Punching back

Clinton zings Trump with hilarious response to his Twitter criticism of her new book

Hillary Clinton (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

In an appearance on BBC’s The Graham Norton Show, Hillary Clinton joked with the popular TV host about Donald Trump’s aggressive Twitter response to the publication of her new book, What Happened.

“Crooked Hillary Clinton blames everybody (and every thing) but herself for her election loss. She lost the debates and lost her direction!” Trump wrote in one of his typically incendiary posts.

Clinton’s response? To point out that she had also written a children’s book, It Takes a Village that might help him learn “some good lessons … about working together to solve problems.” It was a very funny moment. Watch below.

Trump’s criticism of What Happened came just a day after the book was published — given his presidential duties, it’s unclear how he had time to read and digest all of What Happened in one night. Conceivably, Trump might also have found it easier to read a children’s book with pictures to explain concepts — such as dignity, or leadership — that he might otherwise find challenging.

In the interview, Clinton also claimed that she “really tried to get out of going” to Trump’s inauguration.

“We thought maybe others aren’t going. So we called the Bushes, and the elder Bushes were in the hospital — which I think was legitimate,” she joked. But in the end, she said, as a former first lady she had to attend in order to uphold her responsibility “to show support, continuity, of our government.” Clinton also spoke with Norton about Trump’s “dangerous” Twitter war with Kim Jong-Un, which she described as “catnip” for the attention-seeking North Korean dictator, as well as his delayed response to the crisis in Puerto Rico.

Watch that clip below.

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