Tuesday 12 December 2017

Trump accused of sexism after saying Hillary 'got schlonged'

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses with supporters after a campaign rally.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump poses with supporters after a campaign rally.

Doina Chiacu in Washington

Donald Trump was back in hot water again yesterday after using a vulgarity to describe Hillary Clinton's loss to Barack Obama for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.

The frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination then derided her over the time she took for a bathroom break during a debate.

Mr Trump's off-colour comments about the Democratic front-runner at a campaign appearance on Monday night came a day after he called Ms Clinton a liar for saying his proposal to ban the entry of all foreign Muslims to the US aided Isil's propaganda efforts.

"She was going to beat Obama," Mr Trump said of Ms Clinton in Grand Rapids, Michigan. "She was going to beat - she was favoured to win - and she got schlonged. She lost. She lost."

"Schlong" is a Yiddish slang term for a man's genitals.

Mr Trump also made a reference to Ms Clinton returning to the stage late after a bathroom break during a Democratic debate on Saturday night.

"I thought she gave up," Mr Trump said. "Where did she go? Where did Hillary go? They had to start the debate without her. Phase II. I know where she went. It's disgusting. I don't want to talk about it," he said.

Reports after the debate said the women's bathroom was farther from the stage than the men's bathroom.

Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton's communications director, tweeted yesterday that the campaign would not respond, but was scathing about the language Trump used.

"We are not responding to Trump but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should," Ms Palmieri said.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday found that Mr Trump would lose to Ms Clinton in a hypothetical head-to-head contest if the presidential election were held today. The two are heading their respective fields to be the Republican and Democratic nominees for the election in November next year.

Mr Trump's blunt and sometimes outrageous style and comments about Hispanics, women, Muslims and his rivals for the nomination have set much of the tone for the Republican race.

His appearance on Monday night was interrupted by hecklers who were ejected from the event. The real estate tycoon suggested the protesters might be "drugged out" and chided another group for being "so weak" they would not resist security guards' directions to leave.

His comments about Ms Clinton were not the first time he has veered into vulgarity. After a TV debate in August, he posted Twitter messages criticising Fox News moderator 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.

Mr Trump (69) said last month that Ms Clinton (68) did not have strength or stamina to be president, and also has called her the worst US Secretary of State during her time in the post from 2009 to 2013.

He has frequently mocked his rivals for the Republican nomination for their lower standing in the polls, often focusing on Jeb Bush, who he describes as "low energy". He was quoted in 'Rolling Stone' magazine in September talking about the appearance of Carly Fiorina by saying, "Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that?"

Meanwhile Chelsea Clinton, the only child of Hillary Clinton, announced yesterday that she is expecting her second child next summer.

"Charlotte is going to be a big sister! Feeling very blessed & grateful this holiday season," Chelsea Clinton wrote on Twitter.

Chelsea Clinton (35) and her father have largely stayed off the campaign trail since Hillary Clinton launched her Democratic bid for the presidency in April.

Both have said they plan to intensify their public political roles after the New Year in an effort to boost Ms Clinton's campaign just six weeks before the first round of primary voting.

The soon-to-be second-time grandparents tweeted their congratulations

Irish Independent

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