Tuesday marks the seven-year anniversary of Hillary Clinton telling a campaign crowd that on a 1996 trip to Bosnia she came under sniper fire and was forced to run for cover.
“I remember landing under sniper fire,” Clinton said during a George Washington University campaign event on March 17, 2008. “There was supposed to be some kind of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
Clinton added that the feeling in the White House at the time of her visit was “if a place was too small, too poor, or too dangerous, the president couldn’t go, so send the First Lady.”
Clinton’s claim was found to be false. The Washington Post noted that “a review of more than 100 news stories from the time documented no security threats to the First Lady.”
The claim was also refuted by actor Sinbad, who once played a secret service agent in a movie and joined Clinton on her 1996 trip to Bosnia.
Sinbad said there were no bullets being shot at them, and that the only scary part of the trip was deciding where they were going to eat.
“I think the only ‘red-phone’ moment was: ‘Do we eat here or at the next place,'” Sinbad said in 2008. “I never felt that I was in a dangerous position. I never felt being in a sense of peril, or ‘Oh, God, I hope I’m going to be OK when I get out of this helicopter or when I get out of his tank.’”
Clinton was ridiculed for exaggerating her trip to Bosnia. This video was made to reflect how Clinton saw her trip.
A week after the campaign event, Clinton admitted she mischaracterized her trip.
“So I made a mistake. That happens. It shows I’m human, which for some people is a revelation,” Clinton said.