Bill Clinton Talks About Donald Trump and His Presidential Bid...So, Is He Voting for Wife Hillary Clinton?

The former U.S. leader made his comments to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

By Corinne Heller Jun 18, 2015 4:25 PMTags
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President Bill Clinton is probably voting for wife Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election (or at least, we should hope so...), should she win the Democratic primaries, but what does he think about Donald Trump?

The Republican real estate mogul and The Celebrity Apprentice host announced his own bid earlier this week. Trump had fuelled speculation he would run before many previous elections.

"My first question is an obvious one—I know you've been a Hillary Clinton supporter for president for quite some time," Jon Stewart joked to Bill on The Daily Show on Wednesday. "Does Donald Trump's entry into the race in any way complicate that or change the way that you're viewing your vote? Take your time."

"You know that's a hard question but I want to just remind you that, as you pointed out with that unbelievable opening, you got five weeks to go and I'm still the spouse of a presidential candidate," Bill replied, drawing laughs.

Stewart is set to leave The Daily Show after 16 years on Aug. 6. South African comic Trevor Noah will take over as host on Sept. 28.

"He has been, believe it or not, uncommonly nice to Hillary and me," Clinton replied. "He thought Hillary was a good senator for New York after 9/11 and he has actually, he's one of the many Republicans who supported our foundation before they got the memo."

Republican lawmakers had last month asked the IRS to find out if the Clinton Foundation complied with the terms of its tax-exempt status and the group has said it planned to refile at least three years' worth of tax returns after errors were found in how they reported donations from governments, Reuters had reported.

Trump had invited Bill and Hillary to his wedding to third wife Melania in Palm Beach, Florida in 2005. Bill and Trump had also gone golfing together with fellow famous friends such as former New York City mayors Rudy Giuliani, also an ex-presidential candidate, and Michael Bloomberg, at a tournament at the Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, New York in 2008.

Between 2002 and 2006, Trump donated a total of $6,200 to Hillary's campaign for Senate re-election and in 2007 and 2008, he donated $4,600 to her first presidential campaign. In the most recent 2012 election, he supported Republican leader Mitt Romney.

Trump recently made fun of Hillary at his first campaigning event, held in Des Moines, Iowa on Tuesday.

"You know, she's playing the woman card really big," The Des Moines Register quoted him as saying there. "I watched her the other day and all she would talk about was, 'Women! Women! I'm a woman! I'm going to be the youngest woman in the White House! I'm not going to have white hair, I'm going to dye my hair blonde!'"

"She could be beaten," he added. "She's got a lot of bad things happening."

Trump had talked about her recent email controversy on Good Morning America on Wednesday, saying, "What she did is illegal. What she did is totally illegal. I don't know how she gets away with it." Hillary has denied any wrongdoing.