Politics

Trump Slams Clinton’s India Speech, Mocks Democrats Disavowing Her ‘Backward’ Comment

President Donald Trump on Tuesday night slammed two-time failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for partly blaming her 2016 presidential loss on white women, saying they voted for Trump because their husbands told them to.

Trump was speaking at the National Republican Congressional Committee's (NRCC) annual March dinner when he went after Clinton for her comments last weekend at India Today Conclave in Mumbai, India.

"The truth is the Democrats have never been more vulnerable because they've lost touch with normal everyday working people," Trump said. "Democrats haven't learned. They still think the loyal citizens who care about jobs and borders and security are deplorable."

Trump went on to reflect on Clinton's fundraiser speech weeks before the 2016 presidential election, where she called half of his supporters "deplorables."

"The problem is she said so many of my people were deplorable and you know the next day I made a speech and everybody is wearing ‘I am deplorable.' I said, ‘There is something going on here.'  That was not a good word to use. You have to be careful in politics, right?" Trump said.

"Her last statement about women–they have to get approval from the husbands, the sons, and their male bosses to vote for Trump? That was not a good statement! Not good!" Trump added.

Clinton made that comment during an interview in India, where she said it was not her fault that a majority of white women voted for Trump.

"Democrats, going back to my husband and even before, but just in recent times going back to Bill and our candidates and then President Obama, have been losing the vote, including white women. We do not do well with white men and we don't do well with married white women," Clinton said. "[White women face an] ongoing pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should."

Trump also mocked Democrats for how fast they attempted to distance themselves from her comments.

"They are disavowing those statements like I've never heard before," Trump said derisively. "People that were her biggest supporters are now saying, ‘What is she doing? Why doesn't she just go home?'"

While he did not single out any Democratic leaders or Democratic operatives, he appeared to be referring to Sens. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.), Claire McCaskill (D., Mo.), Heidi Heitkamp (D., N.D.), and a few of Clinton's former presidential campaign managers.

Durbin said that Clinton's comments were "not helpful at all" and that Clinton was "wrong" to go after Trump's supporters because 30 percent of them formerly voted for former President Barack Obama.

McCaskill also pushed back against Clinton and said that her comments were "fighting words" because she is loyal to Missouri voters, who voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the 2016 election. Heitkamp was asked when Clinton will go away, prompting her to say, "not soon enough."

Clinton's 2008 and 2016 presidential campaign managers, Patti Solis Doyle and Robby Mook respectively, were also critical of Clinton's speech.