From the September 11 edition of ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS (HOST): This comment going to matter a month from now?
JOHN HEILEMANN: Well I think it could matter a little bit. I think she actually did apologize relatively cleanly. Again, particularly if you compare the reluctance of Donald Trump to ever kind of apologize about anything. Comparatively speaking her apology was relatively clean. I do think it violates that kind of fundamental campaign tenet,which is that it’s fine to attack your opponent, but you should really stay away from attacking the electorate. The other thing that’s problematic about it is this, is that Donald Trump has attacked her as a bigot over and over again. Right? And there was never -- before this moment there was never a time in which you could kind of justify that, where she had said anything that actually kind of met the dictionary definition of bigoted. This comment kind of gets very close to the dictionary definition of bigoted, so it gives Trump a talking point that he will go back to again and again.