Huma Abedin has critics saying the long-time Hillary Clinton aide might just be taking a page out her boss’s playbook for her own future benefit.

While the initial reactions to Abedin standing by her husband and speaking to his character at Tuesday’s press conference included praise and bewilderment, others say her firm stance makes political sense — she’s following the road map and joining the ranks of her long time role model and boss who famously endured a similar experience with former president Bill Clinton, only to come out on top.

“As the many glowing profiles of Huma Abedin in recent months have noted, she learned a lot working as Hillary Clinton’s right-hand woman since the 1990s,” the Atlantic’s Elspeth Reeve wrote Wednesday. “But maybe the biggest lesson Abedin learned was not just how to help her husband survive a sex scandal, but how to launch her own political career.”

MSNBC’s Mika Brezezinski said what Abedin did at the press conference was “riveting,” adding that Abedin works for a woman who has been through a similar personal issue.

“A woman who is a pro at taking a bad situation, an embarrassing situation and owning it and winning in the long run. And that is someone who might be the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton,” Brezezinski said.


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