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Hillary Clinton Couldn’t Resist This Cringeworthy Pun About Trump’s Many Failed Businesses

There’s a good chance that at least one snarky Millennial is currently serving Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as a speechwriter, a social media intern, or both. Earlier this month, the presumptive Democratic nominee’s Twitter account told Republican rival Donald Trump to delete his account, resulting in a veritable cavalcade of internet trollery. Even potential running mate Elizabeth Warren got in on the action, telling Trump to do the same after the presumptive Republican nominee began insulting her. Which leads us to Tuesday, June 21, when Clinton zinged the New York real estate mogul’s business record during a speech in Ohio.

“Donald Trump has said he’s qualified to be president because of his business record,” Clinton told the crowd. “So let’s take a look at what he did for his business. He’s written a lot of books about business. They all seem to end at Chapter 11.”

The audience cheered, Clinton smiled and nodded her head in humorous agreement, and the hypothetical speechwriter-cum-tweeter-cum-flannel enthusiast earned an immediate raise. Especially when Clinton’s official Twitter account simultaneously tweeted the Chapter 11 gag.

As of this writing, it boasts over 9,000 retweets and 15,000 likes, so the party responsible can probably afford flannel made from humanely raised wool. Meanwhile, the Trump campaign couldn’t resist the urge to respond to Clinton’s joke with nine tweets. Why? Because this is the Donald, so one wouldn’t be enough:

Hell, he even threw in a short video on Instagram:

Meanwhile, the rest of Twitter — #ImWithHer Millennials and Trump trolls alike — decided to weigh in on Clinton’s comedic skills (or lack thereof):

A personal favorite, however, was NBC News foreign Correspondent Kary Tur’s simple-yet-efficient tweet:

No one-liners, followups or insults. Just 11 characters repeating the “Chapter 11” phrase from Clinton’s joke, thereby ensuring her post would garner some good SEO and a place in lists like this one.

(Via NBC News and Hillary Clinton on Twitter)

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