Anti-Hillary GOP Squirrel Dishes on his Meeting With Clinton

Democrats’ mocking “proves just how nervous they are that my efforts will get Hillary not to run,” the rodent says.

Hillary Clinton gives a Republican staffer dressed a squirrel a copy of her new memoir, "Hard Choices," outside the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on June 17, 2014. 
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Alex Seitz Wald
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Alex Seitz-Wald
June 18, 2014, 7:30 a.m.

For the past week or so, the Re­pub­lic­an Na­tion­al Com­mit­tee has sent a staffer dressed as a gi­ant or­ange squir­rel out to stalk Hil­lary Clin­ton as she pro­motes her new mem­oir. On Tues­day even­ing, the two came face-to-face.

When Clin­ton pulled up to the New­seum in down­town Wash­ing­ton, where she was par­ti­cip­at­ing in a town hall hos­ted by CNN, she walked right up to the squir­rel and handed him a copy of her new mem­oir, Hard Choices, say­ing, “I hope you will make the hard choice and read my book.”

“Mr. Squir­rel,” as Clin­ton ad­dressed the ro­dent, was equally mag­nan­im­ous, shak­ing her hand and earn­ing some ap­plause from pass­ers by who wit­nessed the his­tor­ic sum­mit. On Twit­ter, polit­ic­al ob­serv­ers hailed Clin­ton’s ges­ture as a deft man­euver.

For his part, the squir­rel ac­know­ledges it was a bit caught off guard, ac­cord­ing to RNC spokes­per­son Raf­fi Wil­li­ams, the party’s of­fi­cial “squir­rel trans­lat­or.” But the ex­change did not change the an­im­al’s views on the former sec­ret­ary of State at all.

“The squir­rel was sur­prised that Hil­lary would en­gage it, though I must say the squir­rel was up­set it couldn’t ask Hil­lary the tough ques­tions Amer­ic­ans want answered. The fact that Hil­lary en­gaged just proves that team Hil­lary is nervous about the Re­pub­lic­an op­pos­i­tion,” Wil­li­ams said in email to Na­tion­al Journ­al. “The squir­rel has already put the book in the fic­tion sec­tion of his lib­rary.”

Speak­ing for him­self in the first per­son, the squir­rel ad­ded that he op­poses a likely Clin­ton pres­id­en­tial run be­cause, “an­oth­er Clin­ton in the White House is nuts!” Pres­id­ent Obama’s two terms have “hurt all Amer­ic­ans (squir­rels like me in­cluded),” the ro­dent con­tin­ued, adding that a Clin­ton pres­id­ency would ba­sic­ally be a third Obama term.

Demo­crats were quick to mock the stunt, but the HRC Squir­rel, as it’s known on Twit­ter, said the jeer­ing merely “proves just how nervous they are that my ef­forts will get Hil­lary not to run.”

“I plan on con­tinu­ing to make ap­pear­ances as ne­ces­sary,” the squir­rel ad­ded. “As of now I’m not plan­ning on hav­ing any oth­er an­im­als join in on my fun, but things can al­ways change.”

Moth­er Jones re­por­ted Monday that Re­pub­lic­ans used to same squir­rel cos­tume be­fore to draw at­ten­tion to the scan­dal sur­round­ing the com­munity group ACORN in the early years of Obama’s pres­id­ency. Re­spond­ing in the first per­son, the squir­rel seemed to ac­know­ledge the con­nec­tion, say­ing, “What can I say? I do what is needed to make sure Amer­ic­ans know the truth.”

The 2016 cam­paign hasn’t even star­ted yet and already Clin­ton has a talk­ing squir­rel and talk­ing tour bus fol­low­ing her every move. The lat­ter be­longs to the pro-Clin­ton su­per PAC Ready for Hil­lary, whose Hil­lary Bus tweets in first-per­son.

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