Hillary Clinton ducked out for a quick bathroom break as Saturday’s two-hour Democratic candidates’ debate broke for a commercial and hurried back to her podium with the cameras already back on.
The trip to the ladies’ room has become the latest target of the vulgar humor that Donald Trump so often directs at women.
“She was going to beat Obama: She was going to beat – she was favored to win and she got schlonged,” Trump told a Grand Rapids, Mich., rally Monday.
The Republican presidential candidate’s use of a vulgar Yiddish phrase for penis came in a reference to the 2008 Democratic race, in which Barack Obama bested Clinton for the party’s presidential nomination.
Earlier, again mocking the bathroom break, Trump declared: “I know where she went – it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it.”
The mockery has come from a candidate who demanded that Clinton apologize to him. Clinton said in the debate that Trump’s remarks about Muslims were a recruiting tool for the Islamic State.
The Clinton campaign issued a response of sorts in a tweet by spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri: “We are not responding to Trump, but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should.”
Not since Frank Sinatra referred to women as “broads” and described female journalists as hookers – he once put two dollar bills in a cup held by Washington Post columnist Maxine Chesire, screaming: “Get away from me, you scum. Go home and take a bath.You’re nothing but a two-dollar c***” – has anyone insulted women so consistently as Donald Trump.
Trump said earlier this year: “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy the American people?”
Of Republican presidential rival Carly Fiorina, he told Rolling Stone: “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president.”
The candidate’s most consistent vitriol has been reserved for Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who dared flag Trump with a question about past mocking and demeaning references to her gender. “She (Kelly) gets out and she starts asking all sorts of ridiculous questions,” said Trump. “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her whatever.”
It is Trump who once told Esquire, “You know, it doesn’t really matter what (the media) write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of a**.”
Before his run for president, Trump dispensed his vulgarity on TV personalities and actresses. Rosie O’Donnell, he described as “crude, rude, obnoxious and dumb.”
“While Bette Midler is an extremely unattractive woman, I refuse to say that because I always insist on being politically correct,” Trump said. And of an Oscar-winning actress and three-time Golden Globe winner, Trump opined: “Cher is somewhat of a loser. She’s lonely. She’s very miserable.”
Perhaps, after Trump’s bathroom mockery, Hillary and Bill Clinton are having regrets about flying to Florida a decade ago to be guests at Trump’s wedding to his young and beautiful third wife.