President Donald Trump mockingly begged Hillary Clinton to run against him again for the White House on Monday, saying, "Hillary, please run again!"
After Fox News reporter John Roberts noted Clinton's support for protesting NFL players who take a knee during the national anthem and Trump's own tweet about Clinton possibly running again, Trump cut over him.
"Oh, I hope Hillary runs. Is she going to run? I hope. Hillary, please run again!" Trump said in a mock pleading voice.
Trump went on to say Clinton was "wrong" about her stance on the NFL players during his wide-ranging press conference outside the White House.
Trump has consistently criticized players mimicking Colin Kaepernick's initial protest; on Monday, he suggested owners suspend players who do not stand for our "great national anthem."
Trump called Clinton's stance on the NFL protests an example of why she lost.
"I fully understand why she didn't win," he said. "There are a lot of reasons she didn't win, including the fact that she was not good at what she did. But I will tell you, that is something that I had just heard about, and I think that her statement in itself is very disrespectful to our country."
Clinton has done a wide array of print and television interviews since the release of her book What Happened on Sept. 12, which lays out her 2016 campaign experience and the facts outside her control she believes led to her surprising defeat.
Trump tweeted earlier on Monday he was recently asked whether Clinton would run again, saying, "I hope so."
I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020? My answer was, "I hope so!"
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2017