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Hillary Hit With Email Question at Rope Line in Iowa

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, poses with supporters during a rally Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, in Vinton, Iowa. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Things got a little awkward for Hillary Clinton on the rope line in Vinton, Iowa, yesterday, thanks to a plucky Iowan who actually keeps up with current events.

It started innocently enough with Hillary shaking hands with supporters, taking selfies and signing autographs at a Vinton skating and recreation center. The fun came to an abrupt end, Politico reports, when she got to a certain Ms. Althea Cole.

“How do you plan to sidestep the reality that you are sending secure, SAP emails on your private, unsecured server?” Cole asked Clinton, who was at her second event of the day. “I’m very concerned about national security issues.”

“How much are you asking people to forgive or excuse?” Cole pressed.

Clinton smiled tightly, but she stayed with the woman, answering the question with a definitive tone. “You know what, it’s not true,” Clinton replied. “It’s not true. I never sent or received — “

“You never received top secret information on your private server?” Cole interrupted the former secretary of state.

“No, no I did not,” Clinton said, ready to move on.

“Well,” Cole said, “I appreciate you trying to tell me that.”

“Yep, it’s true.”

“I don’t believe her,” Cole mumbled under her breath as she escaped from the crowd.

Cole, a Republican from Cedar Rapids, told Politico that she came out to see Bernie Sanders, too, and has plans to see Martin O’Malley.

“I’m also an Iowan and I have the opportunity to do so,” she said. When asked if she would consider supporting Clinton after seeing her speak, she replied: “Bloody hell, no!”

What did they expect her to say?!