A photo of Bill Clinton kissing a woman at his wife’s political rally has gone viral, leading to some jokes about Bill’s reputation as a ladies’ man and potentially causing a headache for Hillary’s campaign.
The picture came from a rally this week, showing the former president leaning in to plant a kiss on a woman. While it’s not unusual for politicians to give a peck to supporters, this was quite a bit more passionate — or at least it looked that way.
The Bill Clinton kiss picture went viral after being shared on Reddit, and then made the rounds on Twitter and Facebook. Many people commented about the apparently creepy nature of the kiss and Bill’s possible roving left hand.
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“Yuck,” one commenter wrote, via Radar Online. “Where’s Bill’s left hand? What’s with the woman clasping Bill’s neck?”
Another added, “Boy, he never stops does he, young or old.”
Though the Bill Clinton kiss picture may not be a major story outside of social media, it could hint at a major line of attack for Hillary Clinton’s opponent in November. Presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump has already brought up Bill Clinton’s past scandals, including inappropriate relationships and allegations of sexual assault dating back decades.
In one of his first lines of attack against Hillary Clinton since wrapping up the Republican race, Donald Trump decided to turn back the clock and revive the number of allegations made against Bill Clinton.
Both Bill and Hillary Clinton were embroiled in a number of scandals during Bill’s two terms in the White House, and Bill faced allegations dating back decades before that he carried on affairs and even forced himself on women.
But some insiders say it’s not a winning strategy to bring those up given that Bill Clinton came out on top during every scandal.
“The Clinton White House turned the attacks back against the attackers by constantly and consistently making the point that while the Republicans were focused on personal attacks for partisan gain, the president was focused on the American people,” Democratic strategist Chris Lehane, who worked with the Clinton administration to control these scandals, told the Washington Post.
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Some of the attacks have already backfired. After Trump hinted at the death of Vince Foster — a Clinton ally whose death, ruled a suicide, has long been the subject of speculation from conspiracy theorists who believe the Clintons may have actually been responsible — he came under attack from Foster’s sister, who called his line of attack “irresponsible” and “cruel.”
“It is beyond contempt that a politician would use a family tragedy to further his candidacy, but such is the character of Donald Trump displayed in his recent comments to The Washington Post. In this interview, Trump cynically, crassly and recklessly insinuated that my brother, Vincent W. Foster Jr., may have been murdered because ‘he had intimate knowledge of what was going on’ and that Hillary Clinton may have somehow played a role in Vince’s death.”
Bill Clinton has hit back at Trump as well. At an appearance in New Jersey this week, Clinton highlighted the difference between Trump and his wife, the former Secretary of State.
NJ.com noted Clinton’s line of attack, which did not include mentioning Donald Trump by name.
“Those favoring ‘an economy and society that existed in some distant past and only for a few Americans?’ Clinton asked. ‘Vote for a different candidate.’
“‘If you think we’re stronger when we put each other down, and insult each other?’ asked Clinton. ‘She is not your candidate.'”
But even as he defends his wife from Trump’s attacks, Bill Clinton may have caused some embarrassment of his own with the picture showing him kissing a female fan.
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