Bill Clinton avoids Trump talk

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“The Republicans will have to decide who they are nominating,” the former president said in New Hampshire when asked by MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell how he feels about the tone of Trump's attacks against him. 

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Clinton brushed aside the question, noting, “We're trying to win a primary. We're trying to do that first.”

Trump in the last few weeks has repeatedly hit Bill Clinton for his extramarital affair as well as the sexual misconduct allegations against him. 

He has also argued that the subject is appropriate given Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s criticism of Trump as sexist.

“I think that Hillary is an enabler,” Trump said Monday morning on CNN’s “New Day," later repeating a charge that Bill Clinton is “one of the great woman abusers of all time.”

Clinton didn’t mention Trump in remarks at a community college in Nashua, though he did repudiate the negative stereotyping of Muslims in America. Trump has called for a temporary halt on allowing Muslims to enter the United States.

“One of our great meal tickets in the next 20 years is that there is somebody here from everywhere else,” Clinton said on Monday.

“It's very important that we stand against terrorists who try to abuse religion for any purpose in any religion to murder people. ... But we don’t want to run away from the place we've been. America is a place that welcomes all people who are willing to treat other people like they want to be treated, willing to follow the law.”

Clinton shared two stories, one of Kenyan Muslims saving Christians from genocide by dressing them in traditional Muslim garb and another of a Muslim convenience-store clerk who warded off robbers.

“He went home and pulled out his prayer map and prayed thanks that his life was spared and hope that his family would someday be able to join him,” Clinton said. 

“That guy is more representative of most Muslims in America than [the shooting] in San Bernardino.”

 

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