WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton says fake news is an “epidemic” and “a danger that must be addressed and addressed quickly.”
Clinton is on Capitol Hill for a portrait unveiling in honor of retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid.
She says fake news and “malicious false propaganda” can have real impacts and threaten lives, and she is calling on officials in the public and private sectors to take steps to combat them. She noted bipartisan legislation moving forward and is calling for support.
On Sunday, a man fired an assault rifle at a pizza parlor in Washington. He said he had come to investigate the false online stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats operating out of the restaurant.
Clinton received sustained applause as she stood to speak, ruefully remarking, “This is not exactly the speech at the Capitol I hoped to give” after the election.
She jokes that after spending several weeks in the woods taking selfies, she thought it would be a good idea to emerge.