The Hillary Clinton/social media ride clearly has no brakes! This time around though, she’s not trying to appeal to the kind of people who use Twitter and Facebook; now she’s going for the nostalgia of a slightly older set, namely fans of a classic film from the 1980s!
On Facebook, the Democratic presidential candidate shared a link to an article on her personal website that presented an interesting theory: that Republicans are taking policy ideas from the 1987 film The Princess Bride. Based on a 1973 novel of the same name, the movie is a cult classic full of romance, adventure, and unforgettable (and easily quotable) characters. Using GIFs of some of the more memorable lines and scenes from the movie, the author suggests that Republicans are basing their policies on misinterpretations of the movie and explains “what we can do to stop them.”
The Facebook post for the article received over 4,000 likes and more than 300 shares. However—and this really shouldn’t surprise anyone at this point—a large portion of the close to 600 comments were people being negative towards the idea of the one-time First Lady ever getting to sit in her husband’s former office. Many claimed that Clinton was stealing ideas from fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders, while others once again took offense to Clinton’s failure to address more important issues like the economy and climate change, instead choosing to endorse a piece about a movie for (what we hope are) comedic purposes.
For what it’s worth, very few of the derogatory posts addressed the article at all and a lot of the people accusing Clinton of lying and cheating did not provide any sort of evidence, so maybe when they keep using the word “dishonest,” that word does not mean what they think it means? In other words, these comments should be taken with a grain of salt.
That being said, Hillary Clinton was not without her usual supporters. One follower hilariously noted that “The GOP would only win in a fairy tale land, anyway.” If she can just find a way to increase the number of comments like this, maybe Clinton having a mostly positive reception to a social media post wouldn’t be so inconceivable!