Chelsea Clinton answers Trump's threat to 'say something rough' at debate

Former President Bill Clinton kisses Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as she and their daughter Chelsea Clinton greet supports during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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Former President Bill Clinton kisses Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as she and their daughter Chelsea Clinton greet supports during the presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., Monday, Sept. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Chelsea Clinton said in an interview Tuesday that she thinks Donald Trump’s threat to bring up her father’s marital infidelities during the first presidential debate was “a distraction,” because the Republican nominee is unable to address real issues.

"My reaction to that is just what my reaction has been kind of every time Trump has gone after my mom or my family, which is that it's a distraction from his inability to talk about what's actually at stake in this election and to offer concrete, comprehensive proposals," Clinton said in an interview with Cosmopolitan magazine. The interview was published Tuesday.

Clinton went on to talk about the “tradition” of her family being attacked, and what she thought in the final moments of Monday’s debate between her mother, Hillary Clinton, and Trump.

"Candidly, I don't remember a time in my life when my parents and my family weren't being attacked, and so it just sort of seems to be in that tradition unfortunately."

As the debate was ending, Trump said he decided not to bring up a “rough” matter he could  have mentioned, despite the fact Clinton had attacked him in ads.

"I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, 'I can't do it.’” Trump later said that he did not bring up the issue out of respect for Chelsea Clinton.

Clinton also discussed  her mother’s health in the interview, and why millennials – the generation born between 1982 and 2004 – should support her mother in the General Election.

To see the full interview in Cosmopolitan, click here.

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