Donald Trump “Doubles Down” on Hillary Clinton
Donald Trump 2X’d-down on charges that Hillary Clinton would not stand a chance in a Presidential election if she weren’t a woman dismissing recent polling showing his support weak among women voters.
In a TV interview Sunday, the host asked Mr. Trump about assertions from “strategists in both parties” who say his remark last week – that “if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5% of the vote” – was driving his favorability even lower.
“Well, I am my own strategist …” he said, adding: “And it’s true, if she were not a woman, she wouldn’t even be in this race.”
Noting Mrs. Clinton’s terms as the Senator from New York and as Secretary of State, the interviewer pressed Donald Trump on whether the slap was “kind of dismissive.”
“Look, she is a strong person,” Mr. Trump said. “She’s going to have to be able to take it.”
“The fact is, the only card she has is the woman’s card,” he said. “She’s done a lousy job in so many ways and even women don’t like her. They don’t like her. But it is the woman’s card and she plays it …”
In a sign of growing acceptance that Donald Trump is their likely Presidential nominee, several Republicans said they would join him on the ticket, most prominently former US House speaker Newt Gingrich and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
Other Republicans who have said they would consider being Donald Trump’s running mate include Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Dr. Ben Carson and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.
“If a potential president says I need you, it would be very hard for a patriotic citizen to say no,” Mr. Gingrich said. “People can criticize a nominee, but ultimately there are very few examples of people turning down the Vice Presidency.”
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