Hillary Clinton slammed Donald Trump for the rape accusation he made on her husband, former President Bill Clinton. Trump made the rape charge Wednesday in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox, according to UPI.
Trump, a Clinton spokesman says, is just doing what he does best, “attacking when he is wounded.”
Bill Clinton’s past with women was sure to be a weak spot in Hillary’s political armor.
Kathleen Wiley was a White House volunteer aide in the 1990s. In 1993, Wiley said the then-president groped her in the White House. The higher-profile Paula Jones sexual harassment case happened two years before.
But the alleged incident that brought on Trump’s comment and led to Hillary Clinton’s slam took place even earlier. Juanita Broaddrick worked on Bill Clinton’s 1978 campaign for Arkansas governor. Broaddrick claimed rape, too, in multiple publications including the Daily Mail.
— Reagan Lieutenant (@ReganLieutenant) May 19, 2016
Trump’s shot at both of the Clintons, using Bill’s past as ammo, wasn’t his first. Trump has called Hillary an “enabler” for her supposed role in her husband’s activities. He’s also called Bill Clinton “the worst abuser of women in the history of politics.”
Despite Trump presenting a big target himself, the former president isn’t saying anything.
“No,” Bill Clinton said to a reporter asking for comment on Trump’s many tweet attacks. “I think people are smart enough to figure this out without my help.”
Hillary Clinton slamming Trump won’t make Bill’s past less of a problem for her, though. Trump brought up the Juanita Broaddrick issue in response to a New York Times story on him. The article dealt partly with his own sometimes unwelcome romantic advances on women. Trump told Hannity that the article was a “con job.” He downplayed the unflattering story in the Times by comparing it to Bill Clinton’s well-documented messes.
“You look at what Clinton’s gone through,” Trump told Hannity, “with all of the problems and all of the things that he’s done.”
“In one case, it’s about exposure,” said Hannity. “In another case, it’s about groping and fondling and touching against a woman’s will.”
“And rape,” said Trump.
Trump took a recent crack at Hillary Clinton, slamming her in an interview May 6, according to CNN. He said Hillary helped ruin Bill’s alleged victim’s lives, calling her “an unbelievably nasty, mean enabler.”
Paula Jones settled her suit against Bill Clinton in 1998. Juanita Broaddrick stands behind her rape allegation, though.
“The NY times should do equal time investigating Hilary’s (sic) enabling of Bill Clinton’s sexual assaults on women,” she tweeted.
Trump also touched on the extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky, and the U.S. House’s impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton. The Senate acquitted Clinton of lying under oath, and spared him the impeachment.
— Patrick Henrys Ghost (@Pissed_Pat) May 19, 2016
Trump’s May 6 rally in Eugene, Oregon, kicked off a preemptive strike against Hillary Clinton’s slams against him.
“So what they’re doing is $90 million of ads on Donald Trump and it has to do a lot with the women’s issue,” Trump said. “But I’m saying to myself, nobody in this country and maybe in the history of this country politically was worse than Bill Clinton with women.”
Hillary Clinton is trying to put some distance between herself and the mudslinging, though, with limited success. On one hand, Clinton says Trump can do what he wants.
“I am going to let him run his campaign however he chooses,” said Clinton. “I have nothing to say about him and how he is running his campaign.”
Then, through campaign spokesman Nick Merrill, Hillary Clinton slams Trump’s campaigning. Trump, he said, is “dragging the American people through the mud for his own gain.”
“If that’s the kind of campaign he wants to run,” Merrill added, echoing his boss, “that’s his choice.”
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