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Hillary Clinton holds a Russian hat known as a ushanka. (YouTube / Yale)


Clinton takes jab at Trump with hat she brought to speech for Yale grads

By WITW Staff on May 21, 2018

Hillary Clinton delivered a speech to Yale University graduates on Sunday in Connecticut, at the “Class Day” event. Class Day is typically a staid event that is tempered with some levity by a tradition in which students and faculty wear silly hats.

“I see, looking out at you, that you’re following the tradition of over-the-top hats,” Clinton told the graduates. “So, I brought a hat too.” The former Democratic presidential nominee then, nodding her head as the audience applauded, pulled a large hat from beneath the podium and said, “A Russian hat.” According to Business Insider, the hat is known as an ushanka. Clinton held the piece of headgear up and smiled as the Yale grads and their parents gave an extended round of applause. She even nearly put it on her head, but then said, “I mean, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!”

Though she never mentioned Trump by name, the hat was a clear jab at her former campaign opponent and the investigation into whether Trump colluded with Russia while he was running for president. The election was a topic that Clinton brought up multiple times during the speech, particularly when she talked about grappling with the outcome. “No, I’m not over it,” she told the audience. “I still think about the 2016 election. I still regret the mistakes I made.” She added, “Today, as a person, I’m OK, but as an American, I’m concerned,” a sentiment she first expressed at the 2017 Women in the World New York Summit.

But, Clinton was able to find humor in the outcome too, at one point telling the class of 2018, “I am thrilled for all of you — even the three of you who live in Michigan and didn’t request your absentee ballots in time.”


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