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Hillary Rodham Clinton Tells Jimmy Fallon How She Views the 2024 Election Choice

"It's kind of like, one is old and effective and compassionate, has a heart, and really cares about people — and one is old and has been charged with felonies," Clinton told Fallon. 

By Samantha Vincenty

Hillary Rodham Clinton made quite the fashion statement at the top of her visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on April 1, arriving in an enormous black feather-festooned hat—and she brought a flowery pink one for Jimmy Fallon, too. Were they church hats for Easter? No: The showy headwear was in celebration of Suffs, the currently-running Broadway musical about American women's suffrage movement, which counts Clinton among its producers.

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"I will wear this with pride, I really will," Fallon told Clinton, before accepting his real gift (a cap from the Suffs show). The Easter holiday the day before prompted Fallon telling Clinton about his family's experience at last year's White House Easter Egg Roll. Clinton, who was first lady from 1993-2001, explained that the event's Easter Bunny is typically "the member of the staff that draws the short straw." 

"I think it was one of President Biden's assistants," Fallon confirmed. "And he's talking to the bunny like it's their assistant — he's like, "So anyway, blah, blah, blah." And I go, "Hey, stop talking to this bunny. People are gonna think that you're crazy! No one knows that that's your assistant, everyone thinks the president is talking to the Easter Bunny."

"I mean, you can imagine what Trump would do with that, right?" Clinton laughed—which led Fallon to ask Clinton for her thoughts on the November 2024 presidential election. 

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Hillary Clinton on Trump and Biden as the 2024 election choices: "Get out there and vote"

"Can we talk about the upcoming presidential election?" Fallon asked Clinton.

"Let's stick with the Easter Bunny?" Clinton suggested. 

Nope—Fallon wanted the 2016 Democratic presidential candidate's take.

"I mean, it's Biden versus Trump," Fallon said. "What do you say to voters who are upset that those are the two choices?"

"Get over yourself," Clinton replied. "Those are the two choices."

For those still frustrated over the prospect of a third election between Trump, who turns 78 this year, and Biden, who is 81, Clinton pointed to the differences she feels are clear. 

"It's kind of like, one is old and effective and compassionate, has a heart, and really cares about people — and one is old and has been charged with felonies," Clinton quipped. 

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"I don't understand why this is even a hard choice," Clinton said, though multiple polls have suggested it's a neck-and-neck competition coming down to a few percentage points. "But we have to go through the election, and hopefully people will realize what's at stake. Because it's an existential question: What kind of country we're going to have, what kind of democracy we're going to have."

Clinton added that Trump's "enablers, his empowerers, his allies" have been pretty clear about what kind of country they want," ostensibly referring to Trump's campaign trail promises of "revenge" and the prospect of a national abortion ban if he is elected.

Ultimately, Clinton shared a five-word message that connects back the story told onstage in Suffs: "Get out there and vote."