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Donald Trump slams Vanity Fair over Clinton video apology

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It wasn't Vanity Fair's video that angered the President. It was it its apology. Photo: Getty
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US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Vanity Fair, after the magazine apologised for an online video mocking Hillary Clinton.

Mr Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning (AEDT) saying the magazine was “bending over backwards in apologising for the minor hit”.

The video posted over the weekend shows editors of Vanity Fair‘s Hive website offering toasts and New Year’s resolutions for Mrs Clinton, including that she vow to take up knitting, volunteer work or any hobby that would keep her from running again for president.

The backlash was swift. Among those to respond was actress Patricia Arquette, who tweeted her own proposal – stop telling women what they should or can do.

In a statement Wednesday, the magazine said the video was an attempt at humour that regrettably “missed the mark”.

Mr Trump’s tweet added that Anna Wintour “is beside herself in grief & begging for forgiveness!”

Ms Wintour is the editor-in-chief of Vogue, not Vanity Fair. She is also the artistic director of parent company Conde Nast, which publishes both titles.

Journalists from The Hive offered Mrs Clinton six New Year’s resolutions that would keep her out of politics in a short online video.

“Take up a new hobby in the New Year: volunteer work, knitting, improv comedy – literally anything that will keep you from running again,” writer Maya Kosoff said in the video, while drinking from a champagne flute.

The clip is part of a series in which staffers give politicians resolutions for 2018.

Mr Trump and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have also been targets of the apparent attempt at light-hearted Christmas content.

Outspoken actress Ms Arquette told the journalists to “get over your mommy issues”.


Clinton advisor Adam Parkhomenko described the video as “embarrassingly not funny” and “awkward to watch”.

“I want to believe they gave each of those individuals an opt-out opportunity but they genuinely looked happy to do it.”

Former Clinton Advisor Peter Daou sparked the #CancelVanityFair hashtag and noted Clinton had been fending off “sexist attacks” for years.

“So @VanityFair decided that the best way to end 2017 was to take a repulsive cheap shot at @HillaryClinton, one of the most accomplished women in the history of the United States.”

Ms Kosoff, the writer who made the knitting suggestion, reportedly took to her private Twitter account to defend the video.

“I don’t appreciate being taken out of context to make me seem super sexist. This wasn’t a Hillary hit piece either, fwiw [for what it’s worth]! We made silly new years resolutions for a bunch of politicians,” she said.

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