During a campaign stop in New Hampshire today, Hillary Clinton was confused by what it meant for something to “go viral.”
The New York Times reports (emphasis added):
When a voter approached her at a polling station at Parker Varney School in Manchester, N.H., on Tuesday to ask for a picture, he explained that his friend had taken a selfie with the former first lady on Monday and he was jealous because the shot ‘went viral.’
‘You went viral?’ Mrs. Clinton said to the man’s friend. ‘That sounds like some kind of disease.’
It’s no surprise that the grandma-turned-presidential-candidate has a hard time keeping up with everyday lingo the kids use nowadays. During her tenure as secretary of State, she had a hard time working her computer and accessing her emails on it.
In 2009, Clinton’s chief of staff at the State Department said in an email to another staffer that the then-secretary did not know how to access email from her computer, moving her to share classified intel and risk countless American lives by using a private, unsecured email server on her Blackberry, The Hill reported.
Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, told State Department official Lewis Lukens that there could be a ‘problem,’ because Clinton ‘does not know how to use a computer to do email — only [Blackberry],’ he wrote in a 2009 email released on Monday. ‘But I said [it] would not take much training to get her up to speed,’ he claimed.
This isn’t the first time technology has gotten the better of Clinton. She once fought and lost a one-woman battle with a fax machine, which resulted in requiring assistance from an aide, before ultimately giving up on sending that fax.
Her incompetence in general and dependency upon her staff for even basic things is documented in numerous emails the government has released to the public as part of an investigation into her habit of using a private, unsecured email account to send and receive classified information while she was fourth in line for the presidency.
Her longtime aide Huma Abedin revealed in an email in 2013 that Clinton was “often confused.”
Clinton has tried her best to seem young and hip in an effort to appeal to young voters. She has even garnered support from celebrities like Lena Dunham and Ellen DeGeneres, but sometimes, her out-of-touch, old lady ways get the better of her.
During a campaign stop earlier this week, Clinton attempted dance with some women at a rally, but ended up awkwardly bumping against several of the women while flailing her arms in the air.