A photo of Hillary Clinton and a woman she met on a hike began to raise questions even as MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell gushed over the defeated presidential nominee’s “resilience.”
Margot Gerster reportedly ran into Clinton on a hiking trail in New York and posted a photo of her chance encounter on Facebook.
Margot Gerster from Chappaqua, New York Ran Into Bill & Hillary Clinton While Hiking Today pic.twitter.com/ykrUCZUNEQ
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 11, 2016
She spoke to Mitchell on Friday about the moment she just happened to run into Clinton along with husband Bill walking their dogs in the woods in Chappaqua.
“I told her, you know, that I watched her concession speech and I was incredibly moved by it and I was very proud to take my daughter with me to vote for her. And I think she appreciated that a lot and she hugged me, which, you know, was amazing,” Gerster said.
But was the encounter so random after all?
Margot Gerster, the woman who happened to bump into Hillary hiking, has worked on Hillary’s campaign. It was no coincidence. pic.twitter.com/4Kjf3rFMR9
— andieiam (@andieiamwhoiam) November 11, 2016
That Hillary Clinton ‘hiking’ picture that’s doing the rounds? It was staged by a close personal friend. She just can’t stop lying. pic.twitter.com/nuGxmLbTuL
— BarnyCelt (@BarnyCelt) November 11, 2016
— AP (@tonyspam) November 12, 2016
In a piece written about the photo, New York magazine linked to Gerster’s Facebook page which has been deleted. So the question remains about whether the photo opportunity was staged or not.
Hillary Clinton, and her house pets in the media, just naturally lie about everything: big, small and microscopic. They’re pathological. https://t.co/xVmrOF4dop
— Ezra Levant (@ezralevant) November 11, 2016
EVERYTHING IS A PSEUDO-EVENT. Boorstin was right. https://t.co/ZGFvbHajzz
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) November 11, 2016
I WOULD LIKE EVERY WRITER WHO PITCHED THIS STORY TO ME TO RUB THEIR NOSES DIRECTLY IN IT, GOD I FEEL ALIVE RIGHT NOW https://t.co/MknDOxBG61
— Jessica Blankenship (@blanketboat) November 11, 2016
Meanwhile, on MSNBC, Mitchell continued her fawning over Clinton after interviewing Gerster.
“What a moment. And it certainly reflects what we saw in Hillary Clinton, the resilience, the grit. And certainly the fact that all of us saw that speech that she gave. And she is able to move on, as tough as this is,” she said to White House correspondent Kristen Welker.
“What a moment, indeed, Andrea,” Welker responded. “And I kept thinking, looking at that photo, which I think spoke a thousand words, that it was a sign to all of her supporters – even though she didn’t plan it and this just happened – but it was a sign to her supporters that she is going to be okay and that it’s okay to move forward from here.”
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