Yes, it has come to this.
In the same campaign event where Trump declared that Clinton got “schlonged” by Barack Obama in 2008 — which Trump is now denying was ever any kind of obscene reference — he also attacked her for the horrible act of going to the bathroom during a break in the debate.
“Where did she go? Where did Hillary go? They had to start the debate without her. Phase II,” Trump said.
“I know where she went — it’s disgusting, I don’t want to talk about it. No, it’s too disgusting. Don’t say it, it’s disgusting. Let’s not talk, we want to be very straight up, okay?”
In an interview Tuesday night with The Des Moines Register, which the paper published Wednesday, Clinton was asked whether Trump was attacking her as a woman.
“I don’t respond to him personally, because he thrives on that kind of exchange,” Clinton responded. “I think he has to answer for what he says, and I assume that others will make the larger point about his language. It’s not the first time he’s demonstrated a penchant for sexism. Again, I’m not sure anybody’s surprised that he keeps pushing the envelope.”
While refusing to respond to Trump’s latest, Clinton did take the opportunity to make an overall point about Trump, condemning the furor that has characterized much of his campaign.
“I really deplore the tone of his campaign, and the inflammatory rhetoric that he is using to divide people, and his going after groups of people with hateful, incendiary rhetoric,” Clinton said. “So nothing really surprises me anymore. I don’t know that he has any boundaries at all. And his bigotry, his bluster, his bullying, have become his campaign. And he has to keep sort of upping the stakes and going even further.”
Clinton’s main Democratic rival Bernie Sanders took a more lighthearted approach at a rally Tuesday night in Iowa, opting to counter Trump not by condemning him outright but by choosing to mock his immature antics.
“I don’t know if any of you are following this in TV or in the papers, but there’s another new development — a never-ending development — from the Trump world,” Bernie said, as his supporters laughed through this whole routine. “And I don’t know how to break this to you: Donald Trump is very upset. It’s very hard for him to deal with — I don’t know what his relationship with women has been in his life. But he has discovered that women — go to the bathroom. And it has been very upsetting for him.”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 23, 2015
“You know, I was there at the debate we had on Saturday night. And I’ve gotta be honest with you, I’ve gotta be honest with you, gotta lay it out on the table: I also went to the bathroom.”
Bernie also added: “I guess I’m a man — men are allowed to go to the bathroom.”
Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook