In an interview with the PBS NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill on Tuesday, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine responded to Donald Trump’s repeated claim that Hillary Clinton didn’t look presidential.
“I didn’t have a hard time figuring out what that meant,” Kaine told Ifill. “He was basically saying that because she is a woman, that she somehow didn’t meet his standard of what a president looks like. I think that is very, very easily understood by the vast majority of people who heard him make that comment, and they find it offensive,” Kaine added.
In an interview that aired earlier today, Trump told ABC’s David Muir, “I don’t think she has the presidential look, and you need a presidential look. You have to get the job done.”
Ifill asked Kaine if he thought it helped or hurt when people make statements referring to Clinton’s gender.
Kaine responded that “whether it helps or hurts us, it is bad for the country,” referencing the fact it took 144 years for the U.S. to allow women to vote.
You can watch the full interview with Sen. Kaine online and on your local PBS station this evening.