Donald Trump has already performed at a few rallies on this Friday. One of them took place in Fletcher, North Carolina where he launched into a tirade about how “babies” and “losers” are running the United States. He took issue with how both President Obama and the First Lady are campaigning for Hillary Clinton, because of course. Trump the self-styled underdog then tried to justify his attack on Bill Clinton’s infidelities (and the speculation into how Hillary reacted to them) by blaming Michelle Obama:
“I see how [President Obama’s] wife likes Hillary, but wasn’t she the one that originally started the statement, ‘If you can’t take care of your home,’ right, ‘you can’t take care of the White House or the country?’ Where’s that? I don’t hear that. I don’t hear that. She’s the one that started it. I said, ‘We can’t say that. It’s too vicious.’ Can you believe it? I said that — ‘We can’t say that.’ They said, ‘Well, Michelle Obama said it.’ I said, ‘She did?’”
Trump’s trying to claim that his team asked him to slam the Clintons while he resisted like a nice guy. And naturally, Trump bungled the quote a bit and completely botched the context. As the Washington Post points out, what Trump tossed out was quite similar to these 2007 words from Michelle:
“One of the things — the important aspects of this race — is role modeling what good families should look like. And my view is that if you can’t run your own house, you certainly can’t run the White House. Can’t do it.”
Following Michelle’s speech, the Drudge Report took that statement and twisted it into an anti-Clinton slam even though Michelle had already clarified that she only meant that, as a working parent, she busts her butt to get home before her daughters’ bedtime. Anyway, the news here is that Trump’s trying to excuse how he brought up Bill Clinton’s affairs by blaming someone else.
Here’s Trump’s full Fletcher rally, where he immediately remarked upon all the “Women for Trump” signs in the audience.
(Via Washington Post)