ABC News(PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz.) — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested during a speech Tuesday in Arizona that Bill Clinton went through “hell” on “many nights” with his wife, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Trump did not elaborate on his remarks, but they came right after he mentioned that the former president called “Obamacare” the “craziest thing” during a speech in Flint, Michigan, on Monday.
“At least he is honest … In the meantime, she wants to double down on ‘Obamacare.’ I’ll bet he went through hell last night. Can you imagine?” said Trump, who was campaigning in Prescott Valley, Arizona, on Tuesday.
“He went through hell, but you know, honestly, there have been many nights when he has gone through hell with Hillary, in all fairness.”
On Monday, Bill Clinton decried the rise of insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act — remarks that Trump and his surrogates have seized on and that Hillary Clinton’s team said were taken out of context.
“You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have health care and then the people are out there, busting it sometimes 60 hours a week, wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” said Bill Clinton. “It’s the craziest thing in the world.”
Trump quoted Clinton’s comments for the crowd Tuesday.
In response to Clinton’s comments, the White House came to the defense of the program Tuesday afternoon, with press secretary Josh Earnest, saying that President Barack Obama is “quite proud of the accomplishment” of the legislation, but added the caveat that Obama acknowledges “there are some things that could be done to further strengthen the law.”
Earnest added that “of course” the administration wishes Clinton hadn’t used those words to describe Obama’s signature health care plan.
“It’s not exactly clear to me what argument he was making, and so I’ll let him and his team explain that,” Earnest said.
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