#HillaryBarks, Twitter mocks

February 16, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures as she meets with civil rights leaders at the National Urban League in the Manhattan borough of New York City, February 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

By Alana Wise and Amy Tennery

Hillary Clinton found herself in the crosshairs on social media as users poked fun at the Democratic presidential candidate for barking like a dog – literally – during a campaign speech in Nevada.

At an event in Reno, Clinton reminisced on an old Arkansas political advertisement that featured a dog that had been trained to bark at the mention of untrue political statements.

“I’m trying to figure out how we can do that with the Republicans,” she said to laughs from the crowd.

“We need to get that dog and follow them around, and every time they say these things like ‘oh, you know, the great recession was caused by too much regulation.’ Arf, arf, arf, arf!”  she said, imitating a dog’s high-pitched bark.

The viral campaign moment quickly spread across social media platforms like Twitter and Vine where the reactions were mostly negative.

Many Twitter users took to using the hashtag #HillaryBarks to mock the former secretary of state.

“‘What’s that, girl? Timmy’s future fell down the well because of your policies?’ #HillaryBarks,” tweeted Tom DCL (@TomDCL), in an apparent reference to the popular television show “Lassie.”

Others called it Clinton’s “Howard Dean moment,” a reference to the former Vermont governor’s 2004 presidential bid, which flailed after a video showed him erratically screeching into a microphone.

“Did Hillary not understand that her barking would go viral? Astonishing. #hillarybarks #HowardDeanScream #FeelTheBern,” BJW Nashe (@BJWNashe) tweeted.

Clinton remains the front-runner in many national polls over rival Bernie Sanders, but her standing has suffered in recent weeks from steep challenges in early voting states by the Vermont senator.

Democrats host their next nominating contest in Nevada on Feb. 20.

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