Twitter war: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump trade online jabs during round 2 of US presidential debate

US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the town hall debate at Washington University on Oct 9, 2016.
US Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at the town hall debate at Washington University on Oct 9, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - As round two of Hillary Clinton versus Donald Trump began in earnest on Monday (Oct 10) morning (Singapore time), the jabs flowed thick and fast on the presidential nominees' Twitter accounts.

Mr Trump, whose campaign was plunged into crisis following the release of a video that recorded his derogatory and lewd comments about women more than a decade ago, got the ball rolling by tweeting a link to his Facebook page.

The Republican presidential nominee's attempt at damage control came in the form of a surprise press conference with three women who had previously accused former US president Bill Clinton - and husband of Mrs Clinton - of sexual assault. Another woman claimed Mrs Clinton, when she was a lawyer, defended a man who victimised her.

Those managing Mrs Clinton's account immediately went on the offensive as the debate inevitably addressed Mr Trump's lewd hot mic remarks.

"I have great respect for women. -@realDonaldTrump, who said all of these things," said one tweet, which came with a screengrab detailing the instances when Mr Trump had insulted the opposite sex.

Another tweet on her account declared: "Trump has said that the video doesn't represent who he is. Anyone who heard it knows it's exactly who he is."

 

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Mr Trump's response? "There's never been anyone more abusive to women in politics than Bill Clinton. My words were unfortunate - the Clintons' actions were far worse."

He also attacked Mrs Clinton's support of ObamaCare and declared that "Crooked Hillary" had "failed all over the world", in a rebuke of his rival's stint as US secretary of state.

Not to be outdone, Mrs Clinton charged that Mr Trump owed President Obama an apology for his "years-long racist conspiracy".

Take a look at what both sides are tweeting about each other below.

Mrs Clinton:

Mr Trump: