SCRANTON, Pa. — Its not that Donald Trump doesn't want to hear "Madam President" — it's just that he doesn't want it to be Hillary Clinton.
Speaking to a packed and rowdy house in Pennsylvania, Trump warned women to be "careful what they wished" for if they were supporting Hillary Clinton in her bid to become the first female president.
"She'll set you back a long way, women, if that happens," Trump said. "It'll be a long way before it happens again. You better be careful what you wish for."
But that's not to say Trump doesn't support the idea of a woman commander-in-chief, someday.
Comparing Clinton to anyone else, Trump told the crowd "they'll say 'Madame President' — oh, I don't want to hear that. I do want to hear it eventually, cause I want to see a woman become President, but it can't be her. She's a disaster. She's a disaster."
Trump also reacted to President Bill Clinton's convention remarks one night earlier, embellishing some parts as he lamented the lack of mention of what Trump termed his "favorite chapter."
Of Clinton's story about how he met his wife, Trump noted that "he left one chapter out" — presumably alluding to the Monica Lewinsky episode.
Trump rehashed the speech: "And didn't he say, 'I then grabbed her?' And I say, boy, this is getting a little crazy now. What's going on? right? 'I grabbed her. I grabbed her.' And then when he said that, I knew that my favorite chapter would happen, and it didn't happen. He didn't talk about the kinds of things we want to be hear about." Trump added, somewhat defeated, "So what're you gonna do?"
In fact, Clinton's story made no mention of grabbing anyone. The part that Trump was most likely riffing off was when Clinton described his Initial meeting with Hillary, where he described wanting to tap her on the shoulder.
"After the class I followed her out, intending to introduce myself," Clinton said at the convention Tuesday night. "I got close enough to touch her back, but I couldn't do it. Somehow I knew this would not be just another tap on the shoulder, that I might be starting something I couldn't stop."
The Scranton rally brought out some of the most enthusiastic supporters seen at Trump rallies in weeks. When they cheered, it was deafening. When they booed, the "ooh"s reverberated off the gym walls.
But when they chanted "lock her up" — referring to a punishment for Hillary Clinton's email server problems — Trump tamped them down.
Moving his hands in a downward motion as if to calm them down, Trump said "we're gonna do better" and promised to beat her in November.
The GOP nominee had earlier told press he didn't like the "lock her up" chants, which have become a sort of codified rallying cry at Trump's events since the convention.
Still, mere moments later, he rallied their cheers once again at the mention of "crooked Hillary."