Washington, D.C., insiders affiliated with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton are appalled by GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s latest comments about her. Meanwhile, Clinton herself says “Nothing really surprises me anymore” about Trump.
Trump mocked the former secretary of state during a Dec. 21 rally, referring to her bathroom break during the Dec. 19 Democratic debate.
“I know where she went -- it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it.” Trump said. “No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting.”
He then used a Yiddish slang term for male genitals to refer to U.S. President Barack Obama’s defeat of Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primary.
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“She was favored to win, and she got schlonged!” Trump said.
While Clinton herself did not give a direct immediate reaction to the derogatory comments, her allies and campaign staffers swiftly condemned Trump’s words.
“We are not responding to Trump but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should,” tweeted Clinton’s communications director, Jennifer Palmieri, according to Fox News.
“We are watching the Donald melt down,” former Congresswoman and Clinton ally Ellen Tauscher told The Hill. “His racist, sexist, xenophobic rants are now wearing on people generally. Even the folks caught up in the celebrity culture that thought these performances were funny … now realize these comments seem predictable and pathetic.”
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While Tauscher predicts Trump’s recent comments to hurt his standing in the GOP race, the business mogul’s entire presidential campaign has gone through monthly periods of pundits declaring that he had crossed the line only to watch his polls climb higher.
“It seems like he says whatever he wants to say and his fans like him more,” Ohio University professor Katherine Jellison told The Hill. “No matter how crude, his fans seem to like it … his poll numbers will probably go up.’”
Political scientist Martin Sweet also doesn’t think the comments will result in a drop in Trump’s polls, reasoning that “It’s just not out of character for him. The bar is so low for Trump for what people will tolerate.”
On Dec. 22, Clinton broke her personal silence on Trump’s comments, criticizing the entire tone of his platform, CNN reports.
“I really deplore the tone of his campaign, the inflammatory rhetoric that he is using to divide people, and his going after groups of people with hateful, incendiary rhetoric,” said Clinton. “Nothing really surprises me anymore. I don’t know that he has any boundaries at all.”
Clinton then compared Trump to a schoolyard bully, implying that his verbal takedowns of fellow candidates is the core appeal of his presidential campaign.
“His bigotry, his bluster, his bullying have become his campaign,” Clinton continued. “And he has to keep sort of upping the stakes and going even further.”
In regards to Trump calling her use of a bathroom “disgusting” and that “she got schlonged” by Obama, Clinton said “It’s not the first time he’s demonstrated a penchant for sexism.”