Hillary Clinton says ‘it’s a sad day for America’ as Donald Trump attacks her family’s legacy in first debate
The Democratic nominee is the first woman to debate Donald Trump in a GOP primary election, and her response to a question about her family history has been widely panned.
The Democratic nominee and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have faced a backlash from Trump, who has attacked them for being “weak” and “stupid.”
Trump accused his rival of “stealing” the family name of the Clintons, and also accused his running mate, Indiana Gov.
Mike Pence, of being a “nasty woman.”
Pence has previously attacked Trump over his remarks about women, including the suggestion he is a “pussy grabber” who “grabbed women by the p—y” in the 1990s.
Pence also said he would not support Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare.
Trump has made the comment in response to Pence, who is seeking a second term in the governor’s mansion.
“It’s a very sad day in America for the Clintons.
You know, they’re a family that, I mean, they had a great life,” Trump said in the first presidential debate.”
The Clintons, they have a great legacy, but it’s sad.
You don’t see that much of a legacy.”
Trump added that Pence would have “no regrets” in a second run for the White House.
“You know, you know, it’s a tough question, but you know what, I’m sure I would have regrets, you’d be the first one to tell me,” Trump told the crowd.
“I know I would be the last to have regrets.
But I’m glad he’s not running.”
Trump also took a swipe at the Clintons’ legacy in a way that would have been familiar to many of his rivals in the 2016 election, but he avoided calling the Clintons “crooked.”
“You think they’re that kind of family?
I mean they’re not.
You think they are that kind.
You can say it,” Trump responded.
“I mean, I think they have made a lot of sacrifices and had a lot, and I’m not saying that because they don’t have to make sacrifices.
I mean I’m saying it because they do have a tremendous legacy.”
Clinton and her running mate have faced criticism for not supporting Trump’s controversial proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Pressed about the remark at a town hall event in Michigan on Wednesday, Clinton said she was not going to get into the details of the proposal, but added, “It’s just a question of, is it the right thing for our country to do?”
“We’re going to have to look at it,” Clinton said.
Trump’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the first of two presidential debates on Wednesday night, the candidates engaged in a lengthy and contentious discussion of domestic and foreign policy issues, including terrorism, immigration, trade and the environment.
Both candidates have criticized Trump for saying that Clinton “didn’t use a private email server,” a statement that prompted questions from many Americans.