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Hillary Clinton’s Between Two Ferns interview with Zach Galifianakis is the best she’s ever done

Alex Abad-Santos is a senior correspondent who explains what society obsesses over, from Marvel and movies to fitness and skin care. He came to Vox in 2014. Prior to that, he worked at the Atlantic.

Hillary Clinton wants to become the president of the United States of America, and there is nothing she won’t do to make that a reality. This now includes an interview with Zach Galifianakis, braving a few insults about her pantsuits and her campaign on his fake web talk show Between Two Ferns.

Like most Between Two Ferns interviews (see: President Barack Obama and Justin Bieber), its brilliance is in its awkwardness and Galifianakis’s ability to create this quasi-artificial persona and ask absurd questions.

"Not to take away from that historical significance from you perhaps becoming the first female president, but for younger, younger generations you will become their first white president," Galifianakis deadpans. "That’s pretty neat too."

Clinton’s (non)reaction seals the joke.

(Funny or Die)

He then asks Clinton about a contingency plan should she lose an election — something that we don’t often hear. Somehow, and for some strange reason, it makes the idea of civil war sort of … hilarious.

"When you see how well it works for Donald Trump, do you ever think to yourself, ‘Oh, maybe I should be more racist?’" Galifianakis continues. "When he’s elected president, and Kid Rock is secretary of state, are you going to move to Canada? Or one of the Arctics?"

"I would stay in the United States. I would try to prevent him from destroying the United States," Clinton replies.

"So you’re going to lead the civil war?"

"No, I wouldn’t take up arms."

"Oh, right, because you were saying before we were rolling that you wanted to take away everyone’s guns."

The sketch also works because Clinton isn’t taking herself too seriously, by which I mean she’s being completely serious in the face of pantsuit insults and Trump steak remarks.

Now, if only there were some way to get Galifianakis to moderate the upcoming debates.

And finally, if Galifianakis's boring policy talk was not to your liking, Clinton did do an interview with Vox's Ezra Klein earlier this year:

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