Reporters interested in reaching Hillary Clinton are evidently caught between a rope and a hard place.
The Democratic presidential candidate resorted to literally roping off the press as she walked in a Fourth of July parade Saturday in Gorham, New Hampshire, as reports CNN.
According to a Clinton spokesman, the white rope corralling reporters was meant to provide a "soft barrier" between the former secretary of state and journalists who allegedly made it "impossible" for her to mingle with voters.
As is evident in the now-viral photos of the Clinton corral, two of Hillary's advance staffers tugged journalists along with the rope as the Democratic presidential candidate strolled down Gorham's Main Street.
"You guys, we are going to do 10 yards and a little more organized," one of the staffers said, producing the rope. According to said staffer, the lasso was employed "so maybe a voter could see her, that kind of thing."
Keeping reporters at a distance -- no matter the means -- is nothing new for Clinton. She has consistently behaved frosty toward the press, refusing to answer their questions and keeping them contained in specific locations at her events.
"We all knew Hillary Clinton was desperate to avoid the media after months of controversy, but employing a moving rope line takes ducking reporters to absurd new heights," declared Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Short. "Clearly the Fourth of July for Hillary Clinton means independence from answering tough questions."
Of course, the Clinton campaign pushed back at the negative coverage.
"While the GOP may want to spin a good yarn on this, let's not get tied up in knots," said Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill. "We wanted to accommodate the press, allow her to greet voters, and allow the press to be right there in the parade with her as opposed to preset locations. And that's what we did."
Nevertheless, the panel on CNN Sunday morning unanimously criticized Hillary for the faux pas, calling it "humiliating" and the "worst visual metaphor" and deeming it indicative of Clinton's "hostile" relationship with the press.