At an Iowa rally this week a young audience member asked Hillary Clinton what she was going to do about “bullies.” The Democrat responded by saying she is old enough that vicious remarks don’t particularly bother her anymore, and added some thinly-veiled jabs at her Republican rival, Donald Trump.
“You’re looking at someone who has had a lot of really terrible things said about me… we are not treating each other with the respect and the care that we should show to each other. And that’s why it’s important to stand up to bullies, wherever they are.”
The comments followed a week of vulgar remarks by Trump about the Democratic candidate. Trump has been criticised as “sexist” and “low” for using a sexual term when describing Hillary’s loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 race for the Democratic nomination. During the heated speech, Trump also developed a brief but probably strategically-motivated fixation on the fact that Clinton paused to take a bathroom break during a recent Democratic debate, encouraging his supporters to think of his fellow presidential candidate as “disgusting.”
Clinton: 'Important to stand up to bullies' https://t.co/BC5fAmFh7K— Think Smarter (@ProudlyLiberal2) December 23, 2015
Trump went on to claim that the little girl who prompted Clinton’s “stand up to bullies” remark was actually planted in the audience.
The Hillary Clinton staged event yesterday was pathetic. Be careful Hillary as you play the war on women or women being degraded card.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2015
The Daily Mail is now reporting that this is not the case, though the girl’s mother is apparently a registered Democrat.
The mother of young Hannah Tandy insisted that she had no idea her girl was going to take the microphone. She told the Des Moines Register:
“I don’t want to get in a big match-up with Donald Trump, but let me tell you, I will be in one if he makes comments about my daughter. She’s 10. She’s just a little girl.”
Clinton hugged 10-year-old Hannah at the rally before she gave her much-publicized response to the girl’s question.
“I really do think we need more love and kindness in our country… it’s important to stand up to bullies wherever they are, and why we shouldn’t let anybody bully his way into the presidency. Because that is not who we are as Americans.”
Hillary Clinton tells 5th grader “It’s important to stand up to bullies wherever we are" after Trump's vulgar attack pic.twitter.com/Jmm9g8rSIu— Rob Burton (@OakvilleMayor) December 24, 2015
Lexie Tandy, the mother of Hannah, told the Des Moines Register that, while she is a registered Democrat, she has not yet decided who she will vote for.
She added that, if her daughter was old enough to vote, the young Hillary fan would definitely be voting for Clinton.
“But if Hannah could vote, I’m sure she’d be for Hillary.”
Trump responded to Hillary’s criticism of him with a tweet urging her to “be careful” when speaking in terms of subjugation of women and sexism in politics. It’s not clear what Trump meant, but the real estate mogul may be referring to a perception that feminist ideas or rhetoric could alienate some voters.
Trump also tweeted that he has “great respect” for women, again urging Clinton to be careful. Could the real estate mogul, who is married with an adult daughter, be threatening some kind of payback if Clinton’s camp persists?
Hillary, when you complain about "a penchant for sexism," who are you referring to. I have great respect for women. BE CAREFUL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2015
After Trump made his remarks, Clinton staffer Jen Palmieri tweeted that the Clinton camp would not be responding. Palmieri did urge others to fight back, writing that “everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should,” according to The Week.
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