The unveiling of former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s official State Department portrait sparked controversy and ridicule on social media platforms, particularly X (formerly known as Twitter). Several prominent users criticized and mocked the portrait unveiling, pointing to the Benghazi terror attack during Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, which resulted in the deaths of four U.S. diplomats.
During the ceremony at the State Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., Clinton’s portrait was revealed, showing her in a green dress against an American flag backdrop. The audience applauded as Clinton saw the image for the first time and smiled.
Clinton shared the image on X with a caption expressing her honor and gratitude for her time as Secretary of State and the accomplishments of the State Department. She also mentioned her pride in the department’s work and its contribution to global peace and prosperity.
However, social media users, including prominent conservatives, seized the opportunity to criticize Clinton. Some reminded her of the Benghazi tragedy, with one user sharing a photo of the late U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, who lost his life in the attack. Others expressed disapproval of the ceremony and Clinton’s legacy as Secretary of State.
The controversy surrounding the portrait unveiling reflects the ongoing divisions and debates in U.S. politics, with Clinton remaining a polarizing figure in American public life.