- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s former home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue isn’t the only thing “white” on her mind this week: a snapshot of the 2016 presidential hopeful shaking hands on the campaign trail was quickly deleted by her social media team after questions arose concerning a tattoo sported by one of her supporters.

Mrs. Clinton’s official Twitter account posted an image on Tuesday from the Democratic candidate’s recent stop in New Hampshire, but only after overlooking the fact that the apparent fan photographed meeting the former first lady had the word “white” prominently inked on his right forearm.

The tweet contained the picture of Mrs. Clinton and the unidentified man along with a message that read: “‘I think we are a nation that really believes in a helping hand, in the generosity of connecting with friends, neighbors and strangers to give them chances they might not otherwise have.’ –Hillary”

“Did Hillary Clinton just tweet a photo of her shaking hands with a guy with a White Power tattoo?” asked Baltimore-based reporter Paul Gessler.

The tweet was soon after removed by Mrs. Clinton’s social media team, but unlike the 30,000 or so emails erased from the former secretary of state’s personal server, the image has been anything but purged from the Internet.

Mrs. Clinton was in Iowa when the image was posted Tuesday evening, but the photo in question was taken July 3 during a stop in New Hampshire’s White Mountains region.

Neither the identity of the man with the tattoo nor its significance have been confirmed, but the Clinton campaign told Buzzfeed it decided to delete the tweet out of caution.

Mrs. Clinton, 67, announced in April that she’ll be pursuing the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in 2016.

• Andrew Blake can be reached at ablake@washingtontimes.com.

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