Trump finished on Monday by claiming to be a mensch by not saying “rough” things about the Clintons with Chelsea in the audience. He needn’t restrain himself. If the Trump campaign wants to go down that road, I welcome them to take that leap and see where bringing up infidelity gets them and so does Chelsea.
After the debate, Donald Trump said he was “proud” that he didn’t mention your father’s infidelity out of respect for you. What was your reaction to that?
Well, my reaction to that is just what my reaction has been kind of every time Trump has gone after my mom or my family, which is that it’s a distraction from his inability to talk about what’s actually at stake in this election and to offer concrete, comprehensive proposals about the economy, or our public school system, or debt-free college, or keeping our country safe and Americans safe here at home and around the world.
And candidly, I don’t remember a time in my life when my parents and my family weren’t being attacked, and so it just sort of seems to be in that tradition, unfortunately. And what I find most troubling by far are Trump’s — and we talked about this when you interviewed me the night before the Iowa caucus — are Trump’s continued, relentless attacks on whole swaths of our country and even our global community: women, Muslims, Americans with disabilities, a Gold Star family. I mean, that, to me, is far more troubling than whatever his most recent screed against my mom or my family [is].