St Louis (US), Oct 10 : Facing a backlash over his lewd remarks against women, a defiant Donald Trump today attacked Hillary Clinton’s husband over sexual assault allegations and vowed to jail his Democratic rival for “lying” over using a private email server while secretary of state. In the second presidential debate that turned nasty from the start, Clinton did not shake hands with the 70-year-old Republican nominee as the two rivals walked on the stage at the Washington University here – a clear sign of the escalated rivalry between them – before proceeding for the fiery 90- minute clash attacking each other’s character.Also Read - Abortion Rights at Stake in Historic Supreme Court Arguments
Polls conducted soon after the showdown, which was the most tweeted presidential debate ever, declared the Democrat as the winner though they did give Trump the credit for “exceeding expectations”. The 68-year-old former secretary of state attacked Trump over his plans to ban Muslims entering the US, saying it will be “shortsighted” and “dangerous” to engage in his “demagogic rhetoric” about the community as the two clashed on Obamacare, taxes and Islamaphobia in the second segment of the town-hall style debate. When pressed on whether the ban is no longer his position, Trump called it an “extreme vetting from certain areas of the world”. Also Read - Supreme Court Set to Take Up All-Or-Nothing Abortion Fight
While Clinton alleged that the real estate tycoon’s 2005 video of lewd and sexually explicit remarks against women – that jolted his White House campaign and prompted a top Republican leaders to abandon him – reflects “the real” Trump, he accused her husband Bill Clinton of sexual assault of women over the past several decades. Trump said he was “very embarrassed” with the video that surfaced on Friday and “hated” it but dismissed the recording as “locker room talk” in response to a question in the early phase of the debate that quickly turned into an acrimonious discussion over the clip in which he was heard using vulgar language and talking about groping women without consent. ALSO READ: 2nd Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton presidential debate most tweeted ever Also Read - Texas Abortion Ban Stays in Force as Justices Mull Outcome
Under pressure following the backlash over the video as well as his past performance at the first presidential debate on September 27 which media said was “agitated” and “ignorant”, Trump appeared defiant. The billionaire also vowed, if elected as the US President, to launch a special investigation against Clinton over her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state under US President Barack Obama from 2009-2013 and ensure she is jailed.
“If I win, I’m going to instruct the attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation because there’s never been so many lies, so much deception,” Trump said. Clinton hit back, saying “everything he just said is absolutely false, but I’m not surprised,” she said. “Oh, really?” Trump remarked. “It is just awfully good that someone with the temperament of Donald Trump is not in charge of the law in our country,” Clinton said. “Because you’d be in jail,” Trump said in another interruption.