During an interview Wednesday with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Donald Trump was being questioned about his past relationships with women when he turned the spotlight to Bill Clinton’s past sexual misconduct.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee was answering questions about a critical story recently published by The New York Times regarding his temperament toward women when he said, “By the way, you know, it’s not like the worst things, OK. You look at what Clinton’s gone through with all of the problems and all of the things that he’s done.”
Hannity insinuated that the newspaper was biased and questioned whether they would interview Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey. All have accused 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.
Nick Merrill, Hillary Clinton’s campaign spokesman, 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.”
Bill Clinton has been consistently bombarded with allegations of womanizing, extramarital affairs and abuse throughout his political life. In one case, he agreed to an $850,000 settlement with Jones, an Arkansas state worker, as long as he didn’t have to publicly apologize or admit guilt.
Donald Trump plans on using Bill Clinton’s sexual past as a key campaign issue and has been describing him as “the worst abuser of women in the history of politics” and labeling his wife an “enabler.”