Trump has no ‘reservation’ about blasting Clinton over ‘nasty’ remark

May 2, 2016
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses the attendees of the 61st Annual NAACP 'Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner' in Detroit, Michigan May 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook  - RTX2CDES

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses the attendees of the 61st Annual NAACP ‘Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner’ in Detroit, Michigan, May 1, 2016. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pounced on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton’s “reservation” comment over the weekend, saying it was a “nasty” remark toward men and offensive to “Indians.”

“It’s a very nasty statement to men,” Trump told CNN’s “New Day” program on Monday.

He repeated the charge on Twitter, saying: “Crooked Hillary Clinton said she is used to “dealing with men who get off the reservation.” Actually, she has done poorly with such men!”

In a CNN interview taped on Friday, Clinton was asked about Trump as he increasingly turns his attacks toward her with an eye on a general election matchup. Both candidates are seeking their party’s nomination for the Nov. 8 presidential election.

“I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak,” she said in the interview, which aired Sunday. “I’m not going to deal with their temper tantrums or their bullying or their efforts to try to provoke me.

“He can say whatever he wants to say about me. I could really care less,” added Clinton, who served two terms as a U.S. senator from New York and was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.

The spat is the latest in the candidates’ war of words as Trump continues to accuse Clinton of exploiting her gender for political gain, a line of attack that has draw fierce criticism.

Clinton and other Democrats have pushed back on the issue, which they see as damaging Trump in a potential general election match-up given a big gender gap in opinions about Trump in public polls.   

An April Reuters/Ipsos poll found about two-thirds of women had an unfavorable view of the billionaire businessman and former reality TV star, while 54 percent of men had a negative view of him.

Trump also said “Indians have gone wild on that statement… the Indians have said that that statement is a disastrous statement, and they want a retraction.”

Clinton’s campaign has said that Clinton did not mean to disrespect Native Americans. “About the use of an expression today that has some very offensive roots. … Divisive language has no place in our politics,” Amanda Renteria, Clinton campaign’s national political director, tweeted on Friday. 

The comments sparked reaction on Twitter under the hashtag #OffTheReservation.

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Wow… Hillary, a few Republicans tried to ignore attacks from Trump… they ate his dust. She will not survive if this is the best she’s got.

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Wow… Hillary, a few Republicans tried to ignore attacks from Trump… they ate his dust. She will not survive if this is the best she’s got.

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