"She is playing the woman's card to the hilt," Donald Trump says of Hillary Clinton

By Tierney McAfee
Updated May 09, 2016 05:35 PM
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Donald Trump just dealt Hillary Clinton a few new cards in their ongoing war over women.

During a tense interview with Chris Cuomo on CNN’s New Day Monday, the presumptive GOP nominee defended comments he made over the weekend that Clinton was an “unbelievably nasty, mean enabler” who has attacked some of the women who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment or infidelity.

“It’s only retribution for what she said. She is playing the woman’s card to the hilt,” Trump told Cuomo of his earlier attack on Clinton. “She is going – I watched over the weekend, everything is about ‘woman’ and ‘Donald Trump raised his voice.’ And you know it’s all nonsense. You know what? Women understand it better than anybody.”

When Cuomo pressed Trump to explain why he was focusing on Bill Clinton’s affairs as opposed to other issues, Trump argued, “I spoke very little about it compared to other things.”

“You took a small amount of the speech and then you build it up like it’s the biggest thing in the world,” Trump continued. “But it is a big thing. Hey, look, he was the biggest abuser of women, as a politician in the history of our country. He was impeached. He was impeached and then he lied about it, he said nothing happened with Monica Lewinsky, then he said, ‘Sorry, folks it actually did happen.’ And the guy was impeached for lying.”

“All of that can be true but what does it have to do with Hillary?” Cuomo fired back.

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“She can’t talk about me because nobody respects women more than Donald Trump,” Trump replied. “I will be better for women, by a big factor, than Hillary Clinton, who frankly, I don’t even think will be good to women.”

Trump on Friday accused Clinton of being a “total enabler” of her husband’s alleged affairs, saying at a rally, “She would go after these women and destroy their lives. She was an unbelievably nasty, mean enabler, and what she did to a lot of those women is disgraceful.”

Asked to respond to Trump’s comments during a recent campaign stop in Stone Ridge, Virginia, Clinton said, “I have nothing to say about him and how he’s running his campaign. I’ve been clear that a lot of his rhetoric is dangerous.”