Hillary Clinton applauded the Reagans on Friday for "starting a conversation" about AIDS — while, in reality, their administration ignored the epidemic for years and even laughed at what it derisively called the "gay plague," while tens of thousands of Americans died.
Two days later, after Clinton apologized, CNN Political Director David Chalian shared a quaint photo of the Democratic presidential candidate gleefully embracing a laughing George W. Bush at Nancy Reagan's funeral.
The internet exploded, satirizing the photo and adding fake captions. Left-wing Twitter users condemned the many political similarities between the former Republican president and Hillary Clinton — particularly their collaboration in pushing for the Iraq War, which the U.N. explicitly said at the time was illegal, and which led to the deaths of more than 1 million Iraqis.
@ShirlsAdams @Jupiter13FD @royalpolitik pic.twitter.com/VSYHWHnrtZ
— Marcelo Arias (@MarceAriasSouto) March 14, 2016
@DavidChalian 2 war criminals 😍
— Jill Stein Supporter (@RiosJose559) March 14, 2016
@DavidChalian Millionaires stick together like glue.
— BurghFloyd (@obscuredbypink) March 14, 2016
@DavidChalian "Isn't being a conservative fun?"
— Matthew Merkovich (@mattmerk) March 14, 2016
@DavidChalian @DylanDoppelt look, a Right Winger hugging Bush
— Daguz (@daguz80) March 14, 2016
@DavidChalian She's got two close friends who are war criminals. Kissinger and George W. Nice company.
— AndreasMAntonopoulos (@aantonop) March 14, 2016