Looks like Jeb Bush isn’t the only presidential candidate willing to take on The Donald.
Over the weekend, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton repeatedly ripped into Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for his controversial rhetoric on a number of issues, ranging from immigration to women’s rights.
The former secretary of state was particularly adamant on the latter point, telling a crowd in Portsmouth, New Hampshire that Trump needs to “start respecting women.”
“Mr. Trump insults, he dismisses women … he has been throwing a lot of heat my way,” Clinton said, according to CNN. “That’s fine … I can take it. But I do find a lot of what he says pretty ridiculous.”
Trump’s history of insulting women was brought to attention last month after Fox News host Megyn Kelly asked him about it during the first Republican presidential debate. Trump, she pointed out, has called women “fat pigs,” ”dogs,” ”slobs,” and “disgusting animals.” In response to Kelly’s question, Trump later implied that she must have been menstruating.
Since then, the real estate mogul has sought to soften his message on women, telling CNN that he would defend women’s health if elected president. “I cherish women,” he said. “I want to help women.”
Clinton attacked that statement in particular on Saturday. “If it’s all the same to you, Mr. Trump, I would rather you stop cherishing women and start respecting women,” she said.
Trump — as he often does — took to Twitter to fire back at Clinton, accusing her of using a teleprompter.
“Hillary said such nasty things about me, read directly off her teleprompter…but there was no emotion, no truth,” he tweeted. “Just can’t read speeches!”
The escalating feud between the two presidential front-runners comes amid new national polling that, for the first time, shows Trump leading Clinton — but only if they were the only two names on the ballot. The SurveyUSA poll of 900 registered voters found that, in a head-to-head match-up, 40 percent would cast a ballot for Clinton, while 45 percent would vote for Trump.
Trump, however, has a 20-point deficit among women, according to the new survey.