In a bid to attract young voters, Hillary Clinton this week appeared on Zach Galifianakis’ web series “Between Two Ferns,” taking part in a painfully awkward five-minute interview that the former first lady immediately said she regretted.
The Funny Or Die series - which President Obama used as a forum to push the Affordable Care Act in 2014 - clearly was uncomfortable territory for Mrs. Clinton, and she struggled to figure out how to respond to several of Mr. Galifianakis’ off-beat questions.
“As secretary [of state], how many words per minute could you type?” the host and comedic actor said. “And how does President Obama like his coffee? Like himself? Weak?”
“You know, Zach, those are really, really out-of-date questions. You need to get out more,” Mrs. Clinton responded.
Mr. Galifianakis also took a tongue-in-cheek shot at the fact that Mrs. Clinton is poised to become the first woman president.
“What happens if you become pregnant? Are we going to be stuck with Tim Kaine for nine months?” he asked.
The former secretary of state occasionally tried to give more serious answers.
She said it would be “pretty special” for young girls and boys alike if she were to become the first female elected to the White House. And she also shot down suggestions that she’d flee the country if Republican Donald Trump prevails in November.
“I would try to prevent him from destroying the United States,” Mrs. Clinton said.
But the host was relentless in poking fun at the Democratic presidential nominee, including claiming that she’d told him off air that she intends to take all Americans’ guns away.
“I really regret doing this,” Mrs. Clinton said.
Mr. Galifianakis then briefly interrupted the interview to play a campaign commercial for Mr. Trump, claiming the billionaire businessman was the show’s top sponsor. He then wrapped up the exchange by telling Mrs. Clinton the two should stay in touch.
“What’s the best way to reach you? Email?” he said.