Less than 24 hours after their heated second presidential debate, Hillary Clinton criticized Donald Trump‘s performance, saying during a campaign rally the GOP nominee “spent his time attacking when he should have been apologizing.”
Clinton wasted no time talking about Sunday’s town hall-style debate, telling 4,000 supporters at Wayne State University in Detroit that “you never saw anything like that before.”
On Sunday, both presidential candidates took time at the beginning of the debate to address the release of a video last week that showed Trump making comments about groping women in 2005. He has since apologized several time, saying the statements are not reflective of who he is, but has also dismissed them as “locker room banter.”
“On Friday, the whole world heard him talking about the terrible way he treats women,” Clinton said. “And last night when he was pressed about how he behaves, he just doubled down on his excuse that it’s just locker room banter.”
“Well I will tell you what, women and men across America know that is just a really weak excuse for behaving badly and mistreating people,” Clinton continued.
At the debate, Trump shrugged off the growing uproar over the video, dismissing calls for him to drop out of the election and saying he had moved on from the controversy.
“I’m not proud of it. I apologized to my family. I apologized to the American people,” said Trump Sunday night. “Certainly I’m not proud of it. But this is locker room talk.”
But Trump raised additional alarm in the Clinton camp prior to the debate when he invited accusers of former President Clinton to join him for a brief press conference.
At the beginning of her rally, Clinton was briefly interrupted by a protester wearing a shirt with a picture of her husband and the word “Rape.”
After the protester was removed from the event, Clinton addressed the commotion, saying, “I do hope somebody follows that gentleman out and stages an intervention, he clearly has not been following this election very closely.”
Today, it was Hillary Clinton’s turn to brush off Trump’s attacks.
“One of us went high and one of us went low,” said Clinton, invoking First Lady Michelle Obama‘s oft-repeated campaign missive.
Turning to the subject of Trump’s possible avoidance of federal income taxes, Clinton characterized the New York billionaire as not “contribut[ing] his fair share by any stretch of the imagination to support our country.”
“He has been taking from America with both hands, and sticking the rest of us with the bill,” she said.