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Republicans mock Clinton for saying she's held to a higher 'Hillary standard'

Twitter users weigh in with their own definitions of the #HillaryStandard following 60 Minutes interview

Avneet Dhillon - CBC News

July 25, 2016

A delegate wearing a mask of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as well as handcuffs and a prison jumpsuit, appears on the convention floor on the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 21, 2016. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton said she's held to a different standard than anyone else as the subject of "inaccurate, mean-spirited attacks." Republicans agree there's a double standard — but for entirely different reasons. 

Clinton and her running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, appeared on 60 Minutes on Sunday evening. When asked about the corruption claims that have plagued her campaign, Clinton said she receives unfair treatment. 

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Hillary standard

This was Clinton's definition of the "Hillary standard":

"It is ... unfounded, inaccurate, mean-spirited attacks with no basis in truth, reality, which take on a life of their own."

She also commented on the calls to "lock her up" at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, criticizing the tone of the event. 

"I don't know what their convention was about other than criticizing me," Clinton said. "I seem to be the only unifying theme. There was no positive agenda."

After the interview aired, Republicans began offering their own definitions of the #HillaryStandard.

Mistakes and responsibility

With the recent WikiLeaks scandal and DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's resignation — and subsequent hiring on Clinton's campaign — critics say Clinton is failing to take responsibility for her actions.

But many Clinton supporters believe there is, in fact, a double standard when it comes to attacks against the candidate.

To prove the point, one Twitter user posted a video of Donald Trump with his running mate Mike Pence. Asked why he doesn't care that Pence voted for the war in Iraq, when he has used Clinton's vote for the war as an example of her bad judgment, Trump said: "He's entitled to make a mistake every once in a while.

"But she's not."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Avneet Dhillon

Avneet Dhillon is a multi-platform journalist based in Toronto. She is currently working as an Associate Producer at The National and CBC Radio's As It Happens.

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