“Show business”

Donald Trump defends sexist remarks, trades insults with Clinton

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During a primetime CNN event that featured interviews with the five remaining presidential candidates, Donald Trump again defended himself for derogatory remarks he’s made about women over the years. He also took the opportunity to lash out at Hillary Clinton. After confronting Trump with a TV ad that showed some of the billionaire’s most outrageous comments about women, Wolf Blitzer asked whether the remarks had now come back to haunt him. “No. I think people understand,” Trump replied. “First of all, half of that was show business. The dropping to the knees, that was in The Apprentice. The Rosie O’Donnell stuff. But I think people understand. Look, these politicians, I know them. They say far worse when they’re in closed doors or where they’re with a group of people that they trust.” Trump argued that the comments did not reflect his real attitude toward women. “Nobody respects women more than I do. Nobody takes care of the women — and they take care of me because they do such a great job.” When pressed on his ongoing feud with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, he called her a “third-rate talent” and said his Twitter jabs at her were fair game because of her ongoing negative coverage of him.

Trump also went after his likely opponent in the general election, Hillary Clinton, telling Wolf Blitzer that she does not have “the stamina” to become president. “You watch her life. You watch how she’ll go away three or four days; she’ll come back,” he said.  “Look, we’ve got to beat China in trade. We’ve got to beat ISIS. We’ve got so many problems in this country; I say she does not have the stamina to be a good president … doesn’t have the energy, she doesn’t have it. Doesn’t have the strength to be president, in my opinion.” Clinton herself, interviewed by Anderson Cooper, also attacked her likely Republican rival for “engaging in bigotry and bluster and bullying” and said voters should listen carefully to what he is saying, in order to understand what he would be like as president. “I think his incitement of violence, his constant urging on of his supporters in large numbers to go after protesters, his saying I want to punch people in the face and telling somebody who did punch somebody I will pay your legal bills — I think that raises very serious questions,” she added.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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