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Thu Dec 1, 2016, 06:06 PM

5. Vanity Fair: How Hillary Clinton Went from Presidential Candidate to Wandering Folk Hero

Nice little write up. Glad they did it.


How Hillary Clinton Went from Presidential Candidate to Wandering Folk Hero

A former Clinton aide tells Vanity Fair how he's using Twitter to help Democrats move on from the election—by spotting their candidate in the wild.

Julie Miller

November 30, 2016 10:55 am
By Melina Mara/The Washington Post/Getty Images.

Hillary Clinton may not be the president-elect millions of Americans had hoped for. But in the days since her surprising loss to Donald Trump, millennials including 31-year-old Adam Parkhomenko have bestowed another honor on the former secretary of state via social media—one claimed by only Bill Murray before her: wandering folk hero.

Clinton’s post-election arc began on November 10, when New Yorker Margot Gerster Instagrammed a photo of herself and the Democratic nominee—whom she bumped into on a hike in Chappaqua, New York. The picture proved to be a sign of encouragement to Democrats—still stunned, distraught, and in disbelief over the Trump upset—that Clinton had not let the election heartbreak keep her down.

That photo quickly went viral, and in the weeks since Trump’s election win, a few other images of Clinton post-election have cropped up on the Internet—posing with supporters in book stores, supermarkets, and the walking trails of New York. When one supporter suggested that Parkhomenko, who served as Clinton’s Director of Grassroots Engagement during the recent election, create a place to compile reports and photographs of Clinton’s post-election whereabouts—which provide a strangely therapeutic quality for grieving Democrats—the Arlington, Virginia, native immediately created the Twitter account, @HRCIntheWild.

Within 24 hours of launching the account—and an accompanying e-mail, info@hrcinthewild.com, for tips—Parkhomenko received thousands of likes, tips, and messages from supporters who said that the photos brought smiles to their faces.

Lori Morton

@AdamParkhomenko @yashar I said we worked so hard, that she was undiminished in our hearts- she said- Don't be discouraged, never give up.


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