Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump used vulgarity to describe Hillary Clinton’s loss to Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential race, then mocked her at the time she took for a bathroom break during a debate.
Trump’s bland comments on the top Democratic candidate in a campaign appearance on Monday night came a day after he labeled Clinton a liar for saying his proposal to ban all foreign Muslims from entering the United States supported Islamic State’s propaganda efforts .
“She wanted to beat Obama,” Trump said of Clinton in Grand Rapids, Michigan. “… She wanted to hit – she was preferred to win – and she was hit. She lost. ”
Trump, who led the field as a Republican candidate in the November 2016 presidential election, also pointed out that Clinton returned to the stage late after a bathroom break during a Saturday night Democratic debate.
“I thought she gave up,” said Trump. “Where did she go? Where did Hillary go? You had to start the debate without her. Phase II. I know where she went. That’s gross. I don’t want to talk about it,” Trump said.
Clinton, who answered a question about bullying at an event in Iowa, did not name Trump but said she was used to people saying “terrible things” about her.
“It’s important to stand up against bullies wherever they are and why we shouldn’t let anyone bully into the presidency because we Americans are not,” Clinton said, according to a video broadcast Tuesday on MSNBC.
Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s communications director, also tweeted a scathing response.
“We’re not responding to Trump, but anyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should,” Palmieri said.
News reports following Saturday’s debate, explaining Clinton’s delay in getting back on stage, said the women’s room was farther away than the men’s room.
A Reuters / Ipsos poll published on Monday found that if the presidential election were held now, Trump would lose in a hypothetical head-to-head contest to Clinton.
Trump, whose supporters admire him for his simple words, appeared to be struggling to win women’s support in a Quinnipiac poll published on Tuesday. Six in ten women said they would be “embarrassed” if the real estate tycoon were president, compared with four in ten men, the survey found.
Trump’s blunt and sometimes outrageous style and comments about Hispanics, women, Muslims, and his rivals for the nomination set much of the tone for the Republican race. He is also known to scold hecklers at his events, such as Monday night. Some were kicked out of the venue and Trump suggested they could be “drugged”. He reprimanded another group for being “so weak” that they would not resist the security guards’ instructions to leave.
Trump’s comments on Clinton weren’t the first time he’d fallen into vulgarity. In 2011, he used the term “schlonged” in an interview with the Washington Post to refer to a Republican candidate who surprisingly lost to a Democrat. Both candidates in this race were women.
Following a television debate in August, he posted Twitter messages criticizing Fox News host Megyn Kelly and made comments in a television interview that were widely interpreted as referring to her menstrual cycle. He denied that was his intention.
Trump, 69, said last month Clinton, 68, had neither the strength nor the stamina to become president, and he also named her the worst U.S. Secretary of State during her 2009-2013 tenure.
He has often ridiculed his rivals for the Republican nomination for their lower ranking in the polls, often focusing on Jeb Bush, whom he describes as “low energy”. Trump was quoted in Rolling Stone magazine in September when speaking of the appearance of Carly Fiorina: “Look at that face. Would someone vote for it? “