Vulgar counterattack: Donald Trump Hillary Clinton
Published: December 23, 2015
Vulgar counterattack: Donald Trump Hillary Clinton, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential campaign is not responding to ‘schlong-gate,’ according to a tweet from the organization’s communications director – who responded Tuesday in forceful language to Donald Trump’s latest slight.
Trump’s attacks on the former secretary of state invaded her personal space in new ways Monday night, as he described her 2008 Democratic primary loss to Barack Obama in sexual terms and riffed on her debate-night bathroom habits.
Hillary, he said in what might be the most brutal salvo in the 2016 general election, ‘got schlonged’ by the current occupant of the Oval Office when Barack Obama came out of nowhere to snatch the presidential nomination from her.
Clinton’s chief PR strategist, Jennifer Palmieri, split the high and low roads Tuesday with a tweet addressing the controversy by insisting that Team Hillary would remain mum – even though the Yiddish word has popped up in American politics before.
‘We are not responding to Trump,’ Palmieri tweeted, ‘but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should.’
Clinton herself brushed off reporters’ questions about what quickly became known as ‘Schlong-gate,’ following a town hall appearance in Keota, Iowa.
Campaign aides toldNBC News on Tuesday that it’s unlikely that Hillary herself will comment directly on The Donald’s use of the slang word ‘schlong,’ letting surrogates speak for her in lieu of getting down in the mud personally.
But she seemed to be talking about Trump during the afternoon event itself, saying that ‘we need more love and kindness in our country.’
‘I think we are not treating each other with the respect and the – and the care that we should show toward each other,’ she said in response to a child’s question about bullying. ‘And that’s why it’s important to stand up to bullies wherever they are, and why we shouldn’t let anybody bully his way into the presidency.’
Virginia Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman who raised hundreds of millions of dollars for Hillary’s husband during his White House years, piled on with a tweet of his own.
‘Just when we didn’t think Donald could hit a new low…surprise, surprise – he does!’ McAuliffe tweeted.
Trump’s latest nuclear comment came as he told a crowd of nearly 10,000 that Clinton’s career had been a series of ‘losses,’ citing her crushing presidential primary defeat eight years ago as a prime example.
‘Hillary – that’s not a president … everything that’s been involved in Hillary has been losses,’ he said. ‘You take a look.’
‘She was going to beat Obama! I don’t know who’d be worse – I don’t know, how does it get worse?’ he asked.
‘But she was gonna beat – she was favored to win and she got schlonged. She lost. I mean, she lost.’
‘Schlong’ is a slang word for a penis that traces back to the German word ‘schlange,’ or ‘snake.’
Trump has used it at least once before to refer to a political outcome, in 2011. In that case, however, he was describing one woman being defeated by another.
She was going to beat Obama! … She was favored to win and she got schlonged. She lost.
Donald Trump, discussing Hillary Clinton’s 2008 primary defeat Monday night in Michigan
Speaking to The Washington Post, he said then that a Medicare reform plan pushed by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan – now the speaker of the House – was ‘a very bad … chess move’ that cost New York Republican congresswoman Jane Corwin her seat in a special election.
Corwin lost in 2010 to Kathy Hochul, a nationally unknown Democrat who served a single term in Congress and became the lieutenant governor of New York.
‘I watched a popular Republican woman not only lose but get schlonged by a Democrat nobody ever heard of for the congressional seat,’ Trump told the Post, ‘and that was because, simply, because of the Paul Ryan plan.’
The word ‘schlong’ – as a verb – has turned up elsewhere in American politics as Democrats have deployed it too.
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