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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used the word “rape” Wednesday evening to describe alleged sexual misconduct by former President Bill Clinton.
Trump made the comment during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity. The real estate mogul was answering questions about an unflattering story published this past weekend by The New York Times involving his relationships with women when he turned his attention to Bill Clinton.
“By the way, you know, it’s not like the worst things, OK,” Trump said. “You look at what Clinton’s gone through with all of the problems and all of the things that he’s done.”
Hannity went on to question whether the newspaper would interview women including Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey. All three have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct.
“In one case, it’s about exposure. In another case, it’s about groping and fondling and touching against a woman’s will,” Hannity said.
“And rape,” Trump responded.
“And rape,” Hannity repeated.
Close, but no cigar.
But Donald Trump certainly parroted years of rumors, innuendos, accusations and charges leveled against Bill Clinton for alleged sexual misconduct.
And why wouldn’t he, after the New York Times petty hit piece this week accusing him of mistreatment of women, obviously at the behest of the Clinton machine?
Better question, though:
How do the Clintons respond to the voluminous charges and allegations that have been leveled, and will now be exhumed, against Bill Clinton, all the way from the ivied walls of Oxford to the White House and beyond for more than four decades?
Why, this is how:
In response, Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said Trump was “doing what he does best, attacking when he feels wounded and dragging the American people through the mud for his own gain. If that’s the kind of campaign he wants to run that’s his choice.”
Oh, Good; then it’s settled.
Or perhaps not.
This is a dogfight the Clintons cannot steer clear of and yet cannot respond to with any degree of credibility.
While still a sitting president, Clinton paid Paula Jones, a former Arkansas civil servant, $850,000 to make her sexual harassment lawsuit go away. He was disbarred for lying to a grand jury about his sexual involvement with then-24-year-old Monica Lewinsky during the Jones suit.
“Drag $850 k through a trailer park, and you never know what you’ll find,” to paraphrase one Clinton hatchet man.
And way back in his Rhodes Scholar days Clinton is alleged to have raped 19-year-old Brit Eileen Wellstone after meeting her at a pub.
Then we get to Juanita Broaddrick. You can read Ms. Broaddrick’s story here.
No, Trump didn’t call Clinton a rapist, but dozens of women have alleged that he has assaulted or attempted to assault them in varying degrees from groping, forced felicio, to, yes, rape.
True, many of them later recanted and others simply refused to speak further, but how many women do you know that make these kinds of allegations without a morsel of truth behind them?
Okay, some. But certainly not dozens over decades, and certainly not all directed at one man.
And Juanita Broaddrick has not withdrawn her allegations, neither has she written a book or accepted payment for telling her story. She merely says that Bill Clinton raped her and ruined her life. That’s her story and she is sticking to it, as recently as this week.
But even if Trump had outright said Clinton was a rapist, it might have been fair game …
If we are to accept Hillary Clinton’s final word on the matter…
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