For the second time, Hillary Clinton, who lost the presidential race twice as a Democrat, became the target of online ridicule on Thursday, the anniversary of one of her most awkward tweets in her political career. On October 26, 2016, Clinton shared a childhood photo of herself along with the caption: “Happy birthday to this future president.”
Happy birthday to this future president. pic.twitter.com/JT3HiBjYdj
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 26, 2016
While the post at the time garnered quite a bit of opposition, X users continued to ridicule her over the post and did so again this year.
“Happy 7th anniversary of never being POTUS,” one user wrote on Thursday.
“This never gets old,” said another user.
“And never will be,” wrote another.
“Bless your heart,” conservative activist Scott Pressler wrote this year.
“Definitely did NOT age well. Thank GOD for that,” said another user, denoting this year’s anniversary of the tweet.
Hillary Clinton hasn’t had an easy time in her public life recently. During a Columbia University event titled “Making Human Rights Come Alive: The UDHR at 75,” she was interrupted by a heckler. This event featured discussions on the 75th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with participants including Michelle Bachelet, Allida Black, Frank Mugisha, and Maria Ressa, in addition to the former first lady.
The heckler strongly criticized President Joe Biden for proposing $100 billion in taxpayer funding for Taiwan, Israel, and Ukraine. He called on Hillary Rodham Clinton to openly denounce the president’s perceived warmongering and erratic speech. The heated exchange resulted in both the heckler and Clinton talking over each other. Clinton offered to discuss the matter after the event, but this did not satisfy the heckler, who continued to voice his concerns while Clinton repeatedly asked him to take his seat.
“This is free speech! Everyone has everything. That is not free speech. This is people constructing narratives that are openly hypocritical. I’m sorry,” he said in response.
Hillary "Killary" Clinton Gets Confronted Over Funding for Israel, Taiwan and Ukraine – the Audience Member Argues the US is Hurtling Towards WWIII 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/R19uv8hZVu
— Ryan sikorski (@Ryansikorski10) October 24, 2023
Earlier this month, Hillary Clinton faced criticism for suggesting that Americans who support her former rival, ex-President Donald Trump, should be “de-programmed.” This statement raised concerns among many who likened her language to that used during the Soviet era, particularly regarding political opponents of the regime.
In an online video, Clinton was discussing the situation where many Republicans joined Democrats in supporting a short-term continuing resolution to fund the government for an additional 45 days.
“You saw the number of Republicans who voted along with Democrats to keep the government open, so there’s clearly a common sense, sane part of the Republican caucus in the House. But I think they are intimidated,” she began in the clip.
“They oftentimes, you know, say and do things which they know better than to say or do, and it will require us defeating those most extreme measures and the people who promote them in order to try to get to some common ground where people can again work together,” she added, noting that in the past, there were “bitter battles” over issues but no “extremism.”
“That’s the way it used to be. I mean, we had very strong partisans in both parties in the past, and we had very bitter battles over all kinds of things: gun control, and climate change, and the economy, and taxes. But there wasn’t this little tail of extremism wagging the dog of the Republican Party as it is today,” she said, bringing Trump into the picture.
“And sadly, so many of those extremists, those MAGA extremists, take their marching orders from Donald Trump, who has no credibility left by any measure. He’s only in it for himself,” she said.
“He’s now defending himself in civil actions and criminal actions, and when do they break with him? You know, because at some point, you know, maybe there needs to be a formal deprogramming of the cult members. But something needs to happen,” she added.