Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump conceded on Tuesday that it would be fair for the press to bring up the infidelity that ended his first marriage during his presidential campaign, CNN reported.
“You’ve gone after former president Bill Clinton for his infidelity,” a reporter asked during a press conference in Lincoln, Nebraska. “Are your own personal indiscretions fair game in this campaign?”
“Yes, they would be,” Trump said. But instead of elaborating or allowing for a follow-up question, Trump returned to his now-familiar tactic of accusing Democrat Hillary Clinton of trying to paint him as a sexist.
“All I did was reverse it on her because she’s got a major problem, happens to be right in her house,” the real estate magnate said. “So, if she wants to do that, we’re going to go right after the president, the ex-president. We’ll see how it all comes out, and I feel very confident that it’ll come out very well for us.”
Trump did not mention that he entered into an affair with actress Marla Maples in 1990, while he was married to Ivana Trump. Maples married the mogul in 1993, and had one daughter with him, Tiffany Trump. People magazine reported that the younger Trump has been seen supporting his campaign.
The candidate’s remarks came after criticism for involving Bill Clinton and his affair with Monica Lewinsky during his presidency to attack the former Secretary of State.
“If Trump wants to set aside policy ideas, public behavior, and advocacy work in favor of judging a man’s respect towards women strictly by his failures as a husband, well, he still loses that battle,” political writer Amanda Marcotte argued in Salon. “Clinton had affairs that his marriage survived. Trump blew up his first marriage to marry his much-younger mistress.”
Watch Trump’s remarks, as aired on Tuesday, below.