Over the course of her campaign, Hillary Clinton has often been accused of flip-flopping on hot-button issues. Her change in stance on certain topics has led certain voters and media outlets to believe that she is any number of things, including fraudulent, weak, inconsistent, unstable, etc. Of course, it is always easier to demonize a candidate for a change in stance rather than reflect on their ability to grow with the acquisition of new information and adapt to changing times.
Playing off of this, the Onion (the first word in satire on the web as far as this poster is concerned) posted this article spoofing not only Clinton’s changing stances, but the way she connects to voters. Along with the accusations of being untrustworthy, Hillary has also endured a perceived inability to connect with voters. The Onion tackles both of these in one fell swoop, “quoting” her campaign manager as saying, “our updated site is really a great way for voters to get to know Hillary and her principles. For example, progressives will be happy to see that she strongly supports universal single-payer health care, while those who are more moderate will appreciate her steadfast belief in a free market–based approach to health care that gives citizens their choice of private insurers.”
For the most part, the Onion has not skewered Hillary as they have Donald Trump or even Hillary’s VP pick, Tim Kaine. This is probably the most scathing of their critiques of the Democratic candidate, and even then it is treated with much more levity than some of their other bits of satire. The Onion traditionally leans left, but they do not leave many stones unturned in search of a joke.