#DropOutHillary vs. #KeepWinningHillary: Clinton polarizes Twitter

FILE - In this April 16, 2016 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to people in the overflow area during a campaign event at Los Angeles Southwest College in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Whether they love her or hate her, people can't seem to stop talking about Hillary Clinton on social media. In Vote 2016's latest Twitter battle, it's #DropOutHillary vs. #KeepWinningHillary. That and the birth of the oxymoronic #RepublicansForHillary.

Political whirlwinds sure do strike quickly. Just two days ago the five remaining presidential candidates were making their final pushes in Indiana, in hopes of coming out on top in the Hoosier State. Less than 24 hours after Donald Trump left Ted Cruz and John Kasich in the dust and Bernie Sanders finished a few percentage points ahead of Clinton (52.7 to 47.3 percent), only three candidates remained.

Texas Sen. Cruz suspended his campaign Tuesday night, almost immediately after earning 36.7 percent of the Indiana vote to Trump's 53.3, and Ohio Gov. Kasich, who earned 7.5 percent, dropped out of the race Wednesday afternoon. With the support of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus and his 16 former rivals eliminated, Trump is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

While Vermont Sen. Sanders won Indiana's Democratic primary, he remains far behind Clinton in both pledged delegates (1,403 to 1,705) and superdelegates (41 to 513). Though Sanders has vowed to march on until what he says will be a contested convention this summer, front-runner Clinton remains the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Talk of a Clinton vs. Trump general election in Indiana's wake isn't sitting well with Sanders supporters or Hillary haters; on Wednesday the hashtag #DropOutHillary quickly became the top Twitter trend nationally, and shot to the top of Facebook's trending topics early Thursday.

But Clinton, who has won more popular votes than both her Democratic rival and likely Republican challenger, isn't going anywhere (according to Real Clear Politics, Clinton has to date won 12,432,259 votes to Trump's 10,644,396 and Sanders' 9,299,108).

The former secretary of state's supporters shot right back on social media with the hashtags #KeepWinningHillary and #DropOutBernie.

Blue Nation Review's Melissa McEwan condemned the "demeaning, condescending" #DropOutHillary hashtag, writing: "No other front-runner with such a clear path to the nomination would be subjected to this sort of belittling suggestion to drop out. Even Trump, a wildly unpopular candidate with his own party leaders, has not been publicly admonished to drop out ... This dynamic will surely be familiar to a lot of women. It is familiar to me. An eminently qualified woman being told to step aside to make room for a less qualified man? Been there, heard that."

In keeping with the unpredictability of the 2016 election season, in the last 48 hours many GOP-ers in the #NeverTrump movement have flocked to Team Clinton, giving rise to another popular hashtag: #RepublicansForHillary.

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