Clinton won’t respond to Trump’s ‘schlonged’ comment
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Clinton won’t respond to Trump’s ‘schlonged’ comment

Democratic candidate’s campaign urges public to react in its stead to Republican front-runner’s use of Yiddish vulgarity

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, September 9, 2015. (AFP/NICHOLAS KAMM)
US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC, September 9, 2015. (AFP/NICHOLAS KAMM)

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s communications director on Tuesday made it a point to stress that while the campaign chose not to respond to Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s use of a Yiddish vulgarity to deride Clinton during a Monday rally, the public should react to such comments.

“We are not responding to Trump but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should,” Jennifer Palmieri tweeted.

During a campaign rally at Grand Rapids’ DeltaPlex Arena, Trump used the crude language to portray Clinton as someone who constantly loses, citing her race against Barack Obama for the Democratic nomination in 2008.

“She was favored to win and she got schlonged, she lost,” he said. Schlong is a Yiddish word for penis.

At the same rally, Trump also mocked Clinton for returning to Saturday’s Democratic Party live TV debate late following a commercial break. “I thought she quit, I thought she gave up,” Trump joked. He later seemed to acknowledge reports that she got delayed waiting to use a restroom: “I know where she went. It’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it.”

Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, addresses supporters at a campaign rally, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, addresses supporters at a campaign rally, Monday, Dec. 21, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

During the Monday rally, Trump also claimed Clinton lied when she said during the debate that the Islamic State group used videos of his comments about Muslims to recruit militants. The Republican presidential front-runner also took to Twitter to demand an apology from his leading Democratic opponent.

During Saturday’s faceoff among Democrats, Clinton said Trump had become the Islamic State’s “best recruiter” and said, “They are going to people showing videos of Donald Trump insulting Islam and Muslims in order to recruit more radical jihadists.”

There was no evidence to back the claim, and a spokeswoman later said, “She didn’t have a particular video in mind.”

Still, Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon, asked Monday by MSNBC if Clinton would apologize to Trump, insisted, “Hell no.”

Trump argued Monday that he is the last person Clinton wants to run against in a general election.

“Ask Jeb Bush if he enjoys running against me,” he said of the former Florida governor who has been struggling to gain traction despite a massive early fundraising advantage.

“Ask Lindsey Graham, did he enjoy running against Trump?” he said of the South Carolina senator who on Monday announced his departure from the race.

Trump also defended the kind words he’s been exchanging with Russian President Vladimir Putin, brushing off criticism that he has been too kind to the Russian president.

“That’s like a good thing, not a bad thing,” he insisted. “Wouldn’t it be nice if we could get along like with people?”

And he made clear that he is opposed to the killing of journalists, after appearing to brush off concerns about Putin’s record on a Sunday morning news show.

“I don’t like that, I’m totally against that,” said Trump. “By the way, I hate some of these people … and some of them are such lying, disgusting people, it’s true. But I would never kill. And anybody that does I think would be despicable.”

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