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Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Clinton's Actions More Worrying Than Trump's Comments

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Sep 2016 01:50 PM

Rep. Marsha Blackburn said Wednesday she sometimes wishes GOP nominee Donald Trump would word his comments better about women or not say them at all. However, she's even more concerned with what Hillary Clinton does or what she will do if she's elected, pointing to the Democratic nominee's own history with her husband's sexual scandals as "interesting."

"I find it so interesting that there continues to be this conversation," the Tennessee Republican told MSNBC Wednesday afternoon, bringing up the the names of Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky to make her point.

"Monica Lewinsky started an anti-bullying foundation because of what the Clintons did to her," Blackburn said. "I think you have to take it into account."

Trump's past issues with women came to the forefront this week, after Clinton mentioned during Monday night's presidential debate a former pageant winner, a Latina, who Trump had called "Miss Piggy" and "Miss Housekeeping" after she put on some weight after the pageant.

Trump doubled down on the question on Tuesday, when he called the 1996 Miss Universe winner, Venezuelan-born Alicia Machado, the "worst" pageant winner and commented she'd gained a "massive amount" of weight.

Machado has come out as a Clinton supporter, and has already been featured in a pro-Clinton advertising spot where she describes her experiences with Trump. 

Blackburn repeated there are things that Trump says that she "would have said differently or not at all," but she'd rather focus on his actions.

"Let's look at the women who have excelled in his organizations and the way he promoted them," Blackburn said. "The way they are standing with him as they go through this campaign. Talking about how he has promoted them within the organization. I think there is a lot to be said about the good things that he has done there."

And, she complained that Clinton has "paid women less on her staff" and that she mistreated women because of the complications with her relationship with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

However, she admitted that comments such as the "Miss Piggy" nickname for Machado could be "less than helpful," but she is "certain Hillary Clinton right now is thinking, 'Maybe I should not have been so vindictive toward some of those women.'"

But at the same time, Blackburn said she is pleased "to have a presidential nominee for our party who is the first one to come forward talking about the issues of child care and women in the workplace."

As for other questions, Blackburn said she'd leave those up to the Trump campaign, including his repeated "birther" comments for years about President Barack Obama.

"Mr. Trump said he moved past that," Blackburn said. "I think we should be putting the focus on some of the policies that have come out over the last eight years where we are seeing a tremendous amount of negative impact on the American people."

She said she also wishes Clinton would release her emails, as it would save time and money for the government, and Americans "deserve the answer," but she'd leave it up to the Trump campaign about the decision to release his income taxes.

"He's already filed his FEC (Federal Election Commission) papers," Blackburn said. "That's the net worth statement. There is a lot of information in there. I encourage your viewers to go to FEC.gov and look it up."

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