67-year-old Hillary Clinton has demonstrated she is very much ‘down with the kids’ and started a Twitter spat with China.
It all started last Sunday morning as the United Nations prepared for a meeting on women’s rights and equality, with one of those present being Chinese President Xi Jinping.
In fact the meeting was called to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a groundbreaking conference on the same topic in Beijing. But the summit had yet to even start when Clinton took to social media to bring its integrity into question.
The Democratic presidential candidate was protesting the mere presence of Jinping, due to he and his nation’s track record on women’s rights. As recently as March of this year China arrested five female activists who were plotting a campaign raising awareness of sexual harassment on public transport.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 27, 2015
What ensued was at times powerful, sometimes baffling, but always entertaining.
— Leta Hong Fincher洪理达 (@LetaHong) September 27, 2015
— Han Yan (@HanYanYuen) September 27, 2015
But not everyone was quite so enthusiastic.
@HillaryClinton US starts wars everywhere and claim to seek peace, shameless!
— Wenbin Zhang (@jasonhotsauce) September 27, 2015
One Chinese publication launched a scathing review of Clinton, likening her to Donald Trump of all people, attempting to stir up trouble to chase votes.
The Global Times editorial said:
Hillary was a lawyer, the former hostess of the White House, and also a senior leader in the government. It is a pity that even the former first lady has also thrown away her decency and reputation only to gain a leg up in the election.
And there was very little love for the potential first female president on home soil either.
@HillaryClinton flogging women’s rights after spending a liftetime flogging ‘bimbos’ who were sexually assaulted by her husband. Shameless.
— Bill Frezza (@BillFrezza) September 27, 2015
— Jinx (@JinxClower) September 27, 2015
And some people got a little too excited.
@HillaryClinton bomb the goddamn China!!!!!
— Channing Jacob (@jack69693283) September 28, 2015
It is worth highlighting the arrested activists have since been released on bail, but they are subject to intense state observation for at least the next year.
Is there no topic Twitter cannot degrade into a petty slanging match?