In an effort to play down his own negative ratings amongst women, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump sought to attack Hillary Clinton, calling her an “enabler” of her husband’s past infidelities.
The comment was made during a campaign over the weekend to slash down at Clinton’s appeal to women voters. In a recent CNN/ORC poll, it was found that 64 percent of American women do not prefer Trump.
“Hillary hurt many women — the women that he abused,” Trump told a rally in Spokane, Washington, as quoted by the ABC. “And just remember this — she was an unbelievably nasty, mean enabler, and what she did to a lot of those women is disgraceful. Some of those women were destroyed not by him, but by the way that Hillary Clinton treated them after everything went down.”
He added that former president Bill Clinton abused women more than any other man in the history. He targeted the former president’s infidelities, particularly the Monica Lewinsky affair that led to his impeachment, to disarm the possible Democratic presidential candidate. He also said that Clinton had no chance of getting this far without playing the “woman’s card.”
“Just remember that when you’re watching these phony, paid-for-by Wall Street ads, put out by Hillary Clinton on Donald Trump. And just remember, I said it: There is nobody that has more respect for women than me,” CNN quoted him as saying.
He cited the high ranking women working at his own organisation, including his daughter Ivanka Trump. He added that he often pays women more than men working in similar positions. “I have women — frankly, I shouldn’t say this because the men are going to get angry, but — I have women that make more money than men doing comparable jobs,” Trump said. “Men, am I OK saying that?”
He added that “The women get it better than we do, folks.”
Trump’s efforts to turn the table on Clinton on the women issue seemed to be an attempt to inoculate himself against potential television advertisements by the Clinton camp that might highlight his most controversial comments to date.