Hillary Clinton probably wishes she hadn’t brought up Abraham Lincoln as an example of having a “public” and a “private” position on issues.
Speaking to the National Multi-Housing Council in April 2013, Clinton described how her interpretation of how Lincoln go the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery passed.
“I mean, politics is like sausage being made,” Clinton said. “It is unsavory, and it always has been that way, but we usually end up where we need to be. But if everybody’s watching, you know, all of the back room discussions and the deals, you know, then people get a little nervous, to say the least. So, you need both a public and a private position.”
When asked about this during Sunday night’s debate ( note, the moderators spared her the whole quote), Hillary again channeled Lincoln as a great example of why having two positions is OK.
Except, Donald Trump, finally hitting his stride at this point, was ready with the perfect rejoinder:
“Honest Abe never lied. That’s the difference between Abraham Lincoln and you,” Trump told Clinton.
Donald Trump’s social media manager was quick to post to Twitter even during the debate, and the reaction was swift:
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 10, 2016
— Last2ndFleetCMC (@BlackhawksCmc) October 10, 2016
— Official Team Trump (@TeamTrump) October 10, 2016