Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton jokingly suggested that she would be a U.S. president for this Halloween holiday. The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee has been touring with a new book offering her personal assessment of her electoral loss to President Donald Trump.
On Oct. 30, Clinton was interviewed at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago while promoting her campaign memoir, titled "What Happened." When asked what she planned to be for Halloween, the former Democratic nominee paused before giving a cheeky answer.
"I have to start thinking about it," Clinton said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "I think I will maybe come as the president!"
Clinton also spoke on serious matters, asserting that it was important that the Russian government face consequences for allegedly mounting an influence campaign during the 2016 election.
"The Russians are still playing on anything they can to turn Americans against one another," Clinton said.
Clinton also commented on special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates, along with the guilty plea by former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos for lying to the FBI about his contact with Russian sources during the 2016 election.
"I'll leave it to the investigators to decide whether or not there was collusion or conspiracy, but we don't need a lengthy investigation to tell us that Trump is ignoring the intelligence community and an urgent threat ... We know everything we need to know, we just have to make sure that members of Congress do their jobs and hold the president accountable," Clinton said, according to CBS News.
Clinton's quip arrived on the same evening that Fox News host Sean Hannity mistakenly referred to her as "President Clinton" during a segment on the Mueller probe.
According to NBC journalist Alex Seitz-Wald, Clinton joked during her interview: "All the networks except Fox are reporting what's really going on ... It appears they don't know I'm not president."
Since re-emerging on the national stage after her election defeat, Clinton has made a series of jokes about the 2016 race.
On Oct. 28, pollster Nate Silver took to social media to note that it was the one-year anniversary of the day that former FBI Director James Comey announced that he was reopening his probe into Clinton's use of a private email server while serving in the State Department, according to The Hill.
"Oh is that today?" Clinton tweeted jokingly to Silver.
Comey closed the investigation again shortly before the 2016 election. Clinton has repeatedly asserted that Comey's announcement was a fatal blow for her campaign.
On Oct. 31, a survey conducted by the National Retail Foundation found that 2.2 percent of national adults planned to wear politically-themed costumes for Halloween.
"Normally, political costumes trend during presidential elections ... This is the first time in our survey we see political characters as one of the top 15 costumes of choice for adults, post a presidential election year," NRF spokesperson Ana Smith told NPR.