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Debate prep video shows Hillary Clinton running away from a Trump hug

Debate prep video shows Hillary Clinton running away from a Trump hug

On Friday, Philippe Reines, a Democratic strategist who worked with Hillary Clinton's campaign during the 2016 election, posted a short video on Twitter.

Soft applause can be heard in the background as Clinton makes her way towards the Trump stand-in, waving to the nonexistent crowd.

But Trump tried to hug him anyway, which Comey avoided, and it resulted in an awkward handshake.

Reines' tweet appears to be a response to the Times' Comey story. It made for a pretty uncomfortable moment, which further proves the importance of Clinton's prep tactics.

Earlier today, we reported on the revelation that former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey and Donald Trump's awkward post-election bro-hug was a result of Comey's reticence toward being seen embracing the man he was thought to have helped elect. Wittes related two instances he said Comey described to him when Trump attempted "personally to compromise him or implicate him with either shows of closeness or actual chumminess with the President".

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At the actual debate last September, hosted by NBC anchor Lester Holt, Clinton and Trump just shook hands. "Bad enough that he was there; bad enough that there would be a handshake; he emphatically did not want any show of warmth", Wittes wrote.

Reines tries to hug Clinton, avoids the hug by shaking his hand.

The video backs that assertion up.

And, yes, even though that video is super blurry and apparently taken on a 10-year-old Blackberry, Reines confirmed on Twitter that is, indeed, Hillary Clinton.

One of those incidents was when Trump beckoned to Comey from across the room during a January meeting of law enforcement officials at the White House, calling him over while saying "Oh, and there's Jim. He's become more famous than me!"


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