Hillary Clinton's victorious march through the Democratic presidential primary is well deserved — but she now faces a "brutal" battle against Donald Trump, says Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times.
"She has crawled over broken glass in 2016 to reach the next rung, becoming the first female nominee of a major U.S. political party," Abramson writes in London's Guardian
She says Clinton's "raw determination, perseverance and resilience," are "qualities even her detractors admire and fear."
But she still faces plenty of flak for past behavior.
"One mistake she made after leaving the state department was becoming a buckraker. She signed with a well-known speaker's bureau and received a $22 million haul," Abramson writes. "The speaking fees have been a lead weight on the campaign and have certainly helped drive up her high negative ratings as questions persist about trustworthiness and her ties to Wall Street."
Abramson adds that the presidential contest will turn "brutal" — with Trump's attacks on "Crooked Hillary," as he calls her, being "relentless."
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