Bill Clinton jabs Donald Trump as he hits the campaign trail for Hillary

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Former President Bill Clinton took a subtle shot at Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday.

During his first stop as a campaign surrogate for his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the former president criticized Trump's plan to temporarily ban Muslims from coming to the US.


"It's important that we not be chumps when we decide what security provisions should be employed to check people's background," Clinton said without mentioning Trump by name.

He continued: "But we don't want to run away from the place we've been. And America is a place that welcomes all people who are willing to treat people the way they want to be treated, willing to follow the law, willing to create a common community."

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Bill Clinton jabs Donald Trump as he hits the campaign trail for Hillary
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 23: Gennifer Flowers (R) blows a kiss to talk show host Larry King (L) during her live interview on CNN's Larry King Live show in Hollywood, CA 23 January. According to reports leaked to the press, US President Bill Clinton admitted during a deposition in the Paula Jones investigation to having an affair with Flowers while he was governor of Arkansas. (Photo credit should read RENE MACURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Former White House volunteer Kathleen Willey speaks about her relationship with President Bill Clinton, May 11, 1999 in Washington, DC on the television show 'Hardball' with Chris Mathews. On September 21, 2000, Willey, now known as Kathleen Willey Schwicker, announced that she is suing Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton and other White House personnel for violations of privacy and civil rights. (Photo by Michael Smith/Newsmakers)

The former president implied that Trump and perhaps other Republican candidates were unfairly demonizing Muslims. Clinton cited a story in the New York Daily News, in which a local Muslim shop clerk thwarted several armed robbers.

"That guy is more representative of Muslims in America than what happened in San Bernardino," Clinton said.

The former president also ruminated on how he was not nearly angry enough to "fit in" with the current roster of presidential candidates on the Republican side.

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"Sometimes I follow this debate in the presidential elections -- especially when I watch the other guys debating. And I think I don't fit anymore," Clinton said. "First of all, I'm a happy grandfather. I'm not mad at anybody. And secondly, I thought an election was supposed to be a job interview."

For his part, Trump has amplified his criticism of Clinton as he prepared to hit the 2016 campaign trail. Among other things, Trump repeatedly cited Clinton's past marital infidelities as proof that his wife is a hypocrite on women's issues:

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Clinton reportedly declined to respond to Trump's tacks on Monday:

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