Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton used a national TV interview Friday to accuse her Republican counterpart Donald Trump of 'innuendo, conspiracy theories and defaming people' starting with her closest aide Huma Abedin.
In the exclusive interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell, Clinton said she can take Trump's attacks, but 'I do regret that he’s going after so many people.'
That was a reference to Trump's swipe at Abedin, a decades-long Clinton aide and the wife of former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner.
Trump has been criticizing Abedin for weeks, starting with a DailyMail.com interview in which he alleged that Abedin had likely leaked classified State Department information to her husband, disgraced ex-Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner.
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Hillary Clinton found herself defending her closest aide, Huma Abedin, after Republican billionaire Donald Trump launched a series of attacks on Abedin this week.
Hillary Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, has been with the senator for many years and has only recently found herself in a harsh spotlight over her emails and her close ties to Clinton.
Fox News political commentator Megyn Kelly irritated Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump at last month's GOP primary debate, prompting the billionaire to launch a Twitter war against her.
Clinton would have none of it.
'I can take that. I mean, that is just par for the course. But he is going after so many people, many of them by name,' Clinton told Mitchell.
'I think it's an unfortunate development in American politics that his campaign is all about who he's against, whether it's immigrants or women broadcasters, or aides of other candidates.
'He's is the candidate of "being against".
'He's great at innuendo and conspiracy theories and really defaming people. That's not what I want to do in my campaign, and that's not how I'm going to conduct myself.'
Clinton's reference to 'women broadcasters' was about Megyn Kelly, a Fox News TV personality and commentator who was the subject of multiple attacks by Trump on Twitter and in various TV interviews last month.
Trump has been attacking Abedin since July, initially using the DailyMail.com interview to charge that 'the person seeing her emails more than anybody else is Huma. And who's Huma married to? The worst deviant in the United States of America, right? Weiner!'
Last week, Trump had continued to criticize Abedin by saying, 'Do you think there's even a 5 percent chance that she's not telling Anthony Weiner – now of a public relations firm – what the hell is coming across? Do you think there's even a little bit of a chance? I don't think so.'
'If you think that Huma isn't telling Anthony, who she's probably desperately in love with, in all fairness to Anthony. Cause why else would she marry this guy? Can you believe it? Can't see straight.'
And on Monday, Trump used one of his favorite weapons, Twitter, to fire a shot across her bow.
Billionaire Donald Trump's attacks on Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin since July were initially unexpected, as candidates rarely take shots at the staffers of their campaign rivals.
Donald Trump vs. Huma Abedin continued this week, when the billionaire took to Twitter to slam the top aide to Hillary Clinton.
Weiner himself got involved too, denying that Abedin had leaked any secret information to him and punching back at Trump.
'I think it's absurd and frankly insulting, not only to my wife – who, when she worked at the State Department, had a pretty high security clearance, a higher clearance than even some of the candidates running for president – but it also reflects very poorly on apparently what Mr. Trump thinks about government employees who have high security clearances, that they are talking about things," Weiner said on The Brian Lehrer Show, according to ABC News.