Vanity Fair Says Video Mocking Hillary Clinton ‘Missed the Mark’; Trump Lashes Out

Vanity Fair editors suggested that Clinton take up knitting, volunteer work or any hobby that would keep her from running again for president

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Vanity Fair, trying to defuse criticism of a video mocking Hillary Clinton and her presidential aspirations, drew the derision Thursday of the man who defeated her in the 2016 election.

In a statement Wednesday, the magazine said the online video was an attempt at humor that regrettably "missed the mark." Posted last weekend, the video shows editors of Vanity Fair's Hive website offering toasts and New Year's resolutions to Clinton.

Among the suggestions: that Clinton take up knitting, volunteer work or any hobby that would keep her from running again for president.

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President Donald Trump noticed Vanity Fair's apology and tweeted about it Thursday.

"Vanity Fair, which looks like it is on its last legs, is bending over backwards in apologizing for the minor hit they took at Crooked H," Trump wrote, using a short-hand to refer to Clinton. "Anna Wintour, who was all set to be Amb to Court of St James’s & a big fundraiser for [Crooked Hillary], is beside herself in grief & begging for forgiveness!"

Wintour is the editor of Vogue, not Vanity Fair, but she is artistic director of Conde Nast, the magazine chain that publishes both titles, and supported Clinton in the 2016 election. Wintour hasn't commented on the video. 

Vanity Fair is edited by Radhika Jones, who took over this month for its longtime leader, Graydon Carter. Carter has been a critic of Trump's for many years,  calling him a "short-fingered vulgarian" in the 1980s. He wrote in 2015 that Trump was still sending him pictures of his hands to highlight that they are not very short.

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