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Hillary Clinton fires back at Trump: ‘His bigotry, his bullying has become his campaign’

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Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton responded to Donald Trump’s latest insults against her by telling the Des Moines Register that nothing really surprises her anymore about the Republican front-runner.

“I don’t know that he has any boundaries anymore,” she said in footage posted on Wednesday. “His bigotry, his bluster, his bullying has become his campaign. He has to keep sort of upping the stakes and going even further.”

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Trump has attempted to argue that his use of a term earlier this week referencing male genitalia to describe Clinton’s 2008 primary loss to President Barack Obama is an accepted political term. But as The Daily Beast reported, that is not true.

The real estate mogul also said it was “disgusting” that Clinton had to use the bathroom during last weekend’s Democratic primary debate, but Clinton refused to say whether she felt the insult was based on her gender.

“I don’t respond to him personally,” she said. “He thrives on that kind of exchange. I think he has to answer for what he says, and I assume that others will make the larger point.”

Trump has also accused Clinton’s campaign of staging an encounter between the former secretary of state and 10-year-old Hannah Tandy during an event in Keota, Iowa on Tuesday.

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The girl joined Clinton on stage and asked what she would do if elected to address bullying, telling the candidate that she overheard classmates making fun of her for having asthma. Clinton responded in part by saying, “It’s important to stand up to bullies wherever they are, and why we shouldn’t let anybody bully his way into the presidency, because that is not who we are as Americans.”

On Wednesday, Trump called the encounter “pathetic” on his Twitter account, telling Clinton, “Be careful Hillary as you play the war on women or women being degraded card.”

Tandy’s mother, Lexie Tandy, told the Register that she did not know the girl would get to ask Clinton a question during the event. She also sent a warning of her own to the real estate mogul.

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“I don’t want to get in a big match-up with Donald Trump, but let me tell you, I will be in one if he makes comments about my daughter,” Tandy said. “She’s 10. She’s just a little girl.”

Watch Clinton’s remarks, as posted on Wednesday, below.

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Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base

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While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support

The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.

Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.

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Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower

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A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.

The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.

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Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas

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Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.

Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.

When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.

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