In light of today’s bombshell stories, I think we need a little comedic relief.
Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide Philippe Reines has shared a video of himself almost violently hugging his boss, showing how Clinton’s campaign had prepared the then-presidential candidate for Donald Trump’s notoriously forceful handshakes.
In the video, Reines, pretending to be Trump, greets Clinton on stage for a friendly embrace. Clinton reacts by grabbing Reines’ hand and then running away. Reines chases Clinton, jokingly hugging her as she tries to escape.
Reines, who stood in for Trump in the Clinton campaign’s debate prep sessions, seemingly shared the video of prep for what he dubbed “the unwanted Trump hug” in response to a story from Benjamin Wittes, the editor of the blog Lawfare and a self-described “friend” of ousted FBI Director James Comey.
Not easy to avoid the unwanted Trump hug, sometimes it even takes practice…
A favorite moment from debate prep (9/24/16): pic.twitter.com/JAAHaqKFoa
— Philippe Reines (@PhilippeReines) May 19, 2017
Due to the quality of the video it is hard to tell if it is actually Clinton herself, however, one Twitter commenter asked Reines if the video shows Clinton herself or a stand-in, to which he responded, “That’s her, in the flesh.”
Clinton enjoyed the video so much, she tweeted about it:
I burst out laughing when I saw this video this morning. Hope it brightens your day. https://t.co/CEcdoaQUuC
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 19, 2017
Reines said the video was taken Sept. 24, just two days before the first presidential debate, which was held Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in New York.
Oh, how I miss those days.