Donald Trump has said in the past that he’s “been very, very good for women,” but Hillary Clinton disagrees.
Speaking to Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the presumed Democratic nominee for president took Trump to task for his past rhetoric against women, noting her expected opponent has been “very derogatory” toward members of the opposite sex.
“He has specifically called out women by name, insulted them. He has said that equal pay isn’t a real issue. He doesn’t seem to think that we need to do anything to create more jobs and raise incomes, and a lot of women are helping to support their families — or maybe they’re the only support. And he actually says wages are too high in America,” Clinton said of Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination. “I’m sure there is somebody somewhere that he might be good for, but I think overall there is just no evidence that he has an understanding of what women’s lives are like today.”
Asked by DeGeneres if she ever expected to be in the position of battling Trump for the highest office in the land, Clinton said no — and she was doubtful any of Trump’s Republican opponents thought so either.
“But you’ve got to give him what he’s accomplished. He won the most votes, it appears, and he’s going be the nominee,” Clinton added. “But I think that once the seriousness of the general election really hits people he has to start being held accountable. He can’t just make these pronouncements insult people, scape goat people. Ya know, call immigrants murderers and rapists and insult women and insult people with disabilities and be so derogatory toward muslims — and everything that he does. I don’t think that’s the way we want to appear to ourselves or the rest of the world. So I do think, as this election goes forward, he’s going to have to be held accountable and I certainly will do my part to make that happen.”
Trump has been criticized throughout his campaign for making inflammatory comments, dating all the way back to when he first announced intentions to run for president in June of 2015. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he said at the time. “They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
In March of this year, after being asked how he would prevent women from getting abortions if the procedure was made illegal under his watch as president, Trump said there would have to be “some form of punishment.” The remarks were roundly denounced, and Trump later recanted his words.
“If Congress were to pass legislation making abortion illegal and the federal courts upheld this legislation, or any state were permitted to ban abortion under state and federal law, the doctor or any other person performing this illegal act upon a woman would be held legally responsible, not the woman,” he said in a statement. “The woman is a victim in this case as is the life in her womb. My position has not changed — like Ronald Reagan, I am pro-life with exceptions.”
Watch Clinton’s comments about Trump below; the interview with DeGeneres airs Wednesday on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.