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‘She’s like herpes,’ a Fox News guest said of Hillary Clinton. The network apologized.

Hillary Clinton speaks at the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year Awards on Nov. 12. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Glamour)

Conservative commentator Anna Paulina had her wires crossed on Fox News, and somehow, her Thursday segment only got worse from there.

She was brought on to discuss investigating Hillary Clinton. But Paulina opened on the southern border and a bizarre history of century-old legislation that federalizes reservist troops. Another guest tried to quell the confusion before careening back to Clinton’s emails — a favored Fox News topic.

Though his show prompted the discussion about Clinton, host Rick Leventhal said it was incredible that Clinton still captured attention.

“She won’t go away,” Paulina said. “She’s like herpes.”

A smirk fell off the face of political analyst Doug Schoen. Leventhal was stunned but recovered: “Okay, that’s news that we are breaking here,” he said. “Not appropriate.”

Paulina disappeared from the segment, which ended early, Leventhal noted. He apologized to viewers for her language.

The incident prompted an additional on-air apology from the network.

“We are all Americans, and that is the focus, and we want to reiterate that we do not condone the language that Anna Paulina just displayed here, and we apologize to Secretary Clinton for that,” Arthel Neville said. “Fox News does not condone her sentiments.”

On Saturday morning, Paulina tweeted an explanation and an apology to Fox and its viewers, but not Clinton.

A representative for Clinton did not return comment.

It’s not clear whether Paulina, who has appeared as a guest on Fox News in the past, will be invited back. A spokeswoman for the network pointed to Neville’s apology and declined to comment further.

Paulina is the director of Spanish engagement at Turning Point USA, a conservative group first built to fight a perception of liberal bias at college campuses. It has since become a safe space for young conservatives.

The group did not return a request for comment, and its website features only one mention of Paulina from an event she spoke at in October.

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