Following the second presidential debate Sunday night, Hillary Clinton’s campaign conveyed that Donald Trump had crossed a line at the town hall meeting, CBS News’ Nancy Cordes reports.
The GOP presidential nominee, for example, insisted that he never did any of the lewd things he bragged about in the 2005 video that was leaked on Friday. But he argued that former President Bill Clinton, who was sitting in the front row, had engaged in such acts.
“If you look at Bill Clinton, far worse. Mine are words, and his was action,” Trump said.
Trump shifted the conversation to Clinton’s use of private email servers as secretary of state. The FBI recommended against charging her in July. Trump, however, said that if he’s elected president, he would instruct the Department of Justice to conduct a further investigation.
“But if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation, because there has never been so many lies, so much deception,” Trump said.
There was even one point when he called Clinton the “devil.”
“And all you have to do is take a look at WikiLeaks and just see what they say about Bernie Sanders and see what Deborah Wasserman Schultz had in mind, because Bernie Sanders, between superdelegates and Deborah Wasserman Schultz, he never had a chance. And I was so surprised to see him sign on with the devil,” he said.
After the debate, Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook spoke to reporters about several issues, including his threat about sending the Democratic presidential nominee to jail.
“He was talking like he would become some dictator of a banana republic, throw his political enemies in jail,” Mook said. “This again was another attempt by him to throw her off her game, intimidate her, try to change the debate. And the fact that he could not make a genuine apology what he said in that video, that he could not explain his statements and that he refused to recognize the severity of what he said.”