The State Department’s unveiling of a new official portrait of Hillary Clinton has triggered a backlash from angry social media users.
Many have been taking to Twitter/X to ridicule the painting of former Secretary of State Clinton.
Several prominent accounts on X mocked the portrait and slammed Clinton over the honor.
Outraged users pointed to the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya that killed four U.S. diplomats during Clinton’s tenure as the head of the State Department.
The official portrait unveiling happened at the State Department headquarters in Foggy Bottom, Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
Clinton appeared in person to receive the honor from Democrat President Joe Biden’s Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
During the ceremony, the portrait was uncovered, revealing an image of Clinton in a green dress standing in front of an American flag backdrop.
The audience applauded as Clinton smiled and laughed while seeing the image for the first time.
Later, the 67th Secretary of State shared the image on X.
She provided a caption for the post, stating, “Today, I was honored to return to the @StateDept and join @SecBlinken in unveiling my official portrait as 67th Secretary of State.
“We’re delighted to share it with the American public right here, in case you don’t make it in person to headquarters in Foggy Bottom anytime soon.”
In a subsequent post, the former Democratic presidential candidate recounted her time starting the role: “When I walked into the State Department as Secretary fourteen years ago, I knew that having the honor to lead the State Department and USAID would be a singular challenge and a unique chance to do good in the world.
“It was that and so much more.”
“I’m deeply proud of all that we accomplished and grateful to everyone at the Department for their unflagging work to ensure peace, progress, and prosperity around the world,” Clinton concluded.
“They continue to make me, and our country, proud.”
We're delighted to share it with the American public right here, in case you don't make it in person to headquarters in Foggy Bottom anytime soon. pic.twitter.com/YcPymY77aq
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 26, 2023
However, X users ripped Hillary over the portrait.
The Federalist co-founder Sean Davis reminded Clinton of the Benghazi tragedy, replying to her post with an image of late U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Stevens was killed in the attack along with three other Americans.
Digital strategist and conservative X user Eric Spracklen commented, “The American public, however, was not delighted to see it.”
The official account for the House Judiciary Committee replied to Clinton’s post with a map of the city of Benghazi.
The account for the Republicans for National Renewal blasted Clinton, posting, “You should be in jail.”
Trends Research Institute founder Gerald Celente wrote, “Two complete disasters: @HillaryClinton and @SecBlinken.”
RedState columnist Buzz Patterson slammed the awards ceremony for Clinton, asking, “What the hell are we doing? Hillary? That Hillary?!