Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton triggered an avalanche of mockery by declaring Donald Trump’s ego a threat to the legitimacy of US democracy, proving her efforts to delegitimize the 2016 vote haven’t been forgotten.
Clinton took to Twitter to grandstand on Friday, declaring “Protecting one man’s ego is not worth damaging the legitimacy of our democracy.”
Protecting one man's ego is not worth damaging the legitimacy of our democracy.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 20, 2020
The comment was presumably a reference to Trump, who has challenged the results of the presidential election earlier this month, refusing to concede to Democratic challenger Joe Biden. However, social media users did a double-take, pointing out that Clinton’s tweet was an uncannily accurate description of her own behavior following her 2016 loss to Trump.
— James Woods (@JamesWoods84) November 20, 2020
Zero self awareness 😂
— Husky Himbo (@iceiceninja) November 20, 2020
“It’s cool to take over 3 years of lies to protect one woman’s ego, amirite?” snarked one user, as others reminded Clinton in detail how she had been one of the primary forces behind the Russiagate conspiracy theory that attempted to delegitimize Trump’s victory four years ago as the product of his “collusion” with the Kremlin, which was never proven despite the enormous amount of time and taxpayers’ money spent on multiple investigations of the allegations.
But “Russia Russia” is acceptable?
Easy to see how we got here.
Both HRC and DT the problem here
— AstrO (@Mi_Astronauta) November 20, 2020
This you? pic.twitter.com/VdPEABlUMP
— Malcolm Fle✘ (@Malcolm_fleX48) November 20, 2020
Some took Clinton’s failure to actually name Trump and ran with it, “agreeing” that democracy should be preserved even if it hurts Biden’s ego.
That's exactly why the investigations into this election is a good thing. Biden's ego isn't worth protecting
— Kristi (@cutecanukgirl) November 20, 2020
Yeah, Biden has a big ego. Er, well his handlers do.
— MenOnStrike🚫 (@MenOnStrike) November 20, 2020
Others pointed out that Clinton herself had urged Biden not to concede under any circumstances.
He’s just taking your advice and not conceding!
— Virgil (@Virgils_Ghost) November 20, 2020
"Do not concede under any circumstances…"
— Z (@Zachariahskylab) November 20, 2020
At least one user noticed something else odd about Clinton’s tweet – and indeed similar phrases seemed to be on the lips of several ‘verified’ anti-Trump Twitter accounts.
Apparently the Democrats got the memo for the weekly talking point https://t.co/AVEMMU79Re
— Bobby 🇺🇲🏳️🌈 (@bbotx92) November 20, 2020
I agree. https://t.co/6vrXxPIkv4
— Windsor Mann (@WindsorMann) November 20, 2020
Our lives are more important than his ego! https://t.co/pHwWInzu5n
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) November 19, 2020
While many of the Trump campaign’s legal challenges to vote counting in key swing states have been rejected, the president has hinted he has further tricks up his sleeve. Trump has maintained since before election day that mail-in voting would produce fraudulent results – a claim rejected by the Democrats.
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