Hillary Clinton‘s staff have apologized for their boss after the presidential hopeful was lambasted by Native American groups for saying Donald Trump had gone ‘off the reservation’ Friday.
After being asked about Trump’s offensive comments, Clinton said: ‘I have a lot of experience dealing with men who sometimes get off the reservation in the way they behave and how they speak.’
That remark, made to CNN‘s Jake Tapper, kicked off a firestorm that led to an apology by Amanda Renteria, Clinton’s national political director.
Posting on Twitter – where complaints about the phrase had accumulated under the hashtag #OffTheReservation – Renteria apologized for the ‘divisive language’.
In the first of two Tweets, she said: ‘About the use of an expression today that has some very offensive roots…Divisive language has no place in our politics.
She then added: ‘@HillaryClinton meant no disrespect to Native Americans. She wants this election to be about lifting people up, not tearing them down.’
The apology focused on Native American people, but perhaps unsurprisingly, Donald Trump was displeased by Clinton’s remarks for different reasons.
Calling it a ‘horrible expression’, Trump told Fox and Friends on Sunday: ‘If I would have used that expression – maybe in the opposite form – it would have been a front page story. She uses it and gets away with it.’
Trump was referring to the lack of an immediate outcry in the media – something that several Twitter users also noted.
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