Vanity Fair faces backlash for suggesting Hillary Clinton learn to knit

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Vanity Fair faced sharp criticism on Wednesday from supporters of Hillary Clinton after the magazine posted a video with “New Year’s resolutions” for the former presidential candidate that included retiring from politics.

A video posted on the magazine’s Twitter account Tuesday featured Vanity Fair writers suggesting new hobbies for the 2016 Democratic nominee, including “knitting” and taking “more photos in the woods.”


“Get someone on your tech staff to disable autofill on your iPhone so that typing in ‘F’ doesn’t become ‘form exploratory committee for 2020,’ ” advised another writer.

Clinton has repeatedly denied that she is planning a 2020 presidential run, and spent much of the year on a book tour for her memoir, “What Happened.”

The video was swiftly condemned by prominent Clinton supporters on Twitter, including consultant and CauseWired founder Tom Watson, who called the video “the nastiest, most sexist disgrace.”

“Vanity Fair tl;dr: Six young white people holding glasses of champagne would like Hillary Clinton to abandon her life’s work and platform and just shut up. Good to know,” tweeted author Summer Brennan.

The backlash prompted an apology from Vanity Fair, but the magazine did not delete the video. 

“It was an attempt at humor and we regret that it missed the mark,” Beth Kseniak, a spokeswoman for Vanity Fair, told multiple media outlets.

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