US Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton has responded to attacks against her husband’s past sexual affairs, saying they “won’t work” in damaging her campaign.
Donald Trump, the leading Republican candidate, has spent weeks criticizing Bill Clinton in his campaign events, calling the former president “one of the great abusers of the world” and “one of the great woman abusers of all time.”
The billionaire businessman also suggested that Hillary was not a “victim” of her husband’s infidelities but rather served as an “enabler” for his improprieties.
“She’s not a victim. She was an enabler,” he said on Fox News Sunday. “She worked with him. She was – some of the women have been totally destroyed. Some of these women have been destroyed. And Hillary worked with him.”
Trump unleashed his barrage of attacks against Bill Clinton after his wife, Hillary, accused the real estate mogul of sexism.
Clinton, who has tried to portray herself as a women’s rights candidate, hit back against Trump on Sunday.
“If he wants to engage in personal attacks from the past, that’s his prerogative. So be it,” she said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“I’m going to draw the distinctions between where I stand and where he stands,” she said of Trump.
The former secretary of state, however, called that line of attack a “dead end” for her rivals.
“He can say whatever he wants to about me. Let the voters judge that, but I am not going to let him or any of the other Republicans rip away the progress that women have made,” Clinton said. “It’s been too hard fought for and I’m going to stand up and make it clear there’s a huge difference between us.”
The attacks have intensified as Bill Clinton has played a more visible role in his wife’s presidential campaign.
In response, the Democratic front-runner has put the spotlight on Trump’s harsh rhetoric on Mexican immigrants, Muslims, and women.
“We should not reward people who use inflammatory rhetoric, who use the kind of derogatory comments, whether it’s about Muslims, or Mexicans, or women, or people with disabilities, whoever it might be,” Clinton said in an interview with MSNBC last week.
Clinton’s attacks in recent days have become more pointed, slamming the Republican candidates as “foolish” and “shortsighted.”
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