Last week, or a thousand years ago in campaign time, Donald Trump made a thing out of Hillary Clinton using the bathroom at the Democratic debate, and, separately, said she had gotten "schlonged" by Obama in the 2008 elections. As The New York Times described it, Clinton's aides "could barely believe their good fortune. Mr. Trump had just given them new fodder to galvanize women behind her candidacy—and they used it." The Clinton campaign said it wouldn't respond to Trump but that others should, trying to launch an #ImWithHer hashtag, about the same time #NotMyAbuela came up after the Clinton campaign's attempts to paint her as just like yours backfired.
Donald Trump, as he tends to do, declared that he'd hit back by bringing up the history of sexual misconduct allegations surrounding Bill Clinton. At a campaign appearance in South Carolina yesterday, he called Clinton "one of the great abusers of the world," driving chatter about Clinton on cable news.
Today, after Hillary Clinton didn't mention Trump at her own campaign appearance, Trump took credit. From a transcript of the comments at RealClearPolitics:
Although, I think last night I gave her a big headache. I can imagine those discussions. But you have to hit back hard and you can't let them push you around. Today she gave a speech and she never even mentioned my name—I wonder why.
I was mentioned nine times in the [most recent DNC] debate. Everything, all of them, her. None of the other candidates were mentioned. And then she came out with the sexism, which is nonsense, but she is playing that card. And then I had to hit her back and I talked about her husband and the abuse of women. It's horrific abuse. And I talked about that. And now today on the television they're going crazy.
She gets up, makes a speech, doesn't even mention me or sexism. I wonder why. I wonder why!
Later he asked the crowd if they remembered "all those people who are gone" that he had focused on. "I don't want to name names, but they are all the people who attacked me," Trump said. "Wouldn't it be nice if our country could have that same thing? You attack, boom, you're gone." At another point in the speech he said he used the word "stupid" because "there's no better word," and as a highly educated Ivy league graduate he has "the best words."
Your Republican frontrunner on the last day of 2015, at an average of 35 percent in the polls and rising. Happy New Year!