Donald Trump set the stage for a brutal battle with Hillary Clinton, claiming she is only in contention for the presidency because she is a woman, as both candidates scored dominant victories in Tuesday night’s primary elections.
The Republican frontrunner attacked Clinton as weak and crooked and warned that she would be a “horrible president” as he sought to frame the fight for the White House.
Speaking at Trump Tower in New York, he said witheringly: “I think the only card she has is the woman’s card. She’s got nothing else going. And frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5% of the vote. The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card, and the beautiful thing is women don’t like her, OK?”
Mary Pat Christie, the wife of former Republican candidate Chris Christie, who was standing behind Trump as he mocked Clinton, appeared to roll her eyes. Her seemingly disdainful reaction immediately went viral on social media.
Trump, who less than a year ago had no experience in politics, continued one of the most astounding campaigns of modern times by sweeping five states in the north-east. Clinton, bidding to become America’s first female president, won the contests in Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania, with rival Bernie Sanders picking up only Rhode Island, the smallest state in the union.
A Trump versus Clinton general election promises to display an extraordinary clash of styles, pitching the brash billionaire and political novice against a former senator and secretary of state who is married to a former president.
Trump wasted little energy on his Republican rivals, declaring himself “the presumptive nominee” and saying Ted Cruz and John Kasich should get out of the race. Instead, he delivered his most scathing attack yet on the Democratic frontrunner, offering a foretaste of the bitter contest to come.