WASHINGTON (TIP): What exactly did Hillary Clinton say that riled her Republican opponent Donald Trump so much?
She more than hinted that far from being worried about “crooked Hillary” -as Trump calls her – people should be focussing on a crooked, tax-dodging Trump.
Clinton was talking about policy to do with social security for an aging America.
“My Social Security payroll contribution will go up, as will Donald’s, assuming he can’t figure out how to get out of it,” she said.
The reference was obvious. If Trump wriggled out of paying taxes before, he could most certainly do it with Social Security taxes in the future.
Trump didn’t like what she said one bit.
“Such a nasty woman,” he retorted.
And that comment was very likely the final nail in the coffin of his campaign. “This kind of direct insult is very unusual on the debate stage” wrote Vox, a political news site.
What could have led to such a Trump meltdown? Perhaps it was the verbal pounding Clinton delivered throughout the 90-odd minute third debate.
Before a look at some of Clinton’s slam dunks, here’s a look at Trump’s own goal.
Trump – “Nobody has more respect for women than I do. Nobody.”
Clinton’s knockout punches On Jobs
“Donald has bought Chinese steel and aluminum. In fact, the Trump Hotel right here in Las Vegas was made with Chinese steel. So he goes around with crocodile tears about how terrible it is, but he has given jobs to Chinese steelworkers, not American steelworkers.”
On Trump constantly deriding her 30 years in public life
“He raised the 30 years of experience, so let me just talk briefly about that. You know, back in the 1970s, I worked for the Children’s Defense Fund. And I was taking on discrimination against African-American kids in schools. He was getting sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination in his apartment buildings.
In the 1980s, I was working to reform the schools in Arkansas. He was borrowing $14 million from his father to start his businesses. In the 1990s, I went to Beijing and I said women’s rights are human rights. He insulted a former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, called her an eating machine.”
(At this point Trump interjects with “Give me a break.” Unfazed, Clinton goes on)
“And on the day when I was in the Situation Room, monitoring the raid that brought Osama bin Laden to justice, he was hosting the “Celebrity Apprentice.” So I’m happy to compare my 30 years of experience, what I’ve done for this country, trying to help in every way I could, especially kids and families get ahead and stay ahead, with your 30 years, and I’ll let the American people make that decision.”
“In the last debate, we heard Donald talking about what he did to women. And after that, a number of women have come forward saying that’s exactly what he did to them. Now, what was his response? Well, he held a number of big rallies where he said that he could not possibly have done those things to those women because they were not attractive enough for them to be assaulted.”
(Here, Trump says “I did not say that. I did not say that… I did not say that” and the Moderator Chris Wallace, of Fox News has to jump in with “Her two minutes — sir, her two minutes. Her two minutes.”) Clinton goes on.
“He (Trump) went on to say, “Look at her. I don’t think so.” About another woman, he said, “That wouldn’t be my first choice.” He attacked the woman reporter writing the story, called her “disgusting,” as he has called a number of women during this campaign. Donald thinks belittling women makes him bigger. He goes after their dignity, their self-worth, and I don’t think there is a woman anywhere who doesn’t know what that feels like. So we now know what Donald thinks and what he says and how he acts toward women. That’s who Donald is.”
On Trump being a sore loser
“You know, every time Donald thinks things are not going in his direction, he claims whatever it is, is rigged against him. The FBI conducted a year-long investigation into my e-mails. They concluded there was no case; he said the FBI was rigged. He lost the Iowa caucus. He lost the Wisconsin primary. He said the Republican primary was rigged against him. Then Trump University gets sued for fraud and racketeering; he claims the court system and the federal judge is rigged against him. There was even a time when he didn’t get an Emmy for his TV program three years in a row and he started tweeting that the Emmys were rigged against him.”
On Trump’s comment that Putin has no respect for Clinton
“Well, that’s because he’d rather have a puppet as president of the United States.” (PTI)