Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared to call her rival Donald Trump “my husband” today during a speech outlining various policy proposals in which she caught herself perhaps just in time.
“The embarrassing gaffe came as she addressed the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists on Friday in Washington, D.C.,” the New York Post reported about Clinton’s first press conference or quasi-press conference in more than 200 days.
In what might or might not be a Freudian slip (see footage embedded below), Hillary Clinton punctuated her remarks with the following statement in which she seemed to confuse Bill with Donald.
“I hope you will compare what I’m proposing to what my husb — my opponent is talking about…”
“Mrs. Clinton also vowed to push hard to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill with a path toward citizenship for those in the country illegally, and said she would prioritize the issue during her first 100 days in office,” the New York Times reported about today’s presentation before the journalist group.
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Separately, Hillary Clinton seemed to back away to some degree from insisting that the FBI had vouched for her consistency and truthfulness in the private email server investigation, which she asserted in an interview on Fox News Sunday. In deciding not to bring criminal charges against her, FBI Director James Comey, among other things, said that the former Secretary of State was extremely careless in handling sensitive or classified government information on the server and that some of her public explanations about the whole controversy didn’t add up.
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According to an AP Fact Check, “[Comey] actually questioned the accuracy of some of her public statements and said only that investigators had ‘no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI,’ whatever she told other people.”
— J.Lantigua-Williams (@JuleykaLantigua) August 5, 2016
At the same NABJ-NAHJ event today, Clinton attempted to engage in what some are calling damage control over the way she characterized the FBI assessment of her veracity.
“I was pointing out in both of those instances that…Comey had said that my answers in my FBI interview were truthful. And I have said during the interview and in many other occasions over the past months that what I told the FBI, which he said was truthful, is consistent with what I have said publicly. So I may have short-circuited, and for that I, you know, will try to clarify.”
Following this answer, the hashtag #WhatMakesHillaryShortCircuit immediately started to trend.
“Her intended clarification was yet another short circuit of the public record,” AP noted, however.
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When a journalist also asked her about the most meaningful conversation that she’s had with an African-American friend, Clinton replied that she was “blessed to have a crew of great friends,” including former chiefs of staff Cheryl Mills and Maggie Williams, but that she couldn’t compress it into one conversation.
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In a campaign rally today in Jacksonville, Florida, Donald Trump riffed that voters must cast a ballot for him rather than Hillary Clinton — even if they dislike him intensely — to save the Supreme Court. The High Court currently has one vacancy due to the untimely death of Antonin Scalia, but also has several aging justices who could leave the bench.
“When crooked Hillary puts Bernie recommendations on the Supreme Court, we’ve got ourselves another Venezuela, folks. We’re going to have a Venezuela and it’s going to be bad.”
Presumably Trump was making reference to Bernie Sanders, a self-described socialist, who ran for president as a Democrat, and was the runner-up to Clinton. Under a socialist model implemented by President Huge Chavez and continued by his successor Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela is on the verge of an economic collapse.
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