Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, said Republican nominee Donald Trump keeps making comments about her father’s infidelity to distract from his lack of knowledge on real issues.
“[I]t’s a distraction from his inability to talk about what’s actually at stake in this election and to offer concrete, comprehensive proposals about the economy, or our public school system, or debt-free college, or keeping our country safe and Americans safe here at home and around the world,” Clinton told Cosmopolitan.
After the first presidential debate on Monday, Trump bragged that he didn’t mention former President Bill Clinton’s infidelity out of respect for Chelsea. He said he should have brought it up to retaliate against attack ads put out by the Clinton campaign that use Trump’s own words against him.
“I thought it would be very disrespectful to Chelsea and maybe to the family, but she said very bad things about me,” Trump said, referring to Hillary Clinton. “Worse than what she said, she’s taking these phony ads, spending hundreds of millions of dollars on phony ads, and I think it’s a disgrace that she’s allowed [to do that].”
Chelsea Clinton brushed off the comments, saying she is used to the criticism and noting she finds Trump’s rhetoric on Muslims, women and other groups more offensive.
“I don’t remember a time in my life when my parents and my family weren’t being attacked, and so it just sort of seems to be in that tradition, unfortunately,” she told Cosmo.
Clinton also spoke with Cosmo about the support her mother has received from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in the last few months, and the importance of voting in November.
Read Clinton’s interview with Cosmo here.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.