For the most part, politicians are known for keeping their cool, especially when the cameras are running. That is particularly true of career politician Hillary Clinton, who got very close to becoming president of the United States of America.
She lost to Donald Trump, a man who constantly got angry on camera. Many felt that Clinton and Trump had nothing in common. However, Hillary has gotten quite angry on camera on more than one occasion!
Don’t believe it? Here is a breakdown of Hillary’s angriest moments caught on camera.
Hillary calls a Black Lives Matter protester “rude”
Remember when we said Hillary Clinton was a career politician? One of the hazards of that is that what she said at earlier stages of her career always has the potential to come back and haunt her.
At a private fundraiser in South Carolina in 2016, Hillary was confronted by a Black Lives Matter protester holding up a sign saying “We need to bring them to heel.”
This is a reference to a speech of Hillary’s from 1996, when she spoke in support of the 1994 federal crime bill that imposed harsher prison sentences on many offenders. In that speech, Hillary called gang members “superpredators” and said, “We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first, we have to bring them to heel.”
“I’m not a superpredator, Hillary Clinton,” protester Ashley Williams said when she confronted Hillary in 2016. “Will you apologize to black people for mass incarceration?”
But instead of apologizing, a flustered Clinton called the protester “rude” and had her escorted away from the event.
Hillary gets heckled about Bill Clinton’s alleged assault
Interestingly, calling someone “rude” seems to be a pattern for Hillary Clinton. In January 2016, Hillary held a town hall meeting in New Hampshire to campaign for president.
However, she wasn’t expecting to be confronted by Republican New Hampshire State Representative Katherine Prudhomme-O’Brien, who kept interrupting Hillary from the audience. She tried to ask Hillary about her husband’s relationship with Juanita Broderick, a woman who alleged that Bill Clinton raped her in 1999.
By the third interruption, Hillary was noticeably angry, calling Prudhomme-O’Brien “very rude” and saying she would never take her questions.
Hillary handles climate activists
Not all of Hillary’s angry moments involve hecklers. Take for instance this moment from a previous town hall in New Hampshire in July 2015. It all started with a polite question about Hillary not taking enough action to protect against climate change.
As Hillary tried to give a wishy-washy answer, the person who asked the question began leading a chant of “Act on climate!” Hillary tried to reassure everyone that it was okay and that she believed in acting on climate. However, her face shows strains of agitation, possibly because she realized that her canned answers weren’t going to cut it with this complex question.
Hillary narrowly dodges a shoe thrown at her head
Hillary Clinton may have lost her presidential election, but she does have something unexpected in common with former President George W. Bush: both of them had to dodge a shoe being thrown at their head!
In this clip from April 2014, Clinton was giving a paid speech at a Las Vegas casino to a recycling organization. But suddenly, a shoe comes flying at her head, thrown by an angry woman who was not affiliated with the organization.
Luckily for Clinton, the shoe missed her. This caused Clinton to sarcastically comment, “Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”
Things get bad about Benghazi
Most of the moments on this list involve Hillary Clinton being angry at hecklers. Every now and then, though, her anger was directed toward her colleagues in Congress.
For example, this clip shows Clinton during January 2013 appearance before Congress to discuss Benghazi. Republican politicians were trying to blame Clinton for the loss of life at the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi in September 2012.
It was Republican Sen. Ron Johnson who finally got Clinton to lose her cool. He pressed her on why the administration initially, and incorrectly, said the attack sprang from a protest instead of being a pre-planned assault. An exasperated Clinton replies, “What difference at this point does it make? It is our job to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.”
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Hillary is not here to channel her husband
When Hillary Clinton was running for president, she generally got a bit more reserved in her public appearances. Back when she was Secretary of State, though, she wasn’t afraid to go off on somebody when she didn’t like a question.
That’s what happened at this town hall event in Africa in August 2009. When a Congolese university student asked her what former President Bill Clinton thought about a deal between China and Democratic Republic of Congo., Hillary angrily shut the question down.
“My husband is not the secretary of state,” she said. “I am.”
She continued, “You want me to tell you what my husband thinks? If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband.”
Roping in the press (literally)
Politicians typically have a “love/hate” relationship with the press. But based on this video, we’re pretty sure Hillary’s relationship is “hate/hate.”
During this New Hampshire July 4th event in 2015, Hillary had reporters roped a good 20 feet away from her. We can only imagine how angry she was at these reporters that caused her to unleash these terrible optics on the board.
Hillary is “so sick” of Bernie Sanders
There was never any love lost between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Normally, though, Hillary kept her cool when talking about Bernie.
When a Greenpeace activist began asking Clinton about taking money from fossil fuel companies, she vehemently denied it. Hillary practically shrieked in the person’s face that she was “so sick of the Sanders campaign lying about me. I’m sick of it.”
As NPR later reported, Bernie Sanders shot back by saying, “The truth is that Secretary Clinton has relied heavily on funds from lobbyists working for the oil, gas and coal industry.”
Fact-checkers verified that she did receive funding from these groups but, in comparison to how much more she received from other donations, it would be quite a stretch to say she “relied heavily” on these donations.
Channeling anger into passion
Every now and then, Hillary Clinton didn’t stop at getting angry. Instead, she managed to channel that anger into real passion.
This video from a November 2016 rally in Fort Lauderdale, Florida is a great example of that. A protester holds up a sign saying “Bill Clinton is a rapist” on one side and “Hillary Clinton is a criminal” on the other.
In response, Hillary channels her anger into a passionate speech with about the “divisive” and “dangerous” behavior of her political opponents and their supporters.