Real estate billionaire Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, both frontrunners in their respective party’s primaries, have been locked in a feud lately over allegations of sexism. In response to Clinton’s accusation of Trump having a “penchant for sexism,” Trump has fired back by insisting that her husband’s various scandals with women are “fair game.”
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“Well if you look at the different situations, of course you could name many of them, I could get you a list and I’ll have it sent to your office in two seconds. But there certainly were a lot of abuse of women, you look at whether it’s Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones, or any of them, and that certainly will be fair game,” Trump said during an appearance on NBC’s “The Today Show.” “Certainly, if they play the woman’s card with respect to me, that will be fair game.”
Their spat began last week when Trump commented that Clinton had gotten “schlonged” by President Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary. Clinton responded by accusing Trump of having a pervasive sexist attitude, which in turn provoked Trump into attempting to refocus the dialogue on Bill Clinton’s role in his wife’s presidential campaign.
Before the current election, Trump enjoyed a friendly relationship with the Clinton family, going as far as to defend Bill Clinton’s legacy by dismissing the attempts to impeach him over the Monica Lewinsky scandal as “nonsense.” On Tuesday, Trump claimed that he was merely acting diplomatically.
“I’m dubbed as a world-class businessman, which frankly that’s what I am, and I got along with everybody. I got along with the Clintons, the Republicans, the Democrats, the liberals, the conservatives. That was my obligation, as a businessman,” Trump said. “But I get along with along with the Clintons and I get along with everybody virtually, because that was — when I needed approvals, when I needed something from Washington, I always got what I wanted.”