Politics

Clinton says the 2016 campaign tone is enough to make people watch cat GIFs

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks with Ellen Degeneres during a commercial break at a taping of The Ellen Show in Burbank, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Hillary Clinton vowed to defend Americans she says have been attacked by rival Donald Trump on Thursday, telling donors at a fundraiser that the campaign's negative tone might make some people retreat to the Internet to watch soothing cat GIFs. Without mentioning allegations of sexual assault against Trump, Clinton said that "disturbing stories just keep on coming" about him. But she offered herself as a buffer to his insults about immigrants, African-Americans, Latinos, Muslims and the disabled. Clinton delivered her most extensive remarks about allegations of sexual misconduct against Trump days after a video showed him bragging about kissing women and forcing himself on them without their permission.

There's hardly any part of America that he has not targeted. Now it makes you want to turn off the news. It makes you want to unplug the Internet or just look at cat GIFs.

Hillary Clinton

She also referenced reports that Trump's team may aggressively try to use her husband's past infidelities against her — beyond their decision to bring former President Bill Clinton accusers to last weekend's second presidential debate. Clinton urged voters not to become wary of the negative tone of the campaign. "I think some people are discouraged by it, feel that they don't want to even get involved by voting because it's so abhorrent to them," Clinton said. "But we have to make the case that the best way to rebuke the kind of campaign that the other side has run is by defeating my opponent and what he stands for."

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GIF

The Graphics Interchange Format(better known by its acronym GIF or) is a bitmap image format that was developed by US-based software writer Steve Wilhite while working at the internet service provider CompuServe in 1987 and has since come into widespread usage on the World Wide Web due to its wide support and portability.The format supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colors chosen from the 24-bit RGB color space.