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Did Hillary Clinton Get 'Her Wish' That Trump Would Run for Office?

An old claim resurfaced in newer, fancier clothing.

Published Oct. 24, 2019

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A photograph proves Hillary Clinton wanted someone like Donald Trump to run for office.

In October 2019, a meme circulated on Facebook and Instagram suggesting Hillary Clinton “got her wish” that someone like Donald Trump would run for office.

In the meme, a photograph of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is shown above a caption that quotes Clinton as saying, "I would like to see people like Donald Trump run for office; They’re honest and can’t be bought.”

This was a variation of a familiar claim, which we identified as "False" back in 2016 when Clinton was running for president against Donald Trump.

The quote is a fabrication inspired by remarks Clinton delivered to Goldman Sachs in 2013. Purported transcripts of those remarks were published by WikiLeaks weeks before the 2016 election.

The image in the meme, while it appears clipped straight from an old newspaper, is more than likely a cropped detail of a photograph taken at the wedding of Donald and Melania Trump in 2005. Un-cropped versions of the photograph, easily surfaced in a quick Google Image search, show Bill Clinton and Melania Trump standing to Hillary’s left.

Several different media outlets, including CNN, NBC, ABC, The New York Times, and The Hollywood Reporter, have published similar images from that photo op and also confirmed that, yes, Bill and Hillary Clinton did attend the Trumps' wedding.

We rate the new variation of this claim as "Miscaptioned" because it applies a previously debunked, false back story to a real, though doctored, photograph. In other words, it’s an old lie dressed up in new (black tie) clothing.

Have you seen other variations of this claim? Let us know.


Dowd, Maureen. "When Hillary and Donald Were Friends."     The New York Times. 2 November 2016.

Bond Huberman is a former editor for Snopes.

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