When confronted about an alleged remark on using a drone strike to take out Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Hillary Clinton responded with a non-answer.
In fact, she shook her head and said she did not recall any such remark as she attempted to get around the question at a campaign stop in Pennsylvania on Tuesday.
Hillary Clinton: If I talked about droning Julian Assange, “it would have been a joke.” pic.twitter.com/WuMI2p080M
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) October 4, 2016
During a short press conference held in the Zembo Shrine in Harrisburg, the Democratic presidential nominee fielded a question about whether she had once suggested assassinating Assange.
“Did you ever joke about droning Assange?” a reporter asked.
“Well, I don’t know anything about what he’s talking about, and I don’t recall any joke. It would’ve been a joke if it had been said, but I don’t recall that,” Clinton responded.
In an announcement this week, the WikiLeaks founder promised to release new hacked materials relating to Clinton, while a blog post was circulated that claimed Clinton had once said, “Can’t we just drone this guy?” referring to Assange.
While an opaque answer given at a secretive shrine should not raise eyebrows in an election race that has been dogged with issues of transparency, social media users were still appalled at the spin and double standards from the Clinton camp.
@PA_Proud @dcexaminer When a Clinton gets caught lying, first total and complete denial, then laugh it away …
— Mick (@MickClm) October 4, 2016
@dcexaminer Oh. Ok. Jokes about murder no biggie but call someone out on their weight – unforgivable! #lyinghillary
— LAFoxy ?? ✭ (@lafoxy23) October 4, 2016
@dcexaminer Can you imagine the outrage if Trump said it
— Dawn Sweeney (@DawnSwe12515208) October 4, 2016
@dcexaminer It’s ok for #HillaryClinton to JOKE about that?! Double standards… if Trump had said these words we’d never hear the end of it
— 3% Margin of Error (@Don_Jewell) October 4, 2016
@dcexaminer @HillaryClinton can joke but @realDonaldTrump can’t? Clinton standards #WakeUpAmerica
— ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ (@MoJr13) October 4, 2016
@dcexaminer This is classic Clinton slow-walking the truth. She said it and she meant it.
— Mikexxxx (@Mikexxxx1) October 4, 2016
@dcexaminer @MONAKatOILS other people have been thrown in prison for joking about killing someone. How does she get away with it.
— Deplorable Me 😉 (@AmericanAsIs) October 4, 2016
@dcexaminer yeah bc @HillaryClinton doesn’t have a “trail of bodies” She lies so much she can noe now just call them “jokes” pic.twitter.com/f6cWrmwfPf
— WildCat (@ClassifiedOrNOT) October 5, 2016
@dcexaminer But Trump is accused of threatening her life, She can joke, he cannot. She is truly an embarrassment to this country.
— Joe Pallone (@Plonerock) October 4, 2016
@dcexaminer The usual excuse – it was a joke. The only joke is you not being in prison yet.
— R.George (@rgeorge111075) October 4, 2016
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