In a telephone interview with NBC’s “Today,” Savannah Guthrie asked the Republican presidential candidate about his attack on the Clintons. Trump on Twitter hinted Bill Clinton was racist for comments he made while campaigning for his wife against then-Senator Barack Obama in 2008. He tweeted: “Remember that Bill Clinton was brought in to help Hillary against Obama in 2008. He was terrible, failed badly, and was called a racist!”
When asked over the phone, Donald Trump defended his actions. Donald Trump even expanded upon his attacks on the Clintons on Tuesday, asserting once more that mentioning former President Bill Clinton’s past infidelities was “fair game” if Hilary Clinton kept hitting him for his own views on women. He brought up Monica Lewinsky and Paula Jones as examples to buttress his attacks on Bill.
When Trump was asked if that tweet meant that he was calling Clinton a racist, Trump said that the Obama campaign had done so. He claimed Clinton was “extremely insulted.” When asked why he would tweet it if he did not believe it himself.
He replied: “They said it, I didn’t say it. All I said was what they said, Savannah. That’s what they said. They called him a racist I don’t believe he is a racist, if you want to know the truth, but they called him a racist. It was a miserable campaign. He did very poorly and you know, they’re bringing him out again. He’s being wheeled out, and we’re going to see what happens. Frankly, he did very poorly, he was not good for her and obviously, she lost to Obama and that was the end of that. But they brought him out before.” He defended his other attacks on the couple.
Trump however hailed the efforts of Bill Clinton is campaigning for his wife. “He failed in 2008, he failed really badly, he frankly did a very poor job in campaigning, you want to know the truth. And perhaps he’ll do well or perhaps he’ll do poorly. But if he’s going to play the women card, it’s all fair game,” he explained.