In a tweet posted on Saturday evening, Trump charged that former President Bill Clinton, whom the leading Democratic presidential candidate recently announced would be joining her on the campaign trail, had a “penchant for sexism.” The claim echoes Clinton’s remarks against Trump.
Hillary Clinton has announced that she is letting her husband out to campaign but HE'S DEMONSTRATED A PENCHANT FOR SEXISM, so inappropriate!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 27, 2015
“She was gonna beat Obama,” Trump said during a rally in Las Vegas. “She was favored to win. And she got schlonged. She lost.”
Clinton hit back at Trump, telling the Des Moines Register that the billionaire businessman had a “penchant for sexism.”
“Nothing really surprises me anymore. I don’t know that he has any boundaries at all,” Clinton said of Trump. “His bigotry, his bluster, his bullying have become his campaign. And he has to keep sort of upping the stakes and going even further.”
“It’s not the first time he’s demonstrated a penchant for sexism,” Clinton added. “Again, I’m not sure anybody’s surprised that he keeps pushing the envelope.”
Trump is far from the first person to accused Bill Clinton of sexism. During his presidency, Clinton paid $850,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought forth by Paula Jones. And his infamous sexual encounter with 22-year-old White House employee Monica Lewinsky led to Clinton’s impeachment in 1998.
Charges of sexism have also long followed Trump, who has repeatedly criticized high-profile women, like Rosie O’Donnell and Fox News host Megyn Kelly, with derogatory language during his presidential campaign.