The Hill posted a tweet Monday morning, with no indication from whence the video came, wherein Hillary Clinton offers some hilarious advice for (presumably Democratic) 2020 candidates (her second time handing down this wisdom in April).
Question: "What advice would you have for 2020 candidates based on the experiences you had in 2016?"
Hillary Clinton: "Don't get on the wrong side of Vladimir Putin. That would be the first." pic.twitter.com/7BznsgnIvY
— The Hill (@thehill) April 29, 2019
No really, this is pretty funny, but the joke is ironic rather than straightforward. First, it’s hilarious that a woman who lost the presidential race in as embarrassing a fashion as has occurred in recent memory would be offering advice on how to win. Legitimately funny.
Second, perhaps Hillary did run afoul of Putin, but it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying to make him like her (a narrative most Democrats, and likely the lady herself, would very much like to forget).
Here’s just a snippet of a another piece from The Hill, this one from back in February.
As secretary of State, Hillary Clinton worked with Russian leaders, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-President Dmitri Medvedev, to create U.S. technology partnerships with Moscow’s version of Silicon Valley, a sprawling high-tech campus known as Skolkovo.
Clinton’s handprint was everywhere on the 2009-2010 project, the tip of a diplomatic spear to reboot U.S.-Russian relations after years of hostility prompted by Vladimir Putin’s military action against the former Soviet republic and now U.S. ally Georgia.
A donor to the Clinton Foundation, Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg, led the Russian side of the effort, and several American donors to the Clinton charity got involved. Clinton’s State Department facilitated U.S. companies working with the Russian project, and she personally invited Medvedev to visit Silicon Valley.
The collaboration occurred at the exact same time Bill Clinton made his now infamous trip to Russia to pick up a jaw-dropping $500,000 check for a single speech.
The former president’s trip secretly raised eyebrows inside his wife’s State Department, internal emails show.
That’s because he asked permission to meet Vekselberg, the head of Skolkovo, and Arkady Dvorkovich, a senior official of Rosatom, the Russian nuclear giant seeking State’s permission to buy Uranium One, a Canadian company with massive U.S. uranium reserves.
Years later, intelligence documents show, both the Skolkovo and Uranium One projects raised serious security concerns.
Of course, we all now know about another, more recent collaboration between Clinton operatives and Russia, that also failed majestically; although it’s clear the relationship between Russia and Clinton allies was still very strong.
Clinton claims she did not know about Steele’s work. It doesn’t matter. Imagine if Cohen, or another lawyer paid by the Trump campaign and Republican National Committee, had hired a former British spy with campaign money to collect dirt on Clinton from Russian intelligence and foreign ministry officials. Do you think that everyone in Washington would be saying: “There’s no evidence Trump knew, so no big deal — nothing to see here”? Of course not.
The point is, Hillary is implying that she and Putin had a strained relationship and that’s why she lost (go ahead and get comfortable with the idea she will never take responsibility for her own inadequacies). But there’s very little evidence Russia had a problem with Hillary before the election. In fact, they appear to have been working with her allies up until the bitter end.
After two years of trying to prove this narrative at the expense of the taxpayer, exhausting everyone and making the entire country much more bitter about the U.S. electoral process, the joke’s still a live one. It’s just on all of us.