Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump’s attacks against the Clintons have escalated, with him now throwing back their accusations of sexism.
Trump’s remarks were a response to Hillary Clinton’s recent announcement former president Bill Clinton would be hitting the campaign trail with her in January, ABC News reports.
Using Clinton’s words during an interview with the Des Moines Register Dec.22, he tweeted “Hillary Clinton has announced that she is letting her husband out to campaign but he’s demonstrated a penchant for sexism, so inappropriate!”
He added, “If Hillary thinks she can unleash her husband, with his terrible record of women abuse, while playing the women's card on me, she's wrong!”
Earlier Clinton’s campaign staff had accused Trump of sexism after he criticized Clinton for her restroom breaks at debate.
“We are not responding to Trump but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should,” tweeted Jennifer Palmieri, Hilary For America’s Communications Director.
Clinton did not explicitly respond to Trump’s remarks until the Dec. 22 interview with the Des Moines Register.
She elaborated, “I don't respond to him personally because he thrives on that kind of exchange” but added that it’s not “the first time he’s demonstrated a penchant for sexism.”
Trump’s made headlines in the past for his sexist remarks towards Clinton and others.
In April 2015, he tweeted, “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
Yet Trump claims he is not a sexist and on Dec. 23 tweeted “I have great respect for women”. He added that Clinton should “be careful” whom she was talking about, and later threw her accusations against her.
Republicans have long accused Democrats of hypocrisy when it comes to women’s rights issues, often citing Bill Clinton’s actions as proof, Yahoo Politics reports.
“The Democrats…said Republicans are committing a war on women. [Bill Clinton] took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office”, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said in 2014. “There is no excuse for that, and that is predatory behavior, and it should be something we shouldn’t want to associate with people who would take advantage of a young girl in his office.“