HRC turned down the HRC

October 2, 2015

Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton turned down the opportunity to provide the keynote address at the Human Rights Campaign’s National Dinner in favor of appearing on this week’s Saturday Night Live, according to a New York Times report.

Yes, in an inception-esque moment of acronymic happenstance– HRC (as in Hillary Rodham Clinton) passed on the HRC.

The Times reported Clinton had been extended the offer to give the keynote address at the 19th annual Washington gala on Saturday for the Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights advocacy and lobbying group in the country, but opted instead to go for the SNL cold open alongside veteran Clinton impersonator Kate McKinnon.

SNL is one of the most important television spots for political types, affording them a chance to showcase their comedic chops and poke fun at themselves in a setting appealing to voters– a golden opportunity for Clinton, who has been dogged by an email controversy and barbs at her perceived stiff, rehearsed posture.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens during the Boston Community Forum on Substance Abuse in Boston, Massachusetts October 1, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

In lieu of the dinner, Clinton will give remarks at an HRC event on Saturday morning.

But, Clinton or no Clinton, the show must go on, and the HRC found a keynote speaker in none other than former Obama administration colleague and potential 2016 upset, Vice President Joe Biden.

“Vice President Biden has stood up for the rights of all Americans to live their lives free from discrimination and fear throughout his remarkable career, and he’s a true champion of LGBT equality,” said HRC President Chad Griffin, in a post on the organization’s website.

In 2012, Biden famously announced his support for gay marriage days ahead of his boss, President Barack Obama, and several months before Clinton announced her support on the issue in 2013.

The gay community will be a key constituency in the upcoming presidential election, and a bid from Biden could further complicate Clinton’s run.

The Clinton campaign did not return a request for comment.

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