Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded punches late this week, offering a preview of what a general-election clash might portend as both candidates draw closer to earning their respective parties’ nominations.
Trump resurrected his line that Clinton will only be able to play the “women card” and began referring to her as “Crooked Hillary,” while Clinton likened her would-be opponent to an online bully and urged Americans to “stand up” to him.
“The only thing she’s got going is the women card,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ “Watters World” set to air Saturday night, according to excerpts released by the network. “Without the women card, she’s got nothing going and she’s gonna play it to the hilt and I’m gonna be talking about things and one of the things I talk about is, we call her ‘Crooked Hillary’ because she’s a crooked person — she’s always been a crooked person.”
Clinton, who has recently addressed the role of online bullying in various contexts, spoke to a group of women at a Pennsylvania campaign event discussing pay equity on Friday in which she remarked, according to The Washington Post’s account, that her campaign against Trump would be all about exposing his “insults” and “derogatory comments.”
Those remarks echo what the former secretary of state told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday morning, after the show played a clip of Trump applying his new “Crooked Hillary” moniker and pointing to criticism from Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders.
“OK, there’s the first attack,” said co-anchor George Stephanopoulos, who served as a top adviser to President Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign and briefly in the White House.
Clinton replied, “I am not going to be responding to all the crazy stuff he says. I think we’re going to talk about what’s going to be good for America, how we’re going to make potential and promise that every person in this country should be able to take advantage of.”