DETROIT - Hillary Clinton sought Monday to capitalize on her no-holds-barred faceoff against Republican Donald Trump at Sunday’s presidential debate, criticizing him for his response to a leaked video in which he made lewd sexual comments about women.
“Donald Trump spent his time attacking when he should have been apologizing,” Clinton said of the presidential debate.
In the video, made in 2005, Trump bragged about groping women and said his fame allowed him to “do anything” to them. Trump, a Manhattan real estate mogul, apologized for his comments at the debate at Washington University in St. Louis, but characterized them several times as “locker room talk.”
Clinton said the line was “just a really weak excuse for behaving badly.”
The former secretary of state called Trump’s remarks in the video, which surfaced Friday, further proof of the “terrible way he treats women.”
Clinton made her comments about Trump at a rally at Wayne State University here, where she tried to spur millennials in early-voting states to register and support her bid for the White House.
Clinton, who had another get-out-the-vote rally scheduled Monday night in Columbus, Ohio, said she expected a large voter turnout on Nov. 8.
She said voters understand the stakes in her race against Trump, while acknowledging the pervasive cynicism about politics.
“But I tell you what, that’s what the other side wants you to feel,” Clinton said at a rally of about 3,500 supporters. “They want you to just say, ‘Well, I’m not going to vote because it’s so nasty.’ That’s the main reason to vote: to make it clear we’re not putting up with that.”
The audience chanted Clinton’s name and waved her blue campaign signs. In the crowd were volunteers with clipboards ready to help sign up voters.
At the rally, Clinton read a statement released by investor Warren Buffett that condemned Trump’s confirmation at the debate that he used a $916 million declaration of loss to avoid federal income taxes for almost 20 years.
Buffett said he has paid taxes every year for 72 years.
“For starts, Warren Buffett is a real billionaire,” Clinton said in an apparent reference to Trump’s failure to release his tax returns and, thus, confirm his income.
“Rich people ought to be paying more in federal income taxes . . . paying their fair share,” Clinton said.
Katelyn Burkart, 26, a research assistant from Ferndale, Michigan, said at the rally that Clinton and Trump had presented “two sets of facts” at the debate. Burkhart called Trump a “person who doesn’t know reality.”
She and Jonatan Martinez, 24, of Detroit, a program coordinator, said it will take a long time for the nation to heal from the divisive election.
“It’s going to be rough,” Martinez said. “It’s going to be impossible to heal in the near future.”
Clinton ended her Detroit rally with her campaign slogan that the United States will be “stronger together.”