During Sunday’s presidential debate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton battled over their and former President bill Clinton’s treatment of women.
Trump said, while discussing the tape, that it was “locker room talk” that he wasn’t proud of. He continued, “If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse, mine are words, and his was action. His was — what he h’s done to women, there’s never been anybody in history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women, so you can say any way you want to say it, but Bill Clinton was abusive to women. Hillary Clinton attacked those same women, and attacked them viciously. Four of them here tonight. One of the women, who is a wonderful woman, at 12 years old, was raped, at 12. Her client, she represented, got him off, and she’s seen laughing on two separate occasion, laughing at the girl who was raped. … So, don’t tell me about words. I am absolutely — I apologize for those words. But it is things that people say, but what President Clinton did, he was impeached. He lost his license to practice law. He had to pay an $850,000 fine, to one of the women, Paula Jones, who’s also here tonight, and I will tell you that when Hillary brings up a point like that, and she talks about words that I said 11 years ago, I think it’s disgraceful, and I think she should be ashamed of herself, if you want to know the truth.”
Clinton responded, “Well, first, let me start by saying, that so much of what he’s just said is not right, but he gets to run his campaign any way he chooses. He gets to decide what he wants to talk about. Instead of answering people’s questions, talking about our agenda, laying out the plans that we have that we think can make a better life and a better country. That’s his choice. When I hear something like that, I am reminded of what my friend, Michelle Obama, advised us all. When they go low, you go high.”
She continued, “And, look, if this were just about one video, maybe what he’s saying tonight would be understandable, but everyone can draw their own conclusions at this point about whether or not the man in video, or the man on the stage respects women, but he never apologizes for anything to anyone.” She then listed the Khan family, Judge Curiel, Serge Kovaleski, and the birther theory about President Obama as things Trump hasn’t apologized for. She then said, “He owes the president an apology. He owes our country an apology, and he needs to take responsibility for his actions and his words.”
Trump then stated, “Well, you owe the president an apology, because, as you know very well, your campaign, Sidney Blumenthal, he’s another real winner that you have, and he’s the one that got this started, along with your campaign manager, and they were on television just two weeks ago, she was, saying exactly that. So, you really owe him an apology. You’re the one that sent the pictures around. Your campaign sent the pictures around with President Obama in a certain garb. That was long before I was ever involved. So, you actually owe an apology. Number two, Michelle Obama. I’ve gotten to see the commercials that they did on you, and I’ve gotten to see some of the most vicious commercials I’ve ever seen, of Michelle Obama talking about you, Hillary.”
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