Trump complained about her ads both during and after the first presidential debate. He said Clinton “spent hundreds of millions of dollars on negative ads on me, many of which are absolutely untrue.”
“They’re untrue, and they’re misrepresentations,” he said during the debate, hosted by NBC’s Lester Holt. “And I will tell you this, Lester, it is not nice, and I don’t deserve that, but it’s certainly not a nice thing that she’s done.”
The Clinton campaign made three ads that feature almost exclusively words from Trump, paired with images of people listening to them. They’re not standard attack ads ― no narration, just Trump speaking for himself.
It’s a formula the campaign adopted to encourage viewers to put themselves in the shoes of a child who might hear Trump encouraging violence against protesters, or a veteran who might listen as Trump says his business sacrifices are comparable to theirs.
The most recent ad, released last week, features teen and preteen girls looking at themselves in the mirror as clips play of Trump saying he would look a woman “right in that fat ugly face of hers” and “a person who’s flat-chested is very hard to be a 10.”
After the debate, Trump continued to complain about the advertisements.
“She said very bad things about me,” he said on Fox News. “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].”
This article has been updated with additional remarks from Trump.
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.