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Hillary Clinton is back in the news again this week, and it’s not for a good reason.
Each year on Oct. 26, social media users are reminded of Clinton’s birthday with the tweet she shared that continues to haunt her.
“Happy birthday to this future president,” she wrote from her official account on Oct. 26, 2016.
The tweet included a photo of Clinton when she was a little girl.
Her tweet came about a week before the 2016 presidential election, which she lost in epic fashion to Donald Trump.
Happy birthday to this future president. pic.twitter.com/JT3HiBjYdj
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 26, 2016
Many social media users mocked Clinton this week over the tweet:
— Teresa ✝️🇺🇲🇮🇹 (@Intuition412R) October 27, 2021
Greatest fail of all time. Thank the Lord! https://t.co/4OTkIBdxpX
— Let’s Go Brandon! (@JLarey83) October 27, 2021
Five years later and this entitled hag is still coping. How’s Bill doin? https://t.co/pkINQk4Y1A
— The Butcher 🎃 (@Tarkus14817821) October 26, 2021
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) October 26, 2021
Like a fine wine, this tweet gets better with age. https://t.co/Vty9EZjW6M
— Eric Spracklen🇺🇸 (@EricSpracklen) October 26, 2021
either hillary doesnt know how to delete tweets or hillary's social media manager is too afraid to tell her this tweet is still up https://t.co/5ol76Fz0WN
— Sharkestry🇳🇱 (@Geckocialist) October 26, 2021
Happy birthday, Hillary. This is one of those tweets you may want to delete. https://t.co/ietUUioZ41
— Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) October 26, 2021
Last week, the twice-failed presidential candidate jumped back into the political fray.
During an interview on Good Morning America, Clinton declared that she will never leave politics because she feels that “democracy is at stake.”
“I will never be out of the game of politics,” Clinton said.
“I’m not going to be running for anything but I really feel like our democracy’s at stake for many reasons … some of them we saw on the screen with the insurrection, some of them are about Facebook that creates a world of disinformation instead of one we can agree on what the facts are. I really am worried,” she added.
“I do worry that we face a lot of really serious problems that don’t get the attention they deserve,” Clinton said.
Clinton’s been inching her way back into the political spotlight.
In an interview last week with The Atlantic, Clinton argued that she is concerned that the Republican Party is engaged in minority rule and that we are on the brink of a “constitutional crisis.”
“I won the popular vote, lost the Electoral College by 70,000-plus votes, and we saw all this stuff online about the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks and the Russians and all of that,” she said, again lamenting her defeat to Donald Trump in 2016.
“And then Joe Biden won by a huge popular-vote margin, but only won the Electoral College by about 100,000 votes. So the parallels between what happened in 2016 and 2020 are not often understood. And why that’s important is, the Republicans—and now we have to say the Republican Party, not just the Trumpers and all of those who are part of this effort to undermine our democracy, but the Republican Party—were shocked that they lost, because they never thought that they would lose by such narrow margins and, we know, accurately and legitimately in places like Georgia or Arizona. So what are they going to do now?” she said.
“Now they’re not only going to try to suppress votes on steroids; they’re going to try to change the way elections are determined. They’re going to try to give legislatures the power to basically throw out elections if they don’t go their way because now they want to be able to win, even if they lose the popular vote and they legitimately lose the Electoral College,” she argued.
Republicans have argued that the changes they have made to voting laws in some states is an effort to simply secure the vote.
Clinton also called for ending the filibuster, something Democrats were against when Trump had suggested it when he was in the White House.
“But the new part [is] having your vote counted because they want to replace independent people like we saw with the Republican secretary of state in Georgia who stood up to tremendous pressure—now they want to throw elections, if they can, either to state legislatures or if necessary to the House of Representatives, where the vote is counted by state,” she said.
“We are in the middle of a constitutional crisis. It’s like the frog dropped into the water. It’s boiling. People are still arguing about stuff that is important, but not as fundamental as whether or not our democracy will be broken and then taken over. And minority rule will be what we live under, the norm,” she warned.