♪ this is "nightline." >> tonight, trump. >> give me a break. >> versus the clintons. >> it's kind of scary this year. >> the republican front-runner taking direct aim at hillary. >> she wants to accuse me of things and the husband's one of the great abusers of the world. >> and bill hits the trail, brushing off trump's attacks against his past. what hillary announced today about her trump-related new year's resolution. plus the armed militia standoff in oregon. anti-government protesters occupying a federal building. >> i am willing to lay my life down to fight against tyranny. >> and she's beauty, she's grace, she's miss universe 2015. but she wasn't at first. >> colombia!
trump's most recent wedding. bill and donald have hit the golf course together. but today in the heat of a presidential campaign trump said that his old golfing buddy bill clinton's previous sexual behavior is now fair game. so how are the clintons now responding? abc's david wright is out on the trail tonight. >> reporter: the first real blast of winter. ♪ make america great again means campaign season is finally heating up. ♪ land of the free the first votes due to be cast just a month from now. >> folks, we have a revolution going on. people are tired, and they're sick of the stupidity that we're seeing coming out of washington. >> reporter: and the battle lines are drawn. >> there could not be a starker difference between the kind of country that i want to see for all of us and what the republicans are promising. >> reporter: the campaigns bringing out their big guns. >> every presidential election
people run and, believe it or not, it's kind of scary this year. >> reporter: out here on the campaign trail it's make or break time. >> can you see him as president? >> i'm not quite sure yet. and i'm probably going to get? slack from the people in the line. >> reporter: tonight inside the arena named for the democrat who trumped bill clinton in the 1992 new hampshire primary, trump's name is now plastered on every jumbotron. >> isn't this more fun than a regular boring rally? >> reporter: the crowd fired up, even when hecklers repeatedly try to get in the way. >> but i remember when bernie sanders, when they took over his microphone, that's not happening with trump, folks. >> reporter: the candidate fired up too. >> i'm a much nicer person than she is. but we have to be tough. and we have to be vigilant. >> reporter: the mood here is boisterous, like a hockey crowd on a playoff night. the scene here, a parallel universe to what's going on in the granite state just 20 miles away.
where the democrats have a superstar of their own. today former president bill clinton spent the day in new hampshire. >> i saved you a seat. come over. try the french fries. hi. >> reporter: making his first campaign appearances on behalf of his wife. charming the crowd at a diner. pressing the flesh. signing books. and making the case for her candidacy. but apparently taking nothing for granted. >> people get nervous -- hillary wins the election, what do you want to be called? i said, nobody's voted yet. i'm superstitious. >> reporter: trump has spent the past few days trying to pick a fight with the former president. >> she wants to accuse me of things, and the husband's one of the great abusers of the world. give me a break. give me a break. >> reporter: reminding everyone about the monica lewinsky scandal. never mind that at trump's
wedding the two couples were all smiles. or that he's donated thousands of dollars to hillary clinton's campaigns in years past. >> hillary's a great friend of mine. her husband's a great friend of mine. fantastic people. >> reporter: never mind that trump used to dismiss the impeachment scandal as just a distraction. >> look at the trouble bill clinton got into with something that was totally unimportant and they tried to impeach him, which was nonsense. >> reporter: trump is now singing a different tune. >> that he's trying to poke the dragon as it were. >> right. he's going after things that the clintons don't like to talk about. and who would blame them? it's not a particularly happy period in their lives. the impeachment trial. the various sex scandals that have consumed their family for -- consumed their family for a period in the '90s. but some of this stuff is ancient history. >> it is wrong that senator obama got to go through 15 debates. >> reporter: back in 2008 the former president swung at barack obama with fury.
>> this whole thing is the biggest fairy tale i've ever seen. >> reporter: but some of his most spirited attacks backfired. >> i'm a happy grandfather. i'm not mad at anybody. >> reporter: so for now he isn't taking the bait. even when my colleague cecilia vega gave him an opening. >> donald trump says your past is fair game. i've got to ask you, you keep coming up on the trail with him. is it fair game? >> the republicans have to decide who they want to nominate. i'm trying to tell now the democrats in the country why i think hillary would be the best president. >> you've got to think that he knows that this is why people are paying attention. he knows better than to take the bait and start screaming. but at the same time this is clearly something that's going to continue following him. >> right. >> reporter: the candidate herself is also refusing to engage. over the weekend she shut down a heckler at a new hampshire town hall. >> you are very rude. and i'm not going to ever call on you. thank you. [ applause ] >> reporter: today in iowa she
took the high road again. >> i've adopted a new year's resolution. i'm going to let him live in his alternative reality and i'm not going to respond. [ applause ] >> reporter: the latest national polls put donald trump and hillary clinton in a statistical dead heat in a head-to-head match-up. both just shy of 50%. and if you swap in marco rubio or ted cruz on the republican side, it's still pretty much an even split. interestingly, if you were to swap in bernie sanders on the democratic side in a head-to-head match-up with trump, sanders runs away with it. today trump tried to give the polls a nudge. >> i'm donald trump and i approve this message. >> reporter: launching the first tv ad of his presidential campaign. a compendium of some of his most controversial proposals. banning muslim immigrants. building a wall on the border with mexico. >> that mexico will pay for. >> reporter: eagle-eyed observers noted that that image of immigrants rushing the border actually comes from morocco, not
mexico. the trump campaign now says they're using that footage as a worst case scenario to demonstrate the threat americans could face if we don't act. tonight bill o'reilly called trump on it. >> you don't think that's misleading? >> no, i think it's irrelevant. all we want to do is what it's going to look like. they pick something, they could have picked something else. we can pick plenty of footage, that i can tell you. >> you should have probably put the mexican footage in there, though. >> reporter: the amazing thing is trump has made it this far in the race without spending a dime on advertising. >> we will make america great again. >> reporter: he's gotten more free air time than most of the other candidates combined. today ernst cassning may have been the only actual voter to bridge the two worlds. >> i've met 18 of the candidates already. >> 18 of the candidates. you've met face to face. >> yeah. >> here in new hampshire. >> yeah. >> reporter: there he was at the bill clinton event in nashua, where he got clinton to autograph his book.
back tonight for the trump rally in lowell. easy to spot him there with his sideburns and his captain's hat, carrying trump's book this time. in just over a month he'll have to make up his mind. so will the rest of us. i'm david wright for "nightline" in new england. next, the standoff in remote oregon. armed anti-government protesters occupying government property saying they're preparing to use force. and later, what miss universe is telling us about her crowning moment only minutes after the world was told she was just the runner-up. disease is tough, but i've managed. except that managing my symptoms was all i was doing. and when i finally told my doctor, he said humira is for adults like me who have tried other medications but still experience the symptoms of moderate to severe crohn's disease. and that in clinical studies, the majority of patients on humira saw significant symptom relief. and many achieved remission.
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now to the drama playing out in rural oregon tonight. the armed anti-government protesters who've taken over a group of federal buildings. police are keeping their distance for now, hoping to ride this thing out, but many critics are asking, would the cops be handling the situation differently if the protesters were black or muslim? abc's neal karlinsky is on the scene tonight. >> reporter: tonight a bizarre standoff in oregon. >> i am 100% willing to lay my life down to fight against tyranny in this country. >> reporter: as several dozen militiamen, some openly armed, hold their ground at this federal wildlife refuge which they took over while no one was here. and we found the man who posted that video inside. >> do you fear that this could turn into something serious enough that you would not be able to return to your family? >> there's always that chance. nobody -- i'll tell you right
now, though, nobody here will fire that first shot. we will protect ourselves. but that's not what -- that's not what we want and i don't think that's what they want. >> reporter: the events at first glance might seem like the 2014 armed standoff between ranchers and federal agents in nevada. >> get back! get back now! >> reporter: but there's no violence or confrontation here in oregon. what there is is some of the same characters. in fact, members of the bundy family from nevada behind that standoff are at the center of this one as well. >> this refuge here is rightfully owned by the people. and we intend to use it. >> reporter: they is i they're fighting for nothing short of the liberation of thousands of square miles of federal land which they believe should be returned to america's ranchers. >> to say that this is all taking place in the middle of nowhere is an understatement. the nearest town is a solid 40-minute drive away. it is nothing but open snowy
fields like this. these guys are in the middle of nowhere. the group sees the unoccupied federal refuge saturday, protesting against prison time for two ranchers convicted of arson for lighting fires on acres of public land. >> i'm going to jail for five years for 127. it seems leek a bit of an overkill. >> mr. hammond. >> reporter: the pair surrendered at a california prison late today, distancing themselves from the standoff in oregon. in the small town of burns, the nearest populated area, schools are closed all week. residents growing weary. police have turned the high school into a makeshift command center. >> it's totally disrupted our community. our kids can't go to school. all of our federal and county and city businesses are all closed down. it's been a real hardship for a lot of us. >> the way they're handling this is not the right way. they've threatened people in this community. they've stalked people in this
community. they would deny it to your face, but that's a blatant lie. >> reporter: tonight public support wavering as the militia is skewered online. the hashtags y'allqaeda and vanilla isis picking up steam throughout the day. some complaining that the lack of law enforcement presence is a sign of a double standard. >> look, the fbi, they know what's going on. they know that you have these largely white militias and they're carrying heavy artillery. you cannot convince me that federal law enforcement would react the exact same way if you were dealing with some folks who were black lives matter activists. >> reporter: but the militiamen say their fight goes across color lines. >> god intended that his children be free, regardless of race, color, or creed. and i will stand with any man who will stand for freedom. >> reporter: the fbi saying only that they're investigating the actions of the militia. tonight the sheriff going a step further and urging them to go
home. >> it's time for you to leave our community, go home to your families, and end this peacefully. >> reporter: authorities say the few dozen holed up here mainly come from out of state and now have a name. citizens for constitutional freedom. >> this is the sanctuary they've taken over. you can see their guard tower in the distance over there. and here you really don't see a lot of presence at all. and they have gasoline actually. fuel pumps for their vehicles. >> reporter: inside, bunks the militia members sleep on, a woman preparing meals. ranchers pleading for others to join their cause. >> we need you to get here and stand with us. whether you're armed or unarmed, you get up here. >> reporter: one of the leaders is lavoy finicum, who traveled here from arizona. he also says he's willing to do what it takes to get the federal government to ease laws that he feels are too restrictive on ranchers. >> you love your wife, you love your kids, you give them a hug,
and if i see them on the flip side i see them on the flip side. >> reporter: lavoy comes from a long line of ranchers. >> this is happening throughout the west. i've met with ranchers in utah. they're getting pressed and pushed from every side. >> reporter: police have been largely absent in this standoff. but lavoy has been in this spot before. joining rancher cliven bundy in that 2014 face-off with federal agents over cattle grazing rights. >> get back! get back now! >> reporter: for 20 years rancher cliven bundy refused to pay rent to herd his cattle on government land, resulting in $1.1 million in grazing fees. >> so i have no contract with the united states government. >> back up! >> reporter: federal agents armed with tasers and dogs evicted his cows, seizing hundreds. anti-government groups and armed militia members joining the fight. the confrontation turning rough. >> i just saw federal agents
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on miss philippines. who was suddenly no longer first runner-up. >> we saw your face. it was literally utter shock. >> i was very excited because i was announced the winner. >> reporter: the coronation mix-up inspired countless memes, with harvey even poking fun at himself on christmas posting "merry easter, y'all." >> some people are now saying oh, steve harvey must have done this on purpose to get publicity. >> not at all. with the way he was so apologetic afterwards. >> he was mortified. >> oh, yeah. yeah. he was -- he corrected it right away, though. like i applaud him for that. >> reporter: miss colombia said she not only felt humiliated but she felt it was i agrave injustice. >> if the situation was switched, then maybe i would have felt the same way. so it's okay. i understand where she's coming from. >> reporter: despite miss colombia's suggestion, pia says she doesn't think sharing the crown makes sense.
>> it would be very difficult for two girls to share the crown because it's not just a crown but a responsibility and the job of miss universe. >> reporter: and she's anxious to get to work, promoting her causes, like cyber bullying that comes along with nearly every viral event these days. >> when people say nasty things and they tweet nasty things back at you, do you just ignore it? >> whenever i see things like that i just brush it off. the only comments that matter to me are from the people that matter. >> what do you want to do after your reign is over? >> well, i really can't imagine myself doing anything outside showbiz. >> reporter: pia makes being glamorous look easy. but she says it took years of intensive training. >> it's like an s. you try to imagine an s. >> what's the most difficult part of training for a pageant for you? >> i'm a culinary graduate. and i admit i'm a foodie. i love to cook and to eat. to me the hardest part was to really find that discipline on eating healthy. >> reporter: but she says it was
a small sacrifice for the chance to represent her country. >> we take it very seriously. to us miss universe is that one crown that we can't get and finally after 42 years i got it. like sometimes i can't believe that. really? i was the one that did it. >> reporter: for "nightline" i'm juju cheng in new york. >> quite a tale. our thanks to juju for that report and our thanks to you for watching abc news tonight. tune in first thing in the morning. and we're on 24/7 at our "nightline" facebook pa page @abcnews.com. thanks again for watching.
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