It was a big night for Hillary Clinton. She was, as it turned out, the clear winner of the first Democratic presidential face-off hosted by CNN.
Despite debate moderator Anderson Cooper’s various attempts to get her off her script, Clinton wisely used the platform to provide a more convincing rationale to voters as to why she should be the next president of the United States.
Overall, Clinton turned in a brilliant performance. However, one of her answers upset a lot of people, especially Iranians.
When moderators asked the the Democratic candidates, “Which enemy are you most proud of?” here’s what the former U.S. secretary of state and ex-U.S. senator replied:
“Well, in addition to the NRA, the health insurance companies, the drug companies…the Iranians…. probably the Republicans.”
While it may seem an innocuous statement, for many Iranian citizens, it is quite the contrary.
There is a huge difference between the term Iran and Iranians. While former in political jargon means the Iranian government, latter is used to refer to the people of Iran.
If Clinton says she is proud of being least liked by the Iranian regime or being enemies with it, then it somewhat makes sense.
But, as it is, she didn’t use the term Iran, she said “Iranians” – and it has understandably confused as well as outraged many Iranians who are criticizing Clinton of viewing all of them as “enemies.”
Here are some of the reactions on Twitter:
I'm confused, did Hilary just say the Iranians are an enemy? Please clarify. #DemDebate— Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (@mindthechasm) October 14, 2015
.@LynnieFlynnie I'm pretty sure she said she's "most proud" of having the Iranians as enemies.— Maboud Ebrahimzadeh (@mindthechasm) October 14, 2015
Clinton, proud of making enemies of Iranians for imposing sanctions for no reason and threatening to 'obliterate' them, is an awful person.— Nima Shirazi (@WideAsleepNima) October 14, 2015
Hillary casually dropping "the Iranians" in her enemy list is exactly why she should not be president— Hallowed Ween (@samknight1) October 14, 201
Bragging about making an enemy of "the Iranians" is the sort of ham-fisted hawkery that Clinton needs to fix. Doesn't impress anyone.— Matt Duss (@mattduss) October 14, 201
Are we gunna ignore the fact that Hilary said she was proud that she made enemies of Iranians?— . (@Adolfoxo_) October 14, 2015
Notable that Hillary spoke of "the Iranians" as her enemy. Not a hawkish audience, but she said it anyway.— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) October 14, 2015
There are some who believe it was an ill-phrased answer. But the sooner Clinton clarifies, the better.
Tarring the regime and the people of Iran with the same brush is obviously offensive. And being the former secretary of state, Clinton should know better.