‘Hillary Clinton is a great woman and a good woman.’
Donald Trump’s moral core has been one of the hardest things to pin down during his life in the public eye. Trump has switched his political affiliation at least five times and changed his mind on major issues such as the Iraq war, abortion, nuclear proliferation, gun control, and torture. Trump has also done a complete about face on his feelings for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and her husband, former president, Bill Clinton.
Donald Trump and the Clintons have been friends over the years and have said positive things about each other in the press. Trump has admitted to donating money to the Clintons’ political campaigns and Bill and Hillary attended Trump’s 2005 wedding to Melania Knauss. Now, a recently-unearthed interview from November 2008 shows Trump praising the Clintons with such passion, it raises questions about his true feelings for his Democratic rivals.
Trump on Hillary Clinton’s political future:
Her history is far from being over, I’d like to answer that question in another 15 year from now. I think she’s going to go down at a minimum as a great senator. I think she is a great wife to a president and I think Bill Clinton was a great president.
Trump went on to praise Bill Clinton’s presidency:
You know, you look at the country then, the economy was doing great. Look at what happened during the Clinton years: we had no war the economy was doing great, everybody was happy. A lot of people hated him because they were jealous as hell.
Trump on Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2008 Democratic primaies to Barack Obama:
Hillary Clinton is a great woman and a good woman... thought they roughed her up pretty good. I think she’s a wonderful woman. I think she’s a little bit misunderstood. You know, Hillary’s a very smart woman, a very tough woman, that’s fine … but she’s also a very nice person. And I know Hillary and I know her husband very well, they’re fine people
I thought she was roughed up. … I’m not knocking the other side, you know, you want to win a battle so if it gets a little bit nasty it is politics and politics is a tough game, but I thought she was perhaps unnecessarily roughed up. He took some pretty hard hits.