Donald Trump has fired back at Hillary Clinton after the former Secretary of State told CNN she was “disappointed” with the real-estate mogul’s comments about Mexican immigrants.
In a statement sent to Business Insider Wednesday, Trump slammed Clinton’s State Department record and her views on immigration policy.
“Hillary Clinton was the worst secretary of state in the history of the United States. On top of that, she is extremely bad on illegal immigration,” Trump said. “Despite anything you may hear to the contrary, I do not think she is electable.”
During her first big interview since announcing her candidacy in April, Clinton criticized Trump for calling undocumented Mexican immigrants “rapists” and “criminals.”
“I’m very disappointed in those comments,” Clinton told CNN’s Brianna Keilar. “And I feel very bad and very disappointed with him and with the Republican Party for not responding immediately and saying, ‘Enough. Stop it.'”
Trump defended his remarks Wednesday, telling NBC News’ Katy Tur, he believes he could still win the Hispanic vote.
“I have a great relationship with the Mexican people,” Trump said. “I have many people working for me, you can look at the job in Washington. I have many legal immigrants working with me — many of them come from Mexico. They love me. I love them. And I’ll tell you something: If I get the nomination, I’ll win the Latino vote. I will win it, because I’m going to create jobs. Hillary Clinton is not going to be able to create jobs, I will tell you right now, neither is Jeb Bush going to be able to create jobs. I will create jobs and the Latinos will have jobs that they don’t have right now and I will win that vote.”
Asked whether he’s concerned about gun violence in America, Trump insisted he’s a “big Second Amendment person” and owns a gun (though he would not say whether or not he uses it). He also said he does not support stronger gun control legislation).
“Once you get into that, you start getting into a situation, the slippery slope where all of a sudden you’re going to really violate the Second Amendment. I don’t want to do anything to violate the Second Amendment. To me, the Second Amendment is very important.”
Trump is heading to Los Angeles for a meeting with Hollywood conservative group, “Friends of Abe” in Brentwood on Friday.
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