US Election 2016

US election 2016: Clinton deadpans in Between Two Ferns interview

Hillary Clinton on Between Two Ferns - with caption identifying her as 'Hilary Clinton - had pneumonia' Image copyright Funny or Die
Image caption The caption introducing Hillary Clinton mis-spelled her name and referred to her recent bout of illness

Hillary Clinton has used a comedy interview to skewer presidential rival Donald Trump, and allowed herself to be the subject of plenty of jokes as well.

The Democratic presidential candidate appeared with actor Zach Galifianakis on the online comedy show Between Two Ferns.

She follows in the footsteps of President Barack Obama, who appeared on the show, streamed on the Funny Or Die website, in 2014.

For the most part, the former secretary of state remained deadpan while Galifianakis, star of The Hangover, delivered the punchlines.

Here are some of the notable exchanges between the pair:

On her role as secretary of state

Galifianakis: "As secretary, how many words per minute could you type? And how does President Obama like his coffee? Like himself? Weak?"

Clinton: "You know, Zach, those are really out-of-date questions. You need to get out more."


On racism

Galifianakis: "Let's talk about Trump."

Clinton: "Oh let's."

Galifianakis: "When you see how well it works for Donald Trump, do you ever think to yourself, 'Oh maybe I should be more racist'?"

Clinton: [shakes head, smiles]


On being a trailblazer

Galifianakis: "Are you excited about being the first girl president?"

Clinton: "Well, I mean being president is an extraordinary honour and responsibility, but being the first woman elected president and what that would mean for our country and particularly what that would mean, not just for little girls but little boys too, that's pretty special."

Galifianakis: "Not to take away from the historic significance of becoming the first female president, but for a younger, younger generation, you will also become their first white president, and that's pretty neat too."

Image copyright Funny or Die
Image caption The tongue-in-cheek show takes place literally between two ferns

On what to wear for the debates

Galifianakis: Do you wonder what your opponent might be wearing?"

Clinton: "I assume he will be wearing that red power tie."

Galifianakis: "Or maybe a White Power tie?"

Clinton: "That's even more appropriate."


On a Trump presidency

Galifianakis: "When he is elected president are you going to move to Canada?"

Clinton: "I would stay in the United States, I would try to prevent him destroying the United States."

Galifianakis: "So you are going to lead the civil war?"

Clinton: "No, I would not take up arms, I think that might be a little extreme."

Galifianakis: "Right, because you were saying before we were rolling that you wanted to take away everyone's guns."

(Mr Trump has repeatedly said his rival wants to abolish the Second Amendment, something the Clinton campaign has denied)


On plagiarism

Galifianakis: "When you went to Donald Trump's wedding, did he write his own vows? And did Michelle Obama write Melania's?"

Clinton: "Umm, I really couldn't see or hear very well, so I'm not quite sure what his vows were. But I'm sure they were 'great' and 'huge' and 'wonderful'."


On Clinton email scandal

Galifianakis: "Well, this has been a lot of fun, Mrs Clinton, we should stay in touch. What's the best way to reach you? Email?"

Clinton: [looks annoyed; sighs]

(You can read moreon the context of this joke here)


Donald Trump, who has made his own appearances on comedy shows, has not yet responded to Mrs Clinton's jokes.

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