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KEOTA, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton says it's "important to stand up to bullies wherever we are."
She was responding to a question from a student at an Iowa high school today about how to deal with bullying. But Clinton made it clear she wasn't just talking about the classroom or the schoolyard.
She said, "We shouldn't let anybody bully his way into the presidency. Because that is not who we are as Americans."
Clinton challenged Donald Trump more directly by saying that Trump's rhetoric on Muslims is "not only dangerous, it's shameful." She said it plays into the hands of violent jihadists.
Her comments about Trump come after he labeled Clinton "disgusting" for using the restroom during a commercial break at the last Democratic debate. Trump also used crude language -- a slang word for male genitalia -- to describe her primary loss to Barack Obama in 2008.
A Clinton spokeswoman today took to Twitter to label Trump's language "degrading." Jennifer Palmieri said, "We are not responding to Trump, but everyone who understands the humiliation this degrading language inflicts on all women should."
182-a-15-(Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate, at campaign town hall)-"derogatory, defamatory statements"-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says extremists are using Donald Trump's statements are helping recruit fellow Muslims. (22 Dec 2015)
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183-a-11-(Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential candidate, at campaign town hall)-"are as Americans (cheers and applause fade)"-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says bullying is wrong -- wherever it takes place. (22 Dec 2015)
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APPHOTO IACN102: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a town hall meeting at Keota High School, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Keota, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (22 Dec 2015)
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