Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton joked about her ongoing email scandal while speaking at a Democratic fundraiser in Iowa on Friday.
During her speech, Clinton applauded the social media application Snapchat. Snapchat operates by automatically deleting messages within a certain amount of time once the recipient sees the message.
“By the way, you may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it,” Clinton announced. “Those messages disappear all by themselves.”
Clips of the joke were subsequently posted on Clinton’s Facebook and Twitter pages:
Although the Clinton campaign approved of the joke, Mark Halperin told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough that Democrats in the audience allegedly “gasped” when they heard Clinton’s joke.
“Because it’s not a joking matter for a lot of people,” Halperin continued. “She said, here at the fair, when she had a press availability, real voters don’t talk to her about this. They never bring it up to her. Well, you know what, Joe? Real people never bring up to me that I need to lose some weight. The never tell me that. They might talk about it to other people, but never say it to me.”
“I will tell you, here in Iowa, talking to people at the fair, talking to elite Democrats, they bring her emails up to me. Extraordinary high degree, high frequency of people saying. ‘What’s the deal?’ It’s why Joe Biden, I think, and why maybe Al Gore, and others are saying, ‘Do we have a problem here?’ ‘Are we heading towards nominating someone by consensus who has this big problem?’ I have never in my career dealt with a presidential campaign who’s as unresponsive to basic questions.”