Hillary Clinton, leading Democratic presidential candidate, is already making sure that one very crucial group of potential voters gets justice should she end up in the White House: aliens. Clinton, who just last month promised to "get to the bottom of" the UFO phenomenon, will reportedly work actively to declassify as many UFO-related government documents as possible.
"I think I’ve convinced her that we need an effort to kind of go look at that and declassify as much as we can, so that people have their legitimate questions answered," John Podesta, chair of Clinton’s campaign and former chief of staff under her husband Bill, told KLAS-TV this week, the Guardian reports. "More attention and more discussion about unexplained aerial phenomena can happen without people—who are in public life, who are serious about this—being ridiculed."
Of course, "being ridiculed" is a crucial phrase for Podesta to use. The coverage surrounding UFOs, generally the fault of both reporters and self-sensationalized witnesses, often amounts to little more than an extended joke that loosely blends fact and fiction into something easily digestible, and just as easy to dismiss.
In a move celebrating the return of The X-Files in January, the CIA did release a mostly underwhelming collection of declassified UFO documents. However, as both Mulders and Scullys can surely agree, that batch of potential knowledge was a little too preoccupied with flying saucer cliches to be taken as anything historic.
For what it's worth, the most important question to ponder here is this: With Donald Trump still bullying his way through American politics to the complementary tunes of xenophobia and racism, would any alien even be interested in paying us a visit? Probably not.