Donald Trump brought his free-wheeling use of foul language to a new level when he said Hillary Clinton was “schlonged” in 2008 to describe her unexpected loss to Barack Obama in the Democratic primary.
A day earlier, Trump derided Clinton over the time she took for a bathroom break during a debate.
Trump made the off-color remarks that drew widespread criticism for being sexist at a campaign appearance in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after he called Clinton a liar for saying his proposal to ban entry of all foreign Muslims to the United States is aiding Islamic State’s propaganda efforts, Reuters reports.
“She was going to beat Obama,” Trump said of Clinton.
“… She was going to beat — she was favored to win — and she got schlonged. She lost.”
“Schlong” is a Yiddish slang for a man’s genitals.
Trump, who is leading the Republican field for the 2016 presidential nomination, also made a reference to Clinton returning to the stage late after a bathroom break during a Democratic debate on Saturday night.
“I thought she gave up,” 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,” Trump said.
Jennifer Palmieri, Clinton’s communications director, tweeted on Tuesday that the campaign would not respond to the comments 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,” Palmieri said.
News reports after the debate said the women’s bathroom was farther from the stage than the men’s room.
A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Monday found that Trump would lose to Clinton in a hypothetical head-to-head contest if the presidential election were held today.
Trump appeared to struggle with women in a Quinnipiac Poll released on Tuesday.
Six in 10 women said they would be “embarrassed” if the billionaire were president, compared to four in 10 men, the poll found.
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