Demonstrating that his sights are set well beyond the GOP presidential primary, Donald Trump on Sunday unleashed a scathing attack on Democrat Hillary Clinton, seeking to scar her campaign with the history of sexual antics by Bill Clinton.
Trump, who appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” asserted that “playing the woman” card “may be the only way (Clinton) gets elected.” He made it clear he will stop her — should he become the GOP nominee — by making her husband’s treatment of women a centerpiece of his campaign.
“It hasn’t been a very pretty picture for her or for Bill. Because I’m the only one that’s willing to talk about his problems. I mean, what he did and what he has gone through I think is frankly terrible, especially if she wants to play the woman card,” Trump said.
The comments come on the heels of a tweet Trump published Saturday night goading former president Clinton: “I hope Bill Clinton starts talking about women’s issues so that voters can see what a hypocrite he is and how Hillary abused those women!”
Trump also attacked Hillary Clinton’s record as secretary of state, saying, “She’s caused so many of the (world’s) problems. She has caused death. She has caused tremendous death with incompetent decisions.”
Trump not only called into question U.S. foreign policy during the Obama years, but took a stab at the GOP Establishment by assailing the Bush years as well.
“If we would have never done anything in the Middle East,” asserted Trump, “we would have a much safer world right now. Getting rid of Saddam Hussein — I’m not saying he was a good person. He was a bad person. But what we have now is far worse, OK? And all of this has led to ISIS. All of this has led to the migration. All of this has led to tremendous death and destruction. And (Hillary) for the most part was in charge of it along with Obama.”
Trump also appeared to accuse his rival for the GOP nomination, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, of stealing his ideas regarding immigration.
"Well, first of all, his plan just happened, OK? In fact, I was watching the other day. And I was watching Ted talk. And he said, 'We will build a wall.' The first time I've ever heard him say it," Trump said. "And my wife, who was sitting next to me said, 'Oh, look. He's copying what you've been saying for a long period of time.’”
Trump also brushed off criticism after footage of him was featured in an Al-Shabab recruiting video.
“What am I going to do? I have to say what I have to say,” Trump said.
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina also criticized President Obama and Hillary Clinton for making decisions that gave rise to ISIS, specifically, pulling out forces prematurely from Iraq.
Appearing on ABC’s "This Week," former neurosurgeon Ben Carson offered some support for Trump’s outspokenness, saying, “Let’s not get so concerned about how offended our enemies are. And let’s pay a whole lot more attention to who we are and how do we protect our people here in the United States.”
Carson’s appearance on Sunday, however, was intended mainly to reaffirm confidence in his campaign after the departure of multiple top aides.
“Well, first of all, whenever you have something that is not working the way you want it to, you have a few choices. You can double down on it; you can ignore it; or you can analyze it and make appropriate changes,” said Carson.
Carson said that after he brought retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bob Dees into the campaign, “There were some that decided, under those circumstances, it would be too difficult for them to work.”
Appearing on "Fox News Sunday," two other candidates, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, criticized Obama’s plan to issue an executive action on gun control.
“This president is a petulant child whenever he can’t get what he wants," Christie said. "Because, frankly, the American people have rejected his agenda by turning over the House and the Senate to Republicans, going from 21 Republican governors when he came into office, (to) now 31. Now he wants to act as a king.”
Jeb Bush concurred with Christie, stating that Obama’s “first impulse always is to take rights away from law-abiding citizens, and it’s wrong … To use executive powers he doesn’t have is a pattern that is quite dangerous.”
On NBC’s "Meet the Press," Ohio Gov. John Kasich sought to convey some optimism about his struggling campaign.
“People just keep counting me out,” he said. But “I believe I’ll win the nomination if I come out of New Hampshire in a strong position.”
Sen. Rand Paul also appeared on "Meet the Press," criticizing the media for “leading by the nose” and giving the impression of an inevitable Trump or Florida Sen. Marco Rubio victory based on untrustworthy poll numbers. The Kentucky senator said he believed people will be “shocked” when they see the numbers his campaign will turn out to vote.
As Trump did, Rand Paul also accused Cruz of stealing his ideas, specifically regarding foreign policy. Noting that Cruz began talking about the imprudence of regime change, Rand said, “I think I’ve been the leader on that issue.”
Last Modified: January 3, 2016, 5:24 pm