The two biggest front-runners in the 2016 presidential election are arguably Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, so it’s no surprise that there’s an increasingly bitter exchange of insults happening between the two candidates. After Hillary Clinton accused Trump of maintaining a “a penchant for sexism” in a December interview, Trump has retaliated with an equally harsh accusation.
According to Time, Donald Trump just uploaded a video to his Instagram account that links Hillary Clinton to a multitude of sex scandals. Trump captioned the video, “Hillary and her friends!” and featured a series of photos showing Hillary Clinton looking friendly with a number of men who had their reputations utterly ruined by scandal.
Hillary Clinton’s husband Bill Clinton is shown first next to former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, with whom he notoriously had an affair. Then Hillary Clinton is shown next to Anthony Weiner, who was exposed for trading explicit images and messages with people over the internet. Finally, Hillary Clinton is shown smiling next to Bill Cosby, who was most recently accused by over 50 women of sexual assault.
Trump is essentially accusing Hillary Clinton of hypocrisy by playing audio from a speech she gave about the importance of women’s rights; meanwhile, she is shown to be well-acquainted with men who have notoriously violated women’s rights.
“Women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights once and for all,” Hillary Clinton says in the video. “Let’s keep fighting for opportunity to dignity.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has resorted to bringing up Bill Clinton’s sexual misbehavior in order to bring down his wife’s reputation. While Hillary Clinton considers herself a champion for women’s rights, Trump continues to remind the world that her husband “has a terrible record of women’s abuse.”
As USA Today points out, Hillary’s apparent friendship with Bill Cosby may not be a fair link to sexual scandal, because the photo of the two of them is obviously many years old. At the time it was taken, virtually nobody in the country had any idea of Bill Cosby’s alleged sex crimes. While there were some grumblings about the comedian’s suspected misconduct, the issue was brought to mainstream focus when another comedian named Hannibal Buress publicly accused Cosby of “raping women.” A clip of Buress’ statements on stage went viral and prompted a multitude of Cosby’s alleged victims to come forward with accusations.
As for Hillary Clinton’s connection to Anthony Weiner, the video only provides an image of the former secretary of state standing near Weiner, with no indication of any close friendship. However, Anthony Weiner is married to Huma Abedin, who has been an aide to Hillary Clinton for many years and served as deputy chief of staff while Clinton worked in the State Department.
Clearly, Donald Trump has no interest in discussing the sex scandals with discretion and sensitivity, having said in the past that Bill Clinton’s scandal is “fair game” as attack fuel against the Democratic front-runner. Just this week, Donald Trump said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that he would not stop linking Hillary Clinton to sex scandals and the sullied reputation of her husband as long as she keeps calling him sexist.
However, Hillary Clinton isn’t the only one who has accused Donald Trump of bigotry.
What do you think? Is it fair to connect Hillary Clinton to the sex scandals of Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, and Bill Cosby? Or is Trump resorting to dirty tactics?
(Photos by Andrew Burton/Getty Images and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office)