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Watch: Hillary Clinton gets American history wrong in college commencement speech
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton falsely states that former President Richard Nixon was "impeached." Clinton made the comment during a commencement speech at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Friday, May 26, 2017. (Image source: YouTube)

Watch: Hillary Clinton gets American history wrong in college commencement speech

Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton got some American history noticeably wrong Friday during a commencement address.

Speaking at her Alma Mater, Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Clinton recalled when she spoke at her own Wellesley commencement in the early 1970s. Clinton laid out in her remarks the "tumultuous" political, social, and cultural landscape at the time.

"We didn't trust government, authority figures, or really anyone over 30, in large part thanks to years of heavy casualties and dishonest official statements about Vietnam and deep differences over civil rights and poverty here at home. We were asking urgent questions about whether women, people of color, religious minorities, immigrants would ever be treated with dignity and respect," Clinton said.

Clinton went on to compare Richard Nixon, who was president when she was in college, to her former Republican rival, President Donald Trump.

"And by the way, we were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice after firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice," Clinton said to thunderous applause and cheers from the audience.

There was one detail that Clinton got embarrassingly wrong in her account of American history, though.

Nixon was never impeached. He resigned under the threat of impeachment for obstructing justice in the now-infamous Watergate scandal.

Clinton herself worked on the Watergate committee when she was a staffer on the House Judiciary Committee.

Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973. Nixon's attorney general, Elliot Richardson, however, refused to fire Cox. Richardson later resigned his post as the nation's top law enforcement officer.

Some have compared Nixon attempting to fire Cox to Trump firing former FBI Director James Comey, who led the agency that was investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections and alleged Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government.

Only two U.S. presidents in the history of the country have been impeached, and one of them is Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton.

The House of Representatives impeached President Bill Clinton in 1998 on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, although the Senate voted not to remove Clinton from office.

Andrew Johnson became the first U.S. president to be impeached in 1868.

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