Donald Trump has made Hillary Clinton’s emails a far too long a political talking point. Now those emails have been turned into art.
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton decided to check the exhibit out in person. She looked through the printed version of her emails and sat at a replica of the Oval Office’s desk and chair. The exhibit is titled, “HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails,” according to the exhibit’s creator.
“Hillary Clinton spent an hour yesterday reading her emails at my exhibition of all 62,000 pages of them in Venice,” American poet and artist Kenneth Goldsmith tweeted Wednesday. “She is pictured here at a replica of the Oval Office Resolute Desk, stacked with her emails.”
Hillary Clinton reading her own emails at my exhibition in Venice, Italy (credit: Giuseppe Cordioli) pic.twitter.com/n10eSGcIDs
— Kenneth Goldsmith (@kg_ubu) September 12, 2019
Clinton showed up on Tuesday morning for a private tour of the exhibit.
“During the tour, the former US Secretary of State had the opportunity to confront to the 30,000 emails that were sent and received from her private email account while serving the government between 2009 and 2013 — and the same ones that cost her the 2016 presidential election,” the curators wrote in a statement. “Clinton proceeded to sit down at an exact replica of the Oval Office’s Resolute Desk and leaf through her emails for nearly an hour.”
NERO, the publisher that produced Goldsmith’s book accompanying the art exhibit, also posted photos of the visit.
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Guess who came to visit in person the exhibition “Hillary: The Hillary Clinton emails” by artist and poet Kenneth Goldsmith yesterday? If you want to read the former US Secretary of State’s private emails, visit the show curated by Francesco Urbano Ragazzi at Despar Teatro Italia in Venice until November 24th or buy the book directly from neroeditions.com #hillaryclinton #hillary @the_internet_saga #kennethgoldsmith #goldsmith @hillaryclinton @gerda_studio Photo ©️Gerda Studio
During the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump made Clinton’s use of private email servers during her tenure as secretary of state a focal point of his 2016 campaign rhetoric.
Clinton’s 30,000 emails were investigated by the FBI, who found that of the 30,000 emails Clinton provided to the State Department from her server back in 2014, 110 contained classified information at the time they were sent or received. The agency did not recommend charges against Clinton.
Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner have since both been accused of using phone apps and private emails to do White House business, but Trump has failed to condemn their actions.
Clinton spoke with the Italian news outlet TGR outside of the theater during her visit. During the interview, she slammed the email controversy as completely unnecessary.
“It was and is still one of the strangest, most absurd events in American political history,” she said. “And anyone can go in and look at them — there’s nothing there.”
“It’s an artistic way of making the same point that I made in the book I wrote, ‘What Happened,’ ” Clinton continued. “And that is, there was nothing wrong, there was nothing that should have been so controversial.”
Clinton went to Twitter on Thursday to share an image of herself sitting behind the replica of the Resolute Desk with her emails stacked in front of her. Over the image, Clinton wrote, “Found my emails at the Venice Biennale. Someone alert the House GOP.”
Found my emails at the Venice Biennale. Someone alert the House GOP. pic.twitter.com/eeXaKhy9Dz
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 12, 2019
Clinton warned European countries during her interview on Tuesday. Stating that they needed to be vigilant of Russian attacks on their elections similar to what took place in 2016 in the United States.
“Europeans should be very aware of the Russians (who) are involved in and trying to influence elections in all the democracies, and they conducted a sweeping and systematic attack on our elections,” she said. “So that was a big factor that had never been part of our system before.”
The exhibit of Clinton’s emails opened back in May at the Despar Teatro Italia and will be on display until November.
Clinton found out about the exhibit after a high school friend stopped to see the display.