Donald Trump claimed he stopped himself from saying something that he described as “rough” during Monday night’s debate, which, judging from comments from him post-debate, were linked to former President Bill Clinton’s sex scandals.
During a debate question about comments Trump has made about women, Trump began defending himself, and confessed to the audience that he had begun to say something “extremely rough” about the Clintons and then stopped himself.
“You want to know the truth, I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family and I said to myself, I can’t do it,” Trump said. “I just can’t do it.”
While many speculated on what that could mean, Trump seemed to drop another breadcrumb, during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity after the debate, saying that he was going to bring up “what’s been going on in their life” but stopped himself because of respect for Chelsea Clinton, who was in the room.
“I didn’t want to say her husband was in the room along with her daughter, what I think is a very nice young lady and I didn’t want to say what I was going to say about what’s been going on in their life,” he said. “So I decided not to say it. I thought it would be very disrespectful to Chelsea and maybe to the family.”
Later, Yahoo News’s Hunter Walker asked Trump if he thought about bringing up Clinton’s sex scandals, and Trump confirmed that he thought about it and that he held back for Chelsea’s sake.
“I was, but I decided not to out of respect for Chelsea,” Trump said.
I asked Trump if he was tempted to bring up Bill Clinton’s sex scandals. pic.twitter.com/2xtarFaHzn
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) September 27, 2016