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Donald Trump defended using the word "schlonged" to describe Hillary Clinton's loss in 2008

He then attacked the mainstream media, or the MSM, for being unfair to him

(CNN) —  

Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to defend using the word “schlonged” to describe Hillary Clinton’s primary loss in 2008, saying the word is “not vulgar.”

“Once again, #MSM is dishonest. ‘Schlonged’ is not vulgar. When I said Hillary got ‘schlonged’ that meant beaten badly,” he said in one tweet.

He then attacked the mainstream media, MSM for short, for being unfair to him.

“For those on TV defending my use of the word ‘schlonged,’ bc #MSM is giving it false meaning-tell them it means beaten badly. Dishonest #MSM,” he said.

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But Trump cited Tuesday what he said was a 1984 NPR report in which “schlonged” was used similarly to how he used it Monday.

“NPR’s @NealConan said ‘schlonged’ to WaPo re: 1984 Mondale/Ferraro campaign: ‘That ticket went on to get schlonged at the polls.’ #Hypocrisy”

The controversy began Monday night when Trump used the word to slam Clinton over her 2008 primary loss to then-Sen. Barack Obama.

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“Even a race to Obama, she was gonna beat Obama. I don’t know who would be worse, I don’t know, how could it be worse? But she was going to beat – she was favored to win – and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost,” Trump said.

The comment was widely criticized, and Clinton’s campaign said Tuesday that Trump’s “degrading language” hurts women.