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Trump Retires ‘Crooked’ Hillary Nickname, Gives Her A New One

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Former President Donald Trump has given his 2016 opponent for the presidency a new nickname and it has some people baffled.

He told the crowd at a Turning Point USA event in Florida that he had retired the nickname “crooked” for Hillary Clinton and is now calling her “beautiful.”

“I took the name ‘crooked’ away from Hillary and we gave her a new name,” he said. “Beautiful … she’s so beautiful.”

“I took it away because I don’t believe in the same name for two people — I don’t like that,” he said.

The former president said that he did not normally do that and usually when he gives someone a nickname they have to “live with it for the rest of your life.”

He then teased talking about some of the names he has given people, but he would not say them because he is now friends with some of them.

He never said Hillary Clinton was one of the people he was now friends with, nor did he insinuate it, but his detractors seized on it as if he did.

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“I took the name ‘crooked’ off and I gave it to Joe Biden because e’s so corrupt,” he said.

Many people may have missed that he actually announced in April that he had retired the “crooked” name.

“I will be retiring the name ‘Crooked’ from Hillary Clinton,” he said during a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire.

“I’m going to give her a new name — I don’t know, like maybe ‘Lovely Hillary’ or ‘Beautiful Hillary’ — but I’m going to retire the name ‘Crooked’ so that we can use the name for Joe Biden, because he’ll be known from now on as ‘Crooked Joe Biden,’” he said.

In a Sunday interview with Fox News host Maria Bartiromo the former president praised one of his primary opponents in particular, leading to speculation that it could be him.

“I think Vivek has done a very good job, frankly. I think some others have done a good job,” he said.

“You have some good people on the stage actually. I think you have some very talented people,” he said. “I’ve been impressed by some of them. Some of them I’m very friendly with, actually.”

“I think you have good potential Cabinet members, too,” the former president said.

The host asked particularly about Sen. Tim Scott as a potential vice president.

“I think he’s a very good guy. We did opportunity zones together…Tim is very good,” he said. “I mean, I could see Tim doing something with the administration, but he’s right now campaigning, and I’m sure Tim and everybody else would say I’m only interested in one, but Tim is a very talented guy and you have other very talented people.”

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But the host asked him if he was concerned about others cutting into his lead if he does not debate them, which is when the former president mentioned one particular candidate by name.

“Well, I mean, do you see any risk that, if you don’t show up, Ron DeSantis has a good night, and it cuts into your lead?” she said.

“Or somebody else has a good night and cuts into his lead, because that’s what’s happening. He’s going down, and a couple of them are going up,” the former president said. “I think Vivek has done a very good job, frankly. I think some others have done a good job. So I haven’t really made up my mind.”

The former president also explained why he does not believe he needs to debate his fellow  Republican primary candidates.

“With now the election over a year away and the first GOP primary debate a month or so away. Will you be on that stage? Are you participating in the upcoming debate?” the host said.

“Well, it’s a — quite an easy question normally. Ronald Reagan didn’t do it, and a lot of other people didn’t do it. When you have a big lead, you don’t do it,” the former president said.

“And we have a lead of 50 and 60 points in some cases, and some of these people are at zero. Ron DeSanctis, as I call him, or DeSanctimonious, is down to — he’s in the teens now, and I’m at 50 and 60 and 65, and even I saw one today at 70,” he said.

“And so you’re leading people by 50 and 60 points, and you say, why would you be doing a debate? It’s not — it’s actually not fair. Why would you let somebody that’s at zero or at one or two or three be popping you with questions?” he said.

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