The Republican National Committee has a new weapon in its ongoing effort to derail Hillary Clinton's road to the White House: a giant squirrel.
The "HRC Squirrel" mascot, which the RNC unveiled late last week, is "determined to let Americans know that another Clinton in the White House would be nuts."
According to the RNC press release, the squirrel "recognizes the dangers of a Hillary Clinton presidency and will continue to dig up her record, no matter how hard the liberal media tries to bury it."
It even has a Twitter account, @HRCSquirrel, that has gathered more than 1,000 followers.
"Find me where the nuts are," the squirrel's Twitter bio reads. "Right now that's the fiction aisle with anyone who believes @HillaryClinton's spin!"
The squirrel made its first public appearance Friday in Washington at a stop on Clinton's book tour. On Monday, the RNC released a video ("It's Nuts") that spoofs ESPN's "SportsCenter" commercials.
The spot — starring the squirrel and RNC chairman Reince Priebus — shows the squirrel at a desk in the RNC headquarters reacting to Clinton's much-discussed comments claiming that the former first family was "broke" when the Clintons left the White House.
“In recent days, Hillary Clinton has revealed just how out of touch she is," Priebus said in the RNC press release. “As we continue to expose her failed record and bad choices, Democrats will start to worry whether it was wrong to put all their acorns in one basket for 2016.”
Clinton has not publicly announced her decision to run for president.
"I actually doubt very much whether she actually will run for president in 2016," Priebus said on "Meet The Press" in May. "I know a lot of people around her want her to run. And I think that they're purposely creating this environment [of inevitability] around her."
After Priebus and Republican strategist Karl Rove hinted that Clinton's age and previous health issues could be part of the GOP's playbook in 2016, the Clinton camp fired back.
"[Republicans] are scared of what she has achieved and what she has to offer," Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement to Politico.
According to the RNC, the squirrel "will make more public appearances in the coming days."
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