Politics

Hillary Clinton Is Winning the UFO Vote

May 10th 2016

By:
Kyle Jaeger

Primary season is still dragging on, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have effectively secured the "UFO vote."

In an interview with on-air radio host Charlamagne last month, Clinton vowed to release government files on UFOs and extraterrestrial life as long, as it wouldn't conflict with national security interests. Her repeated calls to provide the public with information about the intergalactic issue has led believers to call her the election's only "E.T. candidate," The New York Times reports.

Asked whether she believes that aliens have already visited Earth, Clinton said she can't be sure.

"I don't know. I want to see what the information shows. But there are enough stories out there that I don’t think everybody is just sitting in their kitchen, making them up. I think that people see things — what they see, I don’t know. But we have got to try to give people information. I believe in that.

Television host Jimmy Kimmel pressed Clinton on her plans to disclose the government files (colloquially known as the "X-Files") during an interview in March. Kimmel said that her husband President Bill Clinton informed him that he'd searched federal records and turned up with nothing on alien visitations to Earth.

"Well, I'm going to do it again," Clinton told Kimmel. "And you know, there's a new name: It's 'unexplained aerial phenomena.' That's the latest nomenclature."

Clinton's expertise on the subject has enthralled UFO truthers.

A 2012 survey from National Geographic found that 36 percent of Americans believe that aliens have visited our planet; an even more impressive 80 percent of respondents say they believe that the government is concealing evidence of these visitations.

"Hillary has embraced this issue with an absolutely unprecedented level of interest in American politics," Joseph Buchman, who has devoted much of his life to the fight for government transparency on extraterrestrials, told The New York Times.

While the idea that aliens have already visited Earth is subject to debate, the broader search for extraterrestrial life is being taken up by serious scientists around the world. On Tuesday, NASA announced the discovery of 1,284 new planets, including some that might sustain life, researchers hope. And organizations such as the SETI Institute, a nonprofit research company, has devoted resources to expanding our intelligence on extraterrestrial life for over 30 years.

In an election where every vote matters, appealing to this demographic could play well for Clinton. Her opponent in the Democratic primary, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, has been dismissive of the issue in the only documented instance of him speaking about UFOs, Gawker reports. Similarly, the GOP's presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump has maintained silence on the issue of alien life on Earth.

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