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Trump Praises Self During, After Debate for Not Bringing Up Bill Clinton’s Infidelity

Donald Trump after the presidential debate in Hempstead, New York, on Monday night.

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Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump on Monday night for his history of misogyny, and during his response, Trump said something weird about wanting to say something but not saying it.

The transcript:

Hillary is hitting me with tremendous commercials, some of it said in entertainment, somebody who’s been very vicious to me, Rosie O’Donnell, I said very tough things to her, and I think everybody would agree she deserves it, and nobody feels sorry for her. I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. It’s inappropriate.

Hey, that doesn’t make sense at all! Trump then elaborated, sort of, on this claim after the debate to CNN’s Dana Bash.


BASH: Anything you wish you did earn differently?

TRUMP: I’m very happy I was able to hold back on the indiscretions with respect to Bill Clinton. Because I have a lot of respect for Chelsea Clinton, and I didn’t want to say what I was going to say—

BASH: Which is?

TRUMP: Which is I’ll tell you maybe at the next debate, we’ll see.

It now appears that Trump’s campaign—which is losing the post-debate news cycle pretty badly, for what that’s worth—is now trying to make “at least he didn’t talk about Bill Clinton’s affairs” some sort of positive-takeaway talking point.

It’s good to have things to be proud of. But hey, I guess when most pundits agree that you got roasted and toasted in your big presidential debate, you might as well throw the old “I want to be very clear that my campaign played absolutely no role in creating this story alleging that the congressman had sexual relationships with prostitutes that were later murdered” strategy at the wall to see if it sticks.

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