Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a rare televised interview on Friday during which, among other things, she addressed Donald Trump’s attacks against one of her aides, Huma Abedin.
Clinton said she didn’t mind the Republican front-runner’s attacks against herself but was bothered by the Trump saying Abedin could not be trusted with classified material when she worked at the State Department.
“Well, he’s attacked so many people, including my close aide and myself and many other people. I can take that. I mean, that’s just par for the course,” she said.
Clinton quickly pivoted to other media figures Trump has trashed.
“I do regret that he’s going after so many people, many of them by name – from great basketball players to people who expressed different opinions from him,” she said.
Clinton’s reference to “great basketball players” was likely a jab at Trump for insulting NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who this week wrote a Washington Post column critical of the real-estate mogul’s campaign.
Trump responded to Abdul-Jabbar as he often does: with handwritten scathing commentary sent directly to the author.
“Now I know why the press always treated you so badly – they couldn’t stand you. The fact is that you don’t have a clue about life and what has to be done to make America great again! Best wishes,” Trump wrote to Abdul-Jabbar, who published the response.
Clinton, still speaking vaguely, called Trump’s various attacks an “unfortunate development,” and also criticized the Republican businessman for using harsh rhetoric against illegal immigration and “women broadcasters.” This was likely a reference to Fox News host Megyn Kelly, with whom Trump has passionately feuded, but could also include other television journalists.
“I think it’s an unfortunate development in American politics that his campaign is all about who he’s against, whether it’s immigrants, or women broadcasters, or aides of other candidates,” she said.
“He is the candidate of being against,” Clinton added. “The vision that I have for America is how we come together.”