2016 race

Hillary Clinton joins Instagram with pantsuit joke, draws ire of Carly Fiorina PAC

Plus, Hillary is adding an Olympic medalist to her staff

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It’s hard to believe the juggernaut that is Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign hasn’t been on Instagram all this time. But Clinton ameliorated that oversight on Wednesday with her inaugural post on the popular photo-sharing site. The Democratic frontrunner shared an image showing a clothing rack with red, white and blue pantsuits hanging on it, accompanied by the words: ‘Hard choices.” Supporters welcomed her warmly as she racked up more than 37,000 followers and thousands of ‘likes’ in the post’s first five hours.

One group, however, wasn’t amused by Clinton’s cheeky foray into photo sharing. The folks at Carly Fiorina’s Super PAC were quick to fire off a retort. “Carly Fiorina has laid out her positions on actual hard choices — whether on how to stop ISIS or how to re-invent government to actually make it work for the people it serves,” the group said in a statement on Wednesday, according to The Weekly Standard. “Carly understands that our nation is at a pivotal point and we need a true leader in the Oval Office who understands the real hard choices Americans are currently facing. The American people want a genuine leader with real solutions to make our country better — not another member of the professional political class who thinks pantsuits are a ‘hard choice,” the statement concluded.

The Instagram launch is hardly the only news for team Clinton. In another development, the Clinton campaign is adding an Olympic medalist to its staff. Former figure skater and Olympic medal winner Michelle Kwan will be working at the Clinton campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, The New York Times reported. Kwan confirmed the news with a post on Twitter saying she is “honored” to be joining the Clinton campaign.

She’ll focus on directing campaign surrogates to engage voters on issues pertinent to working families. During Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, Kwan worked as a U.S. public diplomacy envoy at the State Department.

attends the Forbes' 2015 Philanthropy Summit Awards Dinner on June 3, 2015 in New York City.

Bill Clinton attends the Forbes’ 2015 Philanthropy Summit Awards Dinner on June 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Finally, Bill Clinton suggested that if Hillary is elected president, his days collecting lucrative speaking fees are likely over, Politico reported on Wednesday. “No, I don’t think so,” Clinton responded when a reporter questioned him on the possibility. Clinton went on to defend money accepted by the Clinton Global Initiative, for which the Clintons have come under intense scrutiny as Hillary has launched her White House bid.

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