Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton turned part of a campaign rally speech for a fellow Democrat into a critique of the ability of businesses and corporations to create jobs recently.

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” Clinton said during a Boston rally for Martha Coakley, who is currently running for Massachusetts governor. “You know that old theory — trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly.”

Clinton further attempted to make her point by referencing former President Bill Clinton’s opinion on the matter when she said “You know, one of the things my husband says when people say, ‘Well, what did you bring to Washington?’ He said, ‘Well, I brought arithmetic.’”

Here are her comments:

Her remarks sparked a significant amount of backlash from Americans across the country who strongly disagreed with her assessment. On Monday, Hillary attempted to move into damage control and distanced herself from her own comments. She stated that her comments were simply “short-handed,” what she really meant to say was this:

“Our economy grows when businesses and entrepreneurs create good-paying jobs here in an America where workers and families are empowered to build from the bottom up and the middle out — not when we hand out tax breaks for corporations that outsource jobs or stash their profits overseas.”

We’re not really sure how “businesses do not create jobs” is short-handed for “businesses do create jobs,” but this is politics so who knows what anyone actually means or who is writing it for them anyway. That is why they call it rhetoric.

According to Buzzfeed, Clinton would not answer questions about her “jobs” statement from Friday. Instead, she directed reporters to speak with her press secretary about the goof.