The Best Political Shade Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Have Traded Throughout the 2016 Election

The war of words is on and poppin'!

By Brenden Gallagher

With Bernie Sanders all but conceding the race, and the Republican pretenders having long ago been run over by the Trump Train, the two presumptive candidates for president have set their sights on each other. Though we are still four and a half months away from the election, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have already come at each other hard. From witty tweets to bitter criticisms to dredging up the ghosts of the past, here are some of the best moments in their ongoing feud to claim the throne White House.

  • December 22, 2015: Schlonged

    Unless you hang out in cigar bars and saunas in Manhattan, you had probably never heard the word “schlonged” before Trump dropped it into his comments following a December Democratic debate. Trump said, “She was going to beat [Barack Obama] — she was favored to win — and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost.” It’s amazing that Trump’s sexism is as antiquated as it is offensive. The man might be the greatest chauvinist alive.

  • January 4, 2016: The Great Enabler Debate

    For someone with such a sordid past, Trump sure isn’t afraid to go after his enemies’ history. We all knew it was only a matter of time before The Donald came after Bill Clinton, particularly with regard to his sex scandals. Trump wasted little time living up to expectations. In early January, he accused his Democratic rival of being an “enabler” who has “one of the great woman abusers of all time waiting for her at the house for dinner.”

  • April 26, 2016: The Woman Card

    In late April, The Donald famously accused Hillary of playing the woman card. Like many things Trump has attempted in life, the plan immediately backfired. Clinton latched onto the term and on April 29, she offered a “Woman Card” for sale on her website for $5. She and her team used the occasion to discuss women’s issues central to her campaign, including the wage gap, paid family leave, and reproductive rights. Hillary supporters quickly took to social media to proudly display their Woman Cards.

  • April 27, 2016: Hillary Ain’t Got Time For That

    Throughout his campaign Donald Trump’s major tactic has been lobbing schoolyard insults at his opponents. Hillary Clinton has taken up the counter approach to be the adult in the room. So when Trump rolled out his newest brilliant nickname, “Crooked Hillary,” Clinton didn’t have time for that mess. She dismissed the pettiness in the way that Mariah Carey forgets Jennifer Lopez exists. “I don’t respond to Donald Trump and his string of insults about me. I can take care of myself. What I’m concerned about is how he goes after everybody else.” Boy, bye!

  • May 10, 2016: Trump Benghazi Attack Ad

    Reports that Donald Trump’s campaign is in disarray were not helped by this bizarre Benghazi themed attack ad that Trump released last month. Not only does the ad dredge up events that are years in the past, but it features a weird shot of Hillary laughing, superimposed with poorly rendered footage of a burning building. If Trump is a living Twitter egg, then his video producers must be the embodiment of cut-rate right wing YouTubers.

  • June 9, 2016: “Delete Your Account.”

    The award for best burn of the election season so far goes to Hillz. If there’s one thing that Hillary does well, it’s awkwardly co-opting millenial slang for her political ends (Yasss Kween!). After President Obama endorsed Clinton’s bid for president, Trump attempted to rain on the moment, but Hillary was ready. She (or her team) clapped back with supreme shade.

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