Speaking at a Q&A event in New York City on Friday, Hillary Clinton she would like to be commander-in-chief, even while she wasn't considering running in 2020.
"No. Well I'd like to be president," the former first lady and secretary of state said, prompting laughter from the audience.
"Look, I think hopefully when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office in January of 2021, there's going to be so much work to be done. We have confused everybody in the world, including ourselves. We have confused our friends and our enemies. They have no idea what the United States stands for, what we are likely to do, what we think is important. So the work would be work that I feel very well prepared for, having been in the Senate for eight years, having been a diplomat in the State Department. And it's just going to be a lot of heavy lifting," Clinton said.
Asked whether she would "be doing any of that lifting," the 71-year-old said she had "no idea."
"I'm not going to even think about it until we get through this November 6 election, about what's going to happen after that," Clinton concluded.
Clinton's remarks, taken by many as a sign that she would run again, were greeted with glee by Trump supporters, who called Clinton "the gift which never ends."
Pretty dang sure HC will NEVER be President of the United States!— 🇺🇸SUZYQ4TRUMP ❤️👠 (@Rainbow_Whisper) 29 октября 2018 г.
Willing to make YUGE bet on that… Bigly!😂
Hillary Clinton Considering 2020 Rematch Against President Trump: 'I'd Like to Be President' https://t.co/3P83ViTPOx via @gatewaypundit
America does not want this.— ❌ Ben Strauss❌🇺🇸 (@Benstrauss7) 29 октября 2018 г.
Hillary would jump on the button to start a world war!
Hillary Clinton says, 'I'd like to be president,' at NYC event | Fox News https://t.co/UWfbAWTkBQ
Democrat supporters were similarly harsh, urging Clinton to step aside and let progressive Democrats such as Tulsi Gabbard have a shot at the Oval Office.
People like @BernieSanders and other top Dems are out on the campaign trail, busting their asses to get as many people as possible to vote. Hillary Clinton is at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan publicly speculating on whether she might run for president again. Unreal. https://t.co/9qvtFjZcbv— David Sirota (@davidsirota) 29 октября 2018 г.
Of course everyone would 'like' to be President, but I hope that I never see if happen with Clinton. As much as I dislike Trump and wish he was not President, I equally dislike Clinton and know she would be a poor example as a would-be 1st woman President.— Terri (@chuteo2006) 29 октября 2018 г.
No. Use your influence w Bernie to raise up a new crop of progressive American candidates. I love you @HillaryClinton but work to get the old clueless white dudes out.— Ana 💟☮️ Human-American (@AnaArqis) 29 октября 2018 г.
'I'd Like to Be President': Is Hillary Clinton considering 2020 Run?— Newsweek https://t.co/Rsd3AyabCX
Others took a Halloween-themed motif ahead of the holiday, joking that Clinton had rolled out her new ambitions "just in time for Halloween." "I know it's Halloween and all but let the nightmare stop!" one Bernie Sanders supporter joked.
I know it's Halloween and all but LET THE NIGHTMARE STOP!!!!!! 🎃🎃🎃— A Spooky Leftist 🌹🌻 (@LeftwardSwing) 29 октября 2018 г.
Hillary Clinton leaves door open for 2020 run: 'I'd like to be president'https://t.co/wVvVFJTl1g
Halloween Dreams of Broomstick One-- Hillary Clinton Returns: ‘I’d Like to Be President' https://t.co/phXHvIFYEs— Andrew Bostom (@andrewbostom) 29 октября 2018 г.
Others were more serious, diagnosing what they called Clinton's "delusional perception of herself" or her status as an "armchair politician" as the reason she just can't seem to quit.
HRC will surround herself with "YES" people to feed her delusional perception of herself. I think it would be great if she ran again. I doubt the DNC will support her, but who knows, THERE IS NO RATIONALE TO IRRATIONAL BEHAVIOR, imho— Ron Lambertson (@ron_0540) 29 октября 2018 г.
She's literally an armchair policitian. Money and power are great insulators against sense and reason, aren't they?— Donner Party Caterer (@Conruthhoward) 29 октября 2018 г.
Donald Trump handily defeated Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. In 2008, Clinton lost the Democratic presidential primaries to Barack Obama before going on to serve as his secretary of state between and 2009 and 2013.