Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton found herself in a tight spot in Saturday's Democratic debate, which ended with her invoking 9/11 to justify her connections with Wall Street.
When presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders probed into her connections with the Wall Street, asking her "Why, over her political career, has Wall Street been a major, the major, campaign contributor to Hillary Clinton," Clinton drew up the rather unlikely correlation between Wall Street and 9/11.
"I represented New York, and I represented New York on 9/11 when we were attacked. Where were we attacked? We were attacked in downtown Manhattan where Wall Street is. I did spend a whole lot of time and effort helping them rebuild. That was good for New York. It was good for the economy, and it was a way to rebuke the terrorists who had attacked our country."
Make sense? No? Neither did it to the thousands of viewers who had tuned in to the second Democrat presidential debate.
Later in the discourse, a tweet read by anchor John Dickerson sent Clinton on the defensive.
The tweet said, "I've never seen a candidate invoke 9/11 to justify millions of Wall Street donations until now". In response, Clinton repeated her weak, incredible argument.
"Well, I'm sorry that whoever tweeted that had that impression because I worked closely with New Yorkers after 9/11 for my entire first term to rebuild. So, yes, I did know people. I've had a lot of folks give me donations from all kinds of backgrounds say, 'I don't agree with you on everything, but I like what you do. I like how you stand up. I'm going to support you.' And I think that is absolutely appropriate."
Although Sanders lauded Clinton for her dedication in rebuilding New York, he was quick to point out that as an institution, Wall Street is fraught with fraudulent practices.
"At the end of the day, Wall Street today has enormous economic and political power. Their business model is greed and fraud. And for the sake of our economy, they must — the major banks — must be broken up."
Unsurprisingly, Twitter wasn't too happy with it either:
My dad worked in WTC from the day it was built to the day it went down. @HillaryClinton, never invoke 9/11 to justify your Wall St positions— Lis Smith (@Lis_Smith) November 15, 2015
Wait, Hillary Clinton's answer is Wall Street supports me because 9/11?— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) November 15, 2015