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Hillary Clinton tells New York Times columnist to lay off ‘pot brownies’

Hillary Clinton told longtime New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd Saturday to lay off the pot brownies.

The jab came after a column from Dowd which stated that Biden and his yet to be announced female running mate would be the first Democratic male/female presidential ticket since Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro in 1984.

The analysis apparently forgot Clinton’s run for the White House in 2016 with Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.

“Either @TimKaine and I had a very vivid shared hallucination four years ago or Maureen had too much pot brownie before writing her column again,” Clinton tweeted Saturday.

The mistake was live for less than an hour before the Times issued a correction.

“An earlier version of this column incorrectly stated the history of the Democratic ticket. It has been 36 years since a man chose a woman to run as his vice-president on the Democratic ticket, not 36 years since a man and a woman ran together on a Democratic Party ticket,” the paper said.

Online lefties immediately pounced on the mistake, with Gray Lady editors on Twitter voicing their frustration at the flub. Leading the charge was Center for American Progress boss and close Clinton ally Neera Tanden.

“It’s truly embarrassing that their Hillary hatred operates to erase an historic event that happened just 4 years ago. Who is editing this?” she thundered. “The hatred of Hillary is so intense there it is blinding.”

“The NYT is broken,” Democratic strategist Tom Watson added.

Both Dowd and the Times did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Post.

Clinton allies like Tanden have long been suspicious of the Times and what they felt was an unfair obsession with the email scandal that rocked her 2016 campaign. The imbroglio is the latest dustup for the paper of record, which has seen its opinion section roiled by one scandal after another in recent months.

In June, the paper published an opinion by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) calling on President Trump to use federal troops to quell domestic unrest in the wake of riots sparked by the death of George Floyd. The piece resulted in a public staff revolt with dozens of Times employees tweeting against the piece.

The Times' tweet promoting Dowd's opinion piece.
The Times’ tweet promoting Dowd’s opinion piece.Twitter

“I’ll probably get in trouble for this, but to not say something would be immoral. As a black woman, as a journalist, as an American, I am deeply ashamed that we ran this,” said Nikole Hannah-Jones, who won a Pulitzer Prize for her work on the Times’ widely discredited 1619 Project.

Within hours, Times opinion editor James Bennet was pushed out. Jim Dao, another top opinion editor, was reassigned. Weeks later, another editor, Bari Weiss, publicly resigned from the paper, citing a hostile work environment and bosses too sensitive to online criticism.

“Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor,” she wrote. Times staffers have described a hellish work environment at the paper with management largely afraid to move against woke employees who commune in the company’s “diversity” slack channel.

The Clinton Op-Ed suggests the paper’s effort to root out wrongthink from their opinion pages, now led by interim editor Kathleen Kingsbury, has not been sufficient to ward off embarrassing controversies.

“I think the NYT oped columns would be improved if they hired @TomCottonAR as a fact checker,” quipped former George W. Bush press secretary Ari Fleisher.

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