Whenever supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted with criticism of him, they often deflect by pointing out something former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton once allegedly did.
And as a new analysis from the Washington Post shows, bringing up Hillary Clinton to deflect from criticism isn’t just something Trump supporters do — it’s something the president does himself.
The Post analyzed 19 different interviews that Trump has given since being elected president, and has found that he can only get through an average of 36 percent of an interview before he brings up Hillary Clinton.
“In 17 of 19 of his interviews, Clinton came up, on average about 36 percent of the way in,” the Post writes. “That’s more frequently and earlier than his mentions of Obama, who made it into only 16 interviews, about 43 percent of the way in. The two interviews in which Trump didn’t mention Hillary came, interestingly, at the beginning of his time in office. The second was his Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly.”
As his term has progressed, it seems Trump has mentioned Clinton even earlier during interviews than he did at the beginning of his term. In his most recent interview, which was with the New York Times earlier this week, Trump got through just 0.3 percent of the interview before dropping a reference to Clinton.
Before that, the president granted three separate interviews on July 12 — and while he got through 38 percent of his interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network before mentioning Clinton, it took him less than 12 percent of his other two interviews before he brought up Clinton.