Hillary Clinton Sums Up Her Feelings About Donald Trump's Indictment In Three Words

Former president Donald Trump has been indicted for a second time. This news comes months after he was indicted for paying Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their affair and weeks after being found liable for abuse in a lawsuit filed by E. Jean Carroll. Trump is facing federal charges for mishandling classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. One individual who appears to be relishing in his legal woes is Trump's longtime nemesis and former presidential competitor, Hillary Clinton.

Clinton used the news as an opportunity to advertise a specific piece of her merchandise on Twitter — a hat that reads, "But Her Emails." The hat retails for $32 and is sold by Onward Together. Clinton explained on Twitter that the organization is "working to strengthen our democracy." "But Her Emails" is, of course, a reference to Clinton's 2016 email scandal. Clinton came under fire and was investigated by the FBI for using a private email server while she was secretary of state. 

Like Trump, she was accused of mishandling classified information. The email scandal was ultimately used against Clinton while she ran for president against Trump in 2016. Much to Trump's chagrin, Clinton was later cleared of any wrongdoing. However, this isn't the first time Clinton has poked fun at Trump using this same hat.

The history of Hillary Clinton using 'But Her Emails' against Trump

In February 2022, ahead of the October publication of "Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America," author Maggie Haberman revealed that Trump had allegedly flushed documents in the White House, causing the toilets to clog. In light of the news, Clinton posted a photo of herself in a "But Her Emails" hat on Instagram. The caption read, "Just in time for Galentine's Day, and the news that Trump was flushing documents down White House toilets ... ⁣"

When Mar-a-Lago- was raided by the FBI in August of that year, Clinton once again took to social media to sell her "But Her Emails" hat. She wrote on Instagram, "Every 'But her emails' hat or shirt sold helps Onward Together partners defend democracy, build a progressive bench, and fight for our values.⁣ Just saying!⁣" That said, Trump took to Truth Social after the raid and gave his point of view on the situation. He said (via Poynter), "Hillary Clinton was allowed to delete and acid wash 33,000 emails AFTER they were subpoenaed by Congress," before adding, "Absolutely nothing has happened to hold her accountable." 

In June 2023, Trump's former lawyer Timothy Parlatore told NBC News that the two cases had parallels and that he believed that Trump, like Clinton, would face no legal repercussions for his actions. But this was not to be for Trump, who has been hit with 37 charges in his classified documents case.

Clinton's post is getting plenty of attention (and it's not all good)

As anyone who's been following the feud between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump knows, both sides of the line don't hold back when they have something to say about their opponent. The comments section of Clinton's social media posts for her "But Her Emails" hat further proves this statement. Her Instagram comments are filled with supporters praising her merch as witty. One excited user wrote, "Nice! He is finally getting what's coming to him. Lock him up!" Even celebrities chimed in, with comedian Chelsea Handler sharing a more wistful comment than the previous user. She wrote, "I wish you could just be the President. After everything we've been through."

Not everyone had good things to say about Clinton's advertising technique, though. A parody news outlet called The Babylon Bee replied to Clinton's pinned tweet with an article titled, "Hillary Clinton Boasts Of Having No Classified Documents From Her Time As President," in a satirical manner. Another user responded with a tweet saying, "Gloating about getting away with crime isn't the win you think it is...."

One of Trump's main lines of attack against the former Democrat presidential nominee was Clinton's alleged mishandling of classified documents. But with his recent indictment, figures in the media are rallying behind Clinton and pointing out Trump's hypocrisy. CNN host Jake Tapper laid out clips of Trump during his 2016 presidential campaign where the former president stated repeatedly that he would enforce laws concerning the protection of classified information.