Clinton on Trump’s Miss Universe attacks: ‘Unhinged’
Hours after Donald Trump sent out a series of early morning tweets criticizing Hillary Clinton, a former Miss Universe and the media, the Democratic nominee sent out a tweetstorm of her own.
Clinton retweeted one of Trump’s early morning tweets where he called former Miss Universe Alicia Machado “disgusting” and encouraged his followers to check out her sex tape. Clinton tweeted that Trump’s comments were “unhinged” and then rattled off a series of Trump’s previous comments about women.
The “sex tape” charge appears to be false. Machado had a racy-but-not-naked scene in a reality TV show. And pornographic videos have also circulated online featuring an actress who is misidentified as Machado, according to fact-checking website Snopes.
Machado has come to the forefront of the campaign after Clinton brought her up during the first presidential debate. Trump had previously called her “Miss Piggy” for gaining weight after she was crowned and “Miss Housekeeping” — an apparent reference to her being from Venezuela. Alicia deserves praise for courageously standing up to Trump’s attacks. And he has the gall to blame her—and say he “helped”?
When something gets under Donald’s thin skin, he lashes out and can’t let go. This is dangerous for a president.
When something gets under Donald’s thin skin, he lashes out and can’t let go. This is dangerous for a president.
Trump obsessively bullies Rosie O’Donnell—an accomplished actor. He insulted Kim Kardashian for her weight—when she was pregnant. Pathetic.
We’ve heard Donald’s insults for years, and his policies reflect this disregard—even contempt—for women.
The first televised presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was a bonanza for fact checkers. Here are some of the candidates’ statements and how they compare with the facts.
Claim: Donald Trump repeated his insistence that he was against the 2003 invasion of Iraq, claiming Clinton’s assertions to the contrary were “mainstream media nonsense put out by her”.
Reality Check verdict: Trump did not publicly speak out against the war before it started. On September, 11 2002, radio host Howard Stern asked Trump if he supported a potential invasion of Iraq. He replied: “Yeah, I guess so”. During the debate, he tried to explain that away by saying the comment had been made “lightly”. He said he had been arguing in private, to Fox News’s Sean Hannity, that war would destabilise the Middle East, but we have no evidence to support that so far. He did start to express doubts after the invasion.
Claim: Clinton attacked Trump over his boasts about his business acumen. “You know, Donald was very fortunate in his life and that’s all to his benefit,” Clinton said. “He started his business with $14m, borrowed from his father.”
Reality Check verdict: Trump says he received a $1m loan from his real estate mogul father. He also got loan guarantees and money from his future inheritance and inherited a share of his father’s property holdings.
Claim: Trump alleged that Clinton called the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal the “gold standard” of trade agreements. Clinton denied this but added: “I did say I hoped it would be a good deal.”
Reality Check verdict: We give this one to Trump. Clinton did more than express hope that the deal would turn out well and in a 2012 trip to Australia said it would be the “gold standard”: “This TPP sets the gold standard in trade agreements to open free, transparent, fair trade, the kind of environment that has the rule of law and a level playing field.”
Claim: Clinton said: “People have looked at both of our plans, have concluded that mine would create 10 million jobs and yours would lose us 3.5 million jobs.”
Reality Check verdict: Clinton has made this claim before. It is based on an optimistic reading of a report by Moody’s Analytics, which says that most of the 10 million new jobs would be created anyway by an expanding economy. If all of Clinton’s economic policies became law – which the report says is unlikely – they would account for 3.2 million of the 10 million jobs. The same company analysed Trump’s plans and suggested they would tip the US into recession and lead to 3.5 million job losses – something strongly disputed by the Trump campaign.
But the two reports cover different time frames. The author Mark Zandi told CNN Money a more accurate comparison to the 10 million jobs created under Clinton would be 400,000 jobs lost under Trump, not 3.4 million.
Claim: Trump has frequently tried to blame the rise of Islamic State militants on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. This is his latest attempt.
Reality Check verdict: Possibly the strangest claim of the night. Clinton is 68 years old. The so-called Islamic State can trace its roots back to 1999, although it did not start referring to itself as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) until 2013. Read more here.
Claim: Clinton accused Trump of calling calling climate change a hoax invented by the Chinese. He insisted “I did not say that”.
Reality Check verdict: This claim relates to a 2012 tweet which Trump later said was a joke. He said: “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”
Claim: Clinton said race determines how people are treated in the criminal justice system.
Reality Check verdict: This is a tough one to prove as there are no figures on the percentage of crimes that result in arrest. What we do know is that black people are locked up five times more frequently than white people. African-American people make up about 13% of the United States population. White people make up 64%. But black people make up 40% of the prison population, and white people 39%. It does not mean that black people, who tend to live more in urban, heavily policed areas, are five times as likely to commit crime however.
Clinton also claimed that African American men are more likely to be killed by guns than other demographics, something that is largely born out by the statistics.
Claim: Murders in New York city are up.
Reality Check verdict: As so often with crime statistics it depends how you slice it. The murder rate in New York city is close to record lows but did increase slightly between 2014 and 2015, according to FBI figures. But the very latest figures from the New York Police Department show murder rates are down 4% on 2015.
Murder rates across the US as a whole went up 10.8% in 2015, the biggest single-year percentage jump since 1971, with a big spike in a handful of cities including Chicago, Washington DC and Baltimore.
Trump also claimed that “stop and frisk” tactics “worked very well in New York” and brought crime rates down. This is hotly disputed by researchers and commentators . Violent crime rates have continued to decline in New York, as part of a long term trend, even though the number of “stop and frisk” searches has gone down dramatically in recent years. Research by Jeffrey Fagan of Columbia University found indiscriminate searches had little effect on crime, although his research also found crime was reduced when police stopped and frisked civilians after observing someone acting violently, selling drugs or “casing a joint”.
Claim: Trump says he can’t release his tax returns because he is in the middle of a tax audit. He also says publishing them would not reveal much.
Clinton suggests he will never publish them as they might reveal he is not as rich as he says he is, does not pay Federal tax and does not give as much to charity as claimed.
Reality Check verdict: Being audited by the Internal Revenue Service does not prohibit the release of tax returns. They would reveal Trump’s annual income, how much he pays in tax and how much he gives to charity. Trump claims he has given $102m to charity in the past five years, but a Washington Post investigationcould not find any cash donated by Trump’s businesses after 2008. Trump’s actual wealth has been assessed by Forbes at $4.5bn, compared with the $10bn he claims.
Interestingly, Trump has never provided evidence that he is actually under audit by the tax authorities. According to Associated Press, a letter released by his tax lawyers never used the word, merely describing his tax returns as under continuous review.
First presidential debate: Clinton accuses Trump of ‘racist lie’ about Obama’s birthplace
Democrat Hillary Clinton accused her rival Donald Trump of pushing a “racist lie” that President Obama was not born in the United States.
“It can’t be dismissed that easily. He has really started his political activity based on this racist lie that our first black president was not an American citizen. There was no absolutely no evidence for it. But he persisted, he persisted year after year,” Clinton said Monday at the first presidential debate of the general election campaign. She cited 1970s lawsuits, in which Trump was accused of discriminating against black tenants: “He has a long record of engaging in racist behavior.”
Trump claimed credit for pushing the false notion that President Obama was not born in the United States, saying that “I think I did a good job.”
“Nobody was pressing it, nobody was caring much about it,” Trump said, when moderator Lester Holt asked why he had continued to support the “birther” theory, even after Obama had released his birth certificate from Hawaii. “But I was the one who got him to produce the birth certificate, and I think I did a good job.”
Holt asked Trump what he would say to black voters, who were unhappy that Trump has persisted so long with the false notion.
Trump said that African Americans and Hispanics in U.S. cities are “living in hell,” because the cities are so violent. He said he would restore “law and order,” in part by using the aggressive stop-and-frisk enforcement tactics once employed by the New York city police.
“Secretary Clinton doesn’t want to use a couple of words, and that’s law and order. We need law and order. If we don’t have it, we’re not going to have a country,” Trump said. “We need law and order in our country.”Moderator Lester Holt told Trump that stop-and-frisk tactics had been ruled unconstitutional, because it disproportionately targeted blacks and Hispanics.
“No, you’re wrong,” Trump said, blaming a judge who was biased against police, and blaming a New York City administration for giving up on the case. “The argument is that we have to take the guns away from these people…These are people that are bad people.”
Earlier, Trump declined again to release his income-tax returns during Monday night’s presidential debate, offering two explanations – first, that his returns were under audit and second, that the returns would not be that revelatory anyway.
“You don’t learn that much from tax returns, that I can tell you,” the GOP nominee said, after Holt had questioned the first rationale, saying that the IRS would not prohibit the release of tax returns under audit.
That exchange came during a period in which Democratic nominee Clinton sharply criticized Trump over his taxes, suggesting that perhaps Trump had not paid any income taxes in recent years.
“That means zero for troops, zero for vets, zero for schools and health,” Clinton said.
Trump did not seem to push back against that suggestion. At one point, when Clinton suggested that Trump should have paid more taxes to improve the country’s infrastructure.
“It would be squandered too, believe me,” Trump said.
Trump responded by saying that his business acumen was exactly what the country needs now: “We have a country that’s doing so badly, that’s being ripped off by every single county in the world. That’s the kind of thinking that our country needs.”
The first presidential debate of the general election campaign turned unusually contentious in its first half-hour, with Trump repeatedly interrupting Clinton, and Clinton telling Trump, “Donald, I know you live in your own reality.”
At one particularly unusual moment, about 25 minutes in, Trump attacked Clinton for posting her plan to fight the Islamic State on her website. That, he said, was not something that Gen. Douglas MacArthur – a leader of American forces in World War II and the Korean War – would have done.
“Well, at least I have a plan to fight ISIS,” Clinton said.
“You’re telling the enemy everything you want to do,” Trump said. He followed with a charge that was not true: “You have been fighting ISIS your entire adult life.” The Islamic State has not existed for the bulk of Clinton’s adult life
Trum frequently talked over Clinton’s responses. Later, Clinton said she felt that Trump had blamed her for things beyond her control.
“Why not?” Trump said.
Clinton, who was said to have prepared to deal with an unpredictable opponent, still seemed caught off guard: “Just join the debate by saying more crazy things,” she said, seeming to assemble a zinger one word at a time.
The debate began with Donald Trump bemoaning the state of the country, and Hillary Clinton bemoaning Donald Trump.
Trump, the GOP nominee, answered the first economics-focused questions of Monday night’s debate by saying that the U.S. was being hoodwinked and taken advantage of by Mexico, China and other countries. He talked about manufacturing jobs leaving the U.S., and promised – as he had in the primary – to impose penalties on companies that take jobs offshore.
“Our country’s in very deep trouble. We don’t know what we’re doing,” Trump said. Of countries like China, he said, “What they’re doing to us is a very, very sad thing.”
Clinton began her first answers with an appeal to common purpose, talking about her two-year-old granddaughter. But she quickly turned to attacks on Trump, saying that he had rooted for the housing-market collapse a little less than a decade ago (“That’s called business, by the way,” Trump interjected), and saying that Trump would raise the debt by offering huge tax cuts to high earners.
“I call it Trumped-up trickle down, because that’s what it would be,” Clinton said, referring back to the trickle-down economics model of the 1980s.
In its early going, the presidential debate featured some interjections from Trump, who tried to interrupt Clinton when she said (correctly) that Trump had called climate change a hoax.
The debate, which began shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern time, was scheduled to last 90 minutes.
Clinton and Trump came into Monday virtually tied in national polls. Both candidates have been relying on negative messaging, in which the best selling point for each has been that the other candidate is worse.
For both, this debate will offer a chance to build a positive image of their own.
Underscoring the unique nature of the combatants, Clinton’s debate preparations included a focus on Trump’s personality as well as the substance of what will be discussed onstage at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., according to several Democrats with knowledge of her campaign’s approach.
Clinton’s team convened a meeting last month at which longtime aide Philippe Reines, the stand-in for Trump in her mock sessions, deeply studied Trump’s personality to be able to parry with her as Trump might.
The meeting was one of several during which Clinton aides conferred for hours with outsiders who had been asked to offer advice about Trump’s temperament, according to people familiar with the gathering. The objective was to understand how a man who has spent most of his life in the business world and prides himself on being a dealmaker might behave in a debate setting.
After days of preparing for the debate at a hotel near her home in Westchester County, Hillary Clinton departed for Long Island early Monday afternoon to continue her preparations, according to a campaign aide. She was joined by former president Bill Clinton on the ride over. The campaign plans for the former president to be in the debate hall Monday night.
At Trump Tower in Manhattan, a steady stream of GOP bigwigs and prominent supporters entered the building, where Trump was gathered with his inner circle, according to a person familiar with his activities.
The stakes Monday could hardly be higher for both candidates. A new Washington Post-poll released Sunday shows likely voters split nationally 46 percent for Clinton and 44 percent for Trump, with Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson at 5 percent and Green Party nominee Jill Stein at 1 percent.
With barely six weeks remaining until Election Day, Clinton’s camp — after a prolonged focus on trashing Trump — sees the debate as a chance for her to present what she actually hopes to accomplish as president and to ease voters’ deep concerns about her likability and trustworthiness.
For Trump, his first one-on-one presidential debate offers an opportunity to demonstrate a command of the issues and to persuade voters clamoring for change that he is a credible alternative, his advisers say.
Robert Costa in New York, Anne Gearan in Hempstead, N.Y., and John Wagner in New York contributed to this report.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands prior to the start of the Presidential Debate at Hofstra…
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pledged to release details about his health after his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumoniaMr Trump also attended the 9/11 ceremony
US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has pledged to release details about his health after his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton was diagnosed with pneumonia.
Mr Trump said health had now become “an issue” in the election campaign.
Mrs Clinton was taken ill on Sunday at a 9/11 memorial ceremony and cancelled a campaign trip to California.
She will also be releasing new medical records to help ease concerns about her health, a campaign spokesman said.
“There’s no other undisclosed condition. The pneumonia is the extent of it,” Brian Fallon told MSNBC.
He said she would probably resume campaigning in the next few days.
Mrs Clinton said on Twitter she was “anxious” to return to the trail.
The incident capped off a difficult weekend for Mrs Clinton, who came under attack from Mr Trump for calling half of his supporters “deplorable” people on Friday.
Mr Trump wished her a speedy recovery and said he would release the results of a medical examination he took over the past week, with “very, very specific numbers”.
“Hopefully they’re going to be good. I think they’re going to be good. I feel great,”he told Fox News.
So far Mr Trump has only released a note, in which his doctor declared that he would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency”.
Mr Trump, 70, and Mrs Clinton, 68, are among the oldest US presidential candidates in history.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said it was “entirely legitimate” for Americans to want to know about the health of their president but that it was up to the candidates to decide what level of detail they were prepared to release.
On Sunday, video showed Mrs Clinton being supported by aides as she entered a van to leave the 9/11 ceremony after an hour and 30 minutes.
Her campaign initially said she had been taken to her daughter’s New York flat after feeling “overheated”.
She re-emerged later on Sunday, telling reporters: “I’m feeling great. It’s a beautiful day in New York.”
Doctors subsequently confirmed she had been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday.
Some critics questioned why this had only been revealed after Sunday’s events.
Mrs Clinton’s communications director has admitted the campaign “could have done better” managing Sunday’s incident.
The candidate had been due to leave for California on Monday morning for a two-day trip that included fundraisers, a speech on the economy, and an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
She is now resting at home in Chappaqua, New York.
Mrs Clinton suffered a coughing fit last week at a campaign event in Cleveland, Ohio, which fuelled speculation about her condition.
Last month, her personal doctor Lisa Bardack said in a letter that the candidate was “in excellent health and fit to serve as president of the United States”. She had made a full recovery from surgery she underwent in 2012 for a blood clot, the doctor added.
But Mr Trump has repeatedly suggested she is unfit, telling supporters last month she “lacks the mental and physical stamina” to serve as president.
“I don’t know what’s going on. I’m like you, I see what I see,” he said after Mrs Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis was confirmed.
Major fall or just a stumble? – Anthony Zurcher, BBC News
Will Hillary Clinton’s near collapse during Sunday’s 9/11 memorial ceremonies make her health a political Achilles’ heel?
What should be most concerning to the Clinton team is that the Trump campaign managed to hold its tongue as the news unfolded, probably sensing that the story was damaging enough on its own. In his first public comments on Monday morning, for instance, Mr Trump only said that he hoped Mrs Clinton made a full recovery.
Presidential campaigns go through great efforts to portray their candidate as healthy and full of vigour, while presidents who had health troubles concealed their weaknesses.
At 68, Mrs Clinton is particularly susceptible to concerns about her health (as is 70-year-old Mr Trump). She has the additional challenge of being the first female presidential nominee from a major political party – and may have to face biases within the electorate over whether a female candidate is sufficiently “strong”, regardless of her age.
But if she returns to her normal campaign schedule without incident after a few days of recuperation, she will go a long way towards putting health concerns to bed.
Writing in the Washington Post, Todd C Frankel said Mrs Clinton had for years been discreet about her medical history and her discretion “made it difficult for voters to assess her complete health picture”.
NBC News reporters said the incident had “sparked renewed calls for both Clinton and Trump, who are 68 and 70, respectively, to reveal more about their health”.
Adam Nagourney, New York Times LA Bureau Chief, tweeted: “Is this hadn’t happened, would Clinton campaign have announced pneumonia? One reason why Clinton/Trump should release medical records.”
Vox News pointed out that the US has a rich history of presidential candidates being less than clear about their medical histories. “Looking back, we now know a number of past presidents and presidential candidates who have actually been much sicker than the public knew.”
What is walking pneumonia?
Mrs Clinton’s team say she is suffering with “walking pneumonia” – a less serious type of the lung infection which leaves patients feeling unwell but doesn’t usually require bed rest or hospitalisation.
Pneumonia is essentially an infection of the lungs which causes inflammation in the air sacs and fills them with fluid. Symptoms can include a cough, fever, fatigue, chills and shortness of breath.
Anyone can contract pneumonia, although smokers, older people, and sufferers of chronic lung diseases are at increased risk. There are two types – bacterial or viral. Bacterial pneumonia is common and easily treated with antibiotics.
Most people with so-called “walking pneumonia” can recover within a few days. Those with weak immune systems or existing conditions can take weeks to recover, and pneumonia can in some cases be fatal.bb
If the so-called Commander-in Chief Forum in New York City was a dress rehearsal for the presidential debates that begin later this month, both candidates have their work cut out for them.
The 30 minutes allotted to each candidate made the proceedings feel like the political equivalent of speed-dating – and like speed-dating gone wrong, there was plenty of time for the participants to bury themselves with their words.
Mrs Clinton once again tripped up when discussing her use of a private email server as secretary of state. Mr Trump found new and interesting ways to show his tenuous command of policy details and shower questionable praise on a US rival.
Here are those and other moments each candidate may come to regret in the days ahead.
The email server. She may have wanted to talk about why she is qualified to be US commander in chief, but she spent nearly a third of her time on the defensive about her emails.
She talked about classification “headers” and explained that there was “no evidence” her server had been hacked. She even said it may have been safer than those of the state department’s, given that the government’s (non-classified) system had indeed been breached.
When it came to handling classified information, she was unapologetic. “I did exactly what I should have done and I take it very seriously,” she said. “Always have, always will.”
For those keeping track at home, Mrs Clinton has gone from asserting that she never relayed classified information to that she never sent “marked” classified documents to that she never sent material with classified headers.
That’s the rhetorical equivalent of rear-guard action that ends with your army pushed into the sea.
Iraq regrets. After the email muddle, NBC moderator Matt Lauer asked the Iraq War veterans in the audience how they felt about Mrs Clinton’s expressing regret for supporting the war in which they served.
Mrs Clinton’s response was to reiterate that she now thinks the war was a mistake, to talk about all the good things she’s done for the military – the “totality of her record”, as she put it – and to attack Mr Trump for lying about his past support for the war.
What Mrs Clinton didn’t do was try to convince the military personnel in the audience that while she regrets the decision to send them into harm’s way, she appreciates their sacrifice. It’s the kind of empathetic flourish that made her husband, Bill Clinton, the master of the town hall debate.
Given that one of the the three presidential debates will have this same format, she’ll need to raise her game – and fast.
Libyan casualties. Mrs Clinton stood by her decision, as secretary of state, to recommend military intervention in the Libyan civil war.
“I put together a coalition that included Nato, included the Arab League and we were able to save lives,” she said. What she said next, however, could come back to haunt her.
“We did not lose a single American in that action.”
Mrs Clinton was referring to the airstrikes the US launched against Libyan forces, but her political opponents – and the Trump campaign – likely will point to that line and cite the killing of US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans at the US consulate in Benghazi as evidence of her indifference to their deaths.
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Praising Putin. Mr Trump has taken fire for praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, asking Russian operatives to hack his opponent’s email, hiring a campaign manager who worked for Russian-backed Ukrainian leaders and possibly having undisclosed ties to Russian financial interests. It would seem to be a questionable move, then, for the Republican nominee to double-down on praise for the Russian president during this high-profile forum. He sure did, however.
Mr Trump cited Mr Putin’s 82% approval ratings, said he was a leader with “strong control” over his country and compared him favourably to President Barack Obama. He added that when Mr Putin called him brilliant, “I’ll take the compliment, OK?”
“If he says great things about me, I’m going to say great things about him,” Mr Trump continued.
That may be an excellent way to get along with colleagues and classmates, but Americans may not view it as the best foundation for US-Russian relations.
Trashing generals. When Mr Trump was asked if he stood by his claim that he knew more about defeating the so-called Islamic State than US generals,” he said that under Mr Obama the generals had been “reduced to rubble”.
A few minutes later came the killer follow-up. Why, in Mr Trump’s national security speech earlier in the day, had he said as president he would give US generals 30 days to come up with a plan to defeat the so-called Islamic State.
Didn’t Mr Trump say he was smarter than the generals? And didn’t he say he already had a great plan?
Mr Trump’s response boiled down to: 1) Yes, he did have a plan. 2) He also wanted to get advice from generals. 3) Maybe he would find “different generals”, as the ones who support Mrs Clinton “have been losing for us for a long period of time”. 4) Once he settled on a plan, or some combination of plans, he certainly wasn’t going to tell Matt Lauer about it.
Like Mrs Clinton with her email answer, the longer Mr Trump talked the more he seemed to tie himself in knots.
Military rape. Mr Trump’s worst moments in the forum – and in many of his Republican primary debates as well – came when he was pressed on his past remarks. After being asked about the high rate of sexual assaults in the military, Lauer brought up one of Mr Trump’s more cringe-worthy tweets, from back in 2013.
“26,000 unreported sexual assaults in the military – only 238 convictions,” he had written. “What did these geniuses expect when they put men and women together?”
Mr Trump insisted that his tweet was correct. He added that taking women out of the military wasn’t feasible, but “something has to happen”. He then talked vaguely about increasing prosecutions.
Current opinion polls show Mr Trump is facing record low support from female voters, and blaming sexual assaults on the decision to allow women in the military isn’t going to help. This was the chance for Mr Trump to walk back his comments and offer some nuance. It was a glaring missed opportunity.