It’s hard out there for a presidential candidate.
For Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other presidential candidates, dealing with a rope line of supporters can be an intense, time consuming, and almost surreal affair.
Footage captured outside of a Clinton campaign event last May demonstrates this.
The video was filmed by a so-called tracker for the conservative opposition research PAC America Rising.
Partisan entities like campaigns and PACs often send these trackers to film events featuring their opponents, giving them footage that can be used to catch candidates flip-flopping, making gaffes, or otherwise engaging in politically toxic behaviour.
The footage of Clinton’s event, which was provided to Business Insider on Monday, doesn’t capture anything remotely nefarious. However, it does provide an interesting window into Clinton’s life now that she’s a candidate for higher office again.
The video is from May 22, when Clinton had just attended a small business forum at the Smuttynose Brewing Company in Hampton, New Hampshire. Clinton can be seen addressing supporter after supporter in a long line, trying to handle their wide range of requests.
As is common on the campaign trail these days, many fans expect selfies with the candidate. One Clinton supporter, however, insisted on a traditional photo and the former secretary of state appeared to have been preparing for a selfie caught off guard:
Clinton is also clearly used to being manhandled by her fans in different ways. As she walks down the line in the video, supporters hug her, grab her arm, shake her hand, and grab her back to pull her in for photos — often with little warning to the Democratic candidate.
Additionally, Clinton is used to deploying her own crowd-control techniques, repeatedly telling some supporters to mind their place in line. She also manages autograph requests. While signing baseballs, photos, and books, Clinton tells several people who request her signature that they can get “just one.”
America Rising was most amused by one of these crowd-management moments. In a video clip the conservative group promoted Monday, Clinton is seen telling some possible line-cutters, “Go to the end of the line. Why don’t you go to the end of the line?”
The group’s executive director, Colin Reed, claimed that the exchange was symbolic of Clinton’s larger campaign, which has been criticised for its lack of transparency.
“Maybe these New Hampshire voters would have better luck getting Secretary Clinton’s attention if they wrote a six-figure check to the Clinton Foundation or were a highly-vetted political activist at one of her staged campaign events,” Reed sniped in a statement.
Here’s the full video. (Clinton herself appears about 9 minutes in.)
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