At a campaign rally in New Hampshire focused on women’s issues, Hillary Clinton got in a few jabs at Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump over his treatment of women.
“Mr. Trump insults and dismisses women. He’s been throwing a lot of heat my way,” Clinton said during a rally in Portsmouth, N.H. “I do find a lot of what he says pretty ridiculous.”
The Hill reported that Trump, the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, took aim at Clinton over women’s health late last month, saying that he would be “far better” on the issue than Clinton.
The Democratic presidential front-runner — who said Trump wants to “bully his way into the presidency” — panned his comments, adding: “Now that’s a general election debate that’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Trump has faced questions on women’s issues after battling with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, whom he accused of having “blood coming out of her wherever” while questioning him during a Fox News GOP primary debate last month.
He defended his stance last month on CNN’s “State of the Union,” saying, “I cherish women.”
Clinton, however, fired back Saturday, quipping, “I would rather you stop cherishing women and start respecting women.”
The former secretary of State also sought to tie the other 16 Republican presidential candidates to the polarizing businessman, calling them Trump “without the pizzaz or the hair.”
“I’m not going to sit idly by as Republicans shame and blame women,” she added.
Clinton was in New Hampshire on Saturday to launch “Women for Hillary” and formally receive Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s (D-N.H.) endorsement.
Shaheen said during Saturday’s rally that she’s choosing Clinton “not because she’s a woman candidate. … I choose Hillary because I know her and I trust her.”
“Women are standing with Hillary because Hillary stands with women on issue after issue,” she added. “She’s always been there and she always will be.”
During the rally, Clinton sought to tie “women’s issues” — including maternity leave, paid sick leave and equal pay — to her larger economic message, suggesting the two are interwoven.
“Too often, these are called women’s issues,” she said. “Well I am a proud lifelong fighter for women’s issues because I proudly believe that what is a good for women is good for America.”