tried to offer a bit of “legitimacy” as to why Hillary would make a great president:
“SHE’S SMART, HAS RUN THINGS BEFORE, AND KNOWS HOW GOVERNMENT WORKS AND HOW TO GET THINGS DONE. SHE’S WATCHED IT FROM THE SIDELINES, AND THE FRONT LINES.”
Assuming that Hillary Clinton does indeed seek the presidency, the voters will decide whether she wins the Democratic nomination, and ultimately, the presidency.
But to suggest that Clinton – or anyone else – has “earned” the “right” to “be president” runs contrary to everything America stands for.