Ivanka Trump and Chelsea Clinton Share Friendly Greeting After Bitter Presidential Debate
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton went head-to-head in Sunday’s debate with a massive amount of rancor, but the candidate’s bitter rivalry didn’t seem to extend to their daughters. After the event, the daughters met fact-to-face and, although only Ivanka’s back was seen, Hillary sported a big smile as the two shared an affectionate touch. (Their parents also shook hands following the debate despite skipping the customary greeting in the beginning.)
The exchange was brief though, with the two sharing just a few words before parting ways — which is to be expected under such awkward circumstances.
As their parents have been embroiled in a heated war for the White House for several months, Trump and Clinton have held that their friendship has never been about politics.Ida Mae Astute/ABC via Getty Images; Alex Wong/Getty Images
Trump recently told PEOPLE that although there is “tremendous intensity” in both her and Clinton’s lives right now, the two are still pals.
“We’re both incredibly supportive of our parents, as we should be,” Ivanka said. “But we also continue to have great respect for one another.”
That intensity has surely increased in recent months, with both Hillary and Donald throwing jabs at each other whenever they can.
And the two candidates didn’t mince words at Sunday’s debate.
Donald, 70, didn’t hold back and told the crowd that 68-year-old Hillary has “tremendous hate in her heart.” He later accused Hillary of unfairly securing the nomination over Bernie Sanders, saying, “I was surprised to see him sign up with the devil.”
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Hillary had no shortage of material to attack the business mogul, though, especially as the debate came on the heels of the infamous 2005 hot-mic video in which Donald is heard making demeaning comments about women to Billy Bush, who co-hosted Access Hollywood at the time. On the tape — first published by The Washington Post — Donald is heard bragging that he could grab women “by the p——” because he’s a “star.” He also revealed that he had unsuccessfully tried to have sex with a married woman — later identified as Nancy O’Dell.
The Republican nominee has chalked his comments up to “locker room talk,” but Hillary did not hold back when addressing the controversy at Sunday’s debate.
“What we all saw and heard on Friday was Donald talking about women. What he thinks about women, what he does to women and he has said that the video doesn’t represent who he is,” Hillary said. “But I think it’s clear to anyone who heard it that it represents exactly who he is. Because we’ve seen this throughout the campaign.”