Hillary Clinton said Tuesday she was “disappointed” by Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican “rapists” entering the U.S. illegally, and took aim at Republicans for not condemning the real estate mogul’s remarks sooner in a sit-down interview with CNN.
“I’m very disappointed in those comments,” Clinton said when asked about her reaction to Trump’s immigrant comments, with CNN reporter Brianna Keilar noting that Trump has for years donated to Clinton’s Senate campaigns and the Clinton Foundation.
“I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and with the Republican Party for not responding immediately and saying ‘enough. Stop it,” she said.
Clinton also said the Republican presidential candidates are all in “the same general area” as Trump on immigration, that they span a “spectrum on hostility” ranging from “grudgingly welcome” to outright hostility to immigrants. She also noted that no Republicans in the race support a path to citizenship.
Clinton added that she would push for comprehensive immigration reform as president on behalf of the “good, law abiding, productive members of the immigrant community” she knows, a departure from Trump’s doubling down on his remarks yesterday that Mexico is forcing its most unwanted people across the border.
The full interview is airing Tuesday evening on CNN.
Watch a clip of Clinton’s segment on immigration below, via CNN:
.@HillaryClinton tells CNN she is “disappointed” in @realDonaldTrump for his comments on immigration #HillaryonCNN http://t.co/wRi1M5EH3K
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 7, 2015