At some point, no one will be surprised by anything that Donald Trump says, but that day has not yet come.
In a strong reaction against Hillary Clinton’s recent statement that Trump is “ISIS’ best recruiter,” Trump has launched some deeply personal and admittedly ugly attacks against the Democratic presidential candidate. At one point, in reference to the 2008 presidential election, Trump summed up Clinton’s surprising loss in the primaries with a rather offensive and sexually derogatory statement, saying that Clinton had gotten “schlonged” in the primaries by then-senator Barrack Obama.
“I don’t know who would be worse, I don’t know, how does it get worse? But she was going to beat — she was favored to win – and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost,” Trump said at a recent rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Hillary Clinton referred to Trump’s policy proposal that all Muslims be barred entry into the United States as being detrimental to the country’s fight against ISIS during the recent Democratic debate, adding that his anti-Muslim rhetoric was actually achieving the opposite effect. Rather than deterring terrorists, Clinton said his bombastic responses to recent attacks were instead being used as ISIS propaganda in order to recruit more extremists into the fold, calling him “ISIS’ best recruiter.”
Trump quickly took offense and demanded an apology from Clinton, whose campaign replied with a resounding, “Hell no.”
Trump discussed what he described as Clinton’s history of losses at his rally in Michigan, saying that everything involving Hillary “has been losses” while pointing to Saturday night’s Democratic presidential debate. Clinton, Trump claims, is simply not presidential material.
“Let’s assume that Hillary becomes president — oh, my God. Oh, she’ll be the worst. Is that a president? You saw her the other day, in all fairness. You saw it the other day. You saw the debates where they hide them between football games. Let me just tell you: I may win. I may not win. Hillary, that’s not a president.”
Trump then added, “This is not a president. Now, you can say what you want. And we can be nice, or we don’t have to be nice.”
Donald Trump obviously has made the decision not to be nice.
Not content with simply saying that Clinton “got schlonged” in 2008, Trump also referenced Clinton’s bathroom break during the most recent Democratic debate, describing the moment that showed Clinton’s empty podium on the stage as “disgusting.”
“What happened to her?” Trump wondered out loud to the crowd. “I’m watching the debate, and she disappeared.”
He then answered his own question.
“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. We want to be very straight up, OK?”
Of course, despite the fact that the bitter comments being flung back and forth between the Republican and Democratic front-runners have the race sounding more like a general election than a primary, Trump still remembered to hammer at his Republican competition, as well.
Trump described Jeb Bush’s candidacy as “sad,” telling the crowd at his Michigan rally that the Bush family is “ashamed” of both Jeb’s standing and his candidacy. He also touched upon Senator Lindsey Graham’s recent decision to leave the race, reminding the audience that Graham often got “nasty” about Trump. However, he added that Graham’s decision to leave was “sad.”
The Clinton campaign acknowledged the insult made by Trump, via a statement by campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri, who called on “everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women” to respond to Trump via tweet.
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
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