Hillary Just Called "The Iranians" Her Enemies

Hillary may be the winner of the first Democratic presidential debate, but one of her answers upset a lot of Iranians.

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.

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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:

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.

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