Donald Trump is becoming increasingly personal and vulgar in his attacks against his presidential rivals, even by his usually blatant standards.
Trump seemed to have crossed a new line Monday night when he launched a vulgar attack on Hillary Clinton during a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which included a sexually derogatory comment that did not go unnoticed. But before that, he referenced Hillary Clinton’s loss of the 2008 presidential primary to President Obama, saying Clinton got “schlonged” by Obama seven years ago.
“Even her race to Obama, she was gonna beat Obama. I don’t know who would be worse, I don’t know, how could it be worse? But she was going to beat — she was favored to win — and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost.”
Donald Trump calls Hillary Clinton "disgusting" for using the restroom during the latest Democratic debate https://t.co/PXwktKE8yZ
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 22, 2015
But that was just the beginning. Later, Trump attacked Clinton by passing a sexist remark which, quite disturbingly, was met with an uproarious applause by the vast majority of the assembled crowd. Talking about Clinton’s delayed return to the stage during Saturday’s Democratic debate, which many had assumed to be a bathroom break, Trump claimed that he knew where Hillary Clinton had gone. He then added that it was “too disgusting” to even talk about.
“What happened to her? I’m watching the debate, and she disappeared,” Trump wondered before solving the puzzle himself. “I know where she went, it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting, let’s not talk, we want to be very, very straight up.”
Trump then went on to call Clinton a “liar” and “crooked,” according to 10TV, insisting that she would not want to face Trump in the 2016 general election despite reporting that the Clinton camp is licking their lips at the prospect of Trump as an opponent.
Of course, this is not the first time that Donald Trump has attacked women, including Clinton, by disguising sexism in the garb of humor. Earlier, in an interview with Barbara Waters, Trump claimed that Hillary Clinton does not have enough stamina to last the campaign trail, according to Bustle.
“She [Hillary Clinton] sleeps too much on the campaign trail,” Trump had said in no ambiguous terms.
Meanwhile, according to NBC News, the Clinton camp responded to Trump’s comments by refusing to be drawn into a verbal duel. Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri issued a tweet that encouraged people to speak out against Donald Trump for his seemingly obvious sexist statements.
We are not responding to Trump but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should. #imwithher
— Jennifer Palmieri (@jmpalmieri) December 22, 2015
Trump has often reiterated that politicians in America need to break free from their self-imposed political correctness, but after his latest attack on Clinton, many wondered if Trump wasn’t just using rhetoric and bullying people into accepting his point of view.
After all, as much applause as Trump might have received during his Grand Rapids rally, his speech was not delivered without its fair share of disturbances and protests from some quarters of the 7,000-strong audience at Michigan’s Deltaplex Arena.
As Politico reported, Trump was interrupted by more than a dozen scattered outbursts from protesters during his speech, eliciting a range of responses from him.
“I’ll tell you they’re nice guys, very noncombative,” he said about one group of protesters before sarcastically telling one young protester that he was very brave to have shown his face during a Trump rally. “He’s holding up his hands like he’s Mike Tyson. He never threw a punch — so brave.”
But it was Trump’s rather disgusting attack on Clinton that drew the most media coverage. While most news outlets have branded it everything from “degrading” to “sexist” to “inflammatory,” one can rest assured that Donald Trump is not in the least bothered by it. As it turns out, Trump considers the press full of “lying disgusting people.”
“I would never kill them. I would never do that,” Trump said of reporters before reconsidering. “Uh, let’s see, uh?”
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