Donald Trump went on the offensive in a series of tweets Tuesday, remaining resolute that his use of the word "schlonged" in reference to Hillary Clinton "is not vulgar."
"When I said Hillary got 'schlonged' that meant beaten badly," he tweeted, following a barrage of criticism online and on the campaign trail about what some have called sexist slang.
The GOP presidential front-runner has found himself in yet another linguistic minefield after using the YIddish word for male genitalia when talking about Clinton, the leader of the Democratic presidential pack, at a campaign stop in Michigan on Monday.
"Even her race to Obama [in 2008], she was gonna beat Obama," Trump told the crowd. "I don't know who would be worse, I don't know. How does it get worse? But she was gonna beat — she was favored to win — and she got schlonged. She lost."
In addition, the real estate mogul made off-color commentary about Clinton's bathroom break during the Democratic debate Saturday, describing the circumstances of her absence as "disgusting."
While Clinton's camp shot back that his words were "degrading language," Trump on Twitter placed the blame on the "#MSM" (mainstream media) for giving "false meaning" to the term.
He also said an NPR journalist used "schlonged" in 2011 in reference to Walter Mondale's disastrous 1984 presidential bid.
"That ticket went on to get schlonged at the polls," NPR's Neal Conan was quoted by The Washington Post, according to the newspaper.