Hitting back at Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s charge that he is a sexist, Donald Trump has responded with a vague threat, telling her to “be careful!”
Trump sparked outrage during a Dec. 21 campaign rally when he mocked Clinton for using the restroom during the Dec. 19 Democratic debate, calling it “too disgusting.”
The business mogul then used a slang term that many found to be a crude, derogatory slur against women, saying that President Barack Obama “schlonged” Clinton during the 2008 Democratic primary.
Trump defended his use of the word, saying that it meant “beaten badly,” according to CNN.
Clinton’s allies and women's groups across the country were enraged by Trump’s remarks while the former secretary of state’s campaign would only indirectly slam the mogul, at least initially.
“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,” Clinton said on Dec. 23, according to The Huffington Post.
“Nothing really surprises me anymore,” Clinton continued. “I don’t know that he has any boundaries at all … I think he has to answer for what he says, and I assume that others will make the larger point about his language. It’s not the first time he’s demonstrated a penchant for sexism.”
Seemingly ignoring Clinton’s other charges that he is a “bigot” and a “bully,” Trump latched onto her “sexism” remark. The GOP front-runner took to social media on Dec. 23 to tweet out warnings against Clinton for making the presidential election about gender biases, CBS News reports.
“The Hillary Clinton staged event yesterday was pathetic,” Trump tweeted. “Be careful Hillary as you play the war on women or women being degraded card.”
The business mogul repeated his warning later that evening, giving what seemed like a threat.
“Hillary, when you complain about a ‘penchant for sexism,’ who are you referring to?” Trump tweeted again. “I have great respect for women. BE CAREFUL!”
Trump’s political director, Michael Glassner, seemed to confirm that the Trump campaign will write off the “schlonged” controversy as Clinton playing “politically correct” gender politics, going so far as to reference former President Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinski, according to CBS.
“I think it’s ironic that Hillary Clinton is playing the sexism card considering the record of her husband and his term in the White House,” Glassner said. “He was impeached by the House of Representatives for his behavior.”