In a rare occurrence, Hillary Clinton got emotional when discussing bullying with a young attendee at her Iowa town hall event on Tuesday, according to a report.
During the event , 10-year-old Hannah Tandy mustered her courage and questioned the former Secretary of State about her plans to combat bullying, affecting both the audience and Clinton, CNN reports.
“What are you going to do about bullying?” Hannah asked before reportedly being prompted by the democratic front-runner to explain what she was thinking. “I have asthma and occasionally I hear people talking behind my back.”
According to CNN, Clinton’s voice cracked when she responded to the question, telling the young girl that social media has increased the frequency in which many students are bullied, and also said that more needs to be done in schools to heighten the awareness of the problem.
“Bullying has been around but it seems to have gotten somehow easier and more widespread because of social media and the Internet,” she said. “People can say something about somebody with having to look them in the eye or see them walk by, and so I think we all need to be aware of the pain and the anguish bullying can cause.”
Hannah later told CNN that she only asked the question because she hears Clinton address the conversations she’s had with others, but had never heard her say people were asking about bullying.
“I just thought, there are a lot of kids out there who are getting bullied way worse than I am and it should stop,” she said.
While she may have been asking for herself and children across the nation, her question hit close to home for the presidential hopeful, who has heard a lot of negative things about herself throughout the 2016 race.
Most recently, republican opponent Donald Trump described Clinton’s 2008 loss to Barack Obama as her getting “schlonged.” Although her camp has reportedly refused to comment on the vulgar remarks, Clinton seemingly addressed them herself in her response to Hannah.
“You are looking at somebody who’s had a lot of terrible things said about me and I am well aware of the fact that it’s really easy to do that,” she said at the event, just a day after Trump’s less-than-kind verbage. “Luckily, I’m old enough where it doesn’t particularly bother me, but I can’t even imagine what it’s like to be you know a young person in today’s world where that’s coming at you all the time.”
She stressed, “We shouldn’t let anybody bully his way into the presidency.”
According to CNN, although Hannah won’t be able to vote in the coming election – or even the one after that – she’s decided that Clinton is the candidate she supports and is appreciative of the chance to speak with her.
“I’ve learned that not everybody has this opportunity, but when you get a reaction from someone as powerful and as famous as Secretary Clinton, you realize everybody has something in common, from the most powerful to the most poor people in the world,” she said. “We all have something in common. We all have human ingenuity and we all have feelings.”