Hillary Clinton Laughs When Supporter Says He Wants to Strangle Carly Fiorina

November 10, 2015

When a supporter expressed his desire to strangle Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina, Hillary Clinton laughed along with the rest of the audience at a roundtable in Derry, New Hampshire on Tuesday.

"Every time I see her on TV I want to reach through and strangle her," the supporter sitting at the front said to Clinton. "I know that doesn’t sound very nice."

Clinton did not rebuke the supporter’s comments whatsoever, only saying, "I wouldn’t mess with you."

The incident draws parallels to a controversy one of Donald Trump’s supporters caused in September when he called President Obama a Muslim. Trump was lambasted by the media for not correcting the supporter’s statement.

Clinton rebuked Trump for not stepping up. The Democratic frontrunner told CNN she "was appalled."

"Not only was it out of bounds, it was untrue. He should have from the beginning corrected that kind of rhetoric, that level of hatefulness," Clinton said.

Clinton was rebuked in October by those in her own party for calling Republicans her enemies.

She highlighted the incident to portray the entire GOP field as angry and hate-filled. The former secretary of state called for Republicans to, "stop this descent into the kind of hateful, mean-spirited, divisive rhetoric that we have seen too much of."

The candidate did not stop there. She suggested that she would have handled things differently.

"But if that person would have been at my event, I would have called him out on it," Clinton said. "And I would have said from the very beginning that has no place in a political discussion like the one we are trying to have here. And not only it is out of place and wrong, it is totally factually untrue. And to quite impugning the integrity of the president."

It is not initially clear which part of strangling a woman Clinton did not find to be, "out of place and wrong."

Update 7:00pm 
The RNC released a statement concerning Clinton laughing off a male questioner's statement that he would like to strangle the only other female candidate running for president.
"By laughing off a male questioner’s desire to strangle Carly Fiorina, Hillary Clinton and the Democrats have lost all credibility claiming to be a party that stands up for women. Jokes about committing acts of violence against women are always in poor taste and should be condemned every time.
"Hillary Clinton routinely exhibits the worst kind of hypocrisy on women’s issues, whether it’s launching attacks on equal pay despite paying women less than men in her Senate office or her foundation’s acceptance of millions of dollars from foreign governments that oppress women’s rights. It’s clear women just can’t count on Hillary Clinton to stand up for them.  She should apologize immediately."