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The 2016 Race Is Devolving Into a Prank War

Hillary Clinton Book Signing At Books and Books
Clinton signs copies of Hard Choices on October 2, 2014 in Coral Gables, Florida. Photo: Uri Schanker/2014 Uri Schanker

Donald Trump set a high bar for trolling early in the presidential race when he read Lindsey Graham’s phone number on national TV. In an underwhelming follow-up this week, Trump mocked Rubio for needing to consume water, and now Hillary Clinton is getting in on the not-so-good-natured ribbing. In response to the Republican candidates regularly questioning what Clinton did as secretary of state, last week her campaign sent a copy of her 2014 memoir, Hard Choices, to each of her GOP rivals.

She also included this overly sincere message:

A few of the candidates mocked her right back, and took the opportunity to promote their own literary endeavors:

Jeb Bush spokesperson Kristy Campbell said he “hopes Secretary Clinton will have an opportunity to read his e-book, Reply All, when it comes out in a few weeks. The book, based on Governor Bush’s emails while in office, is a good lesson on the importance of transparency in government.”

Wake us when someone suspends Trump’s hat in Jell-O.

The 2016 Race Is Devolving Into a Prank War