Trump Allies Keen To Discuss Bill Clinton Infidelities Despite Debate ‘Restraint’

Donald Trump patted himself on the back for refraining from discussing Bill Clinton’s sex scandals at the first presidential debate on Monday, but his surrogates have taken every opportunity to bring them up in the days since.

The campaign seems intent on using the issue to deflect attention from Trump’s attacks on the weight and appearance of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, which Hillary Clinton brought up at the tail end of the debate. Clinton also released a video touting an endorsement from Machado in which the former beauty queen recounts how Trump called her “Miss Housekeeping” and “Miss Piggy.”

In an interview on “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday morning, Trump’s deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, said that “clearly Mr. Trump held his tongue” after Clinton mentioned his pattern of making derogatory comments about women during the debate. Calling Clinton an “enabler” of her husband’s affairs, Bossie said she deserves scrutiny for “really attacking these women” in the 1990s.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R), a Trump supporter, spent the entirety of a Wednesday interview on MSNBC refusing to respond to questions about the Machado dustup and instead criticizing the Democratic nominee’s “treatment of women.”

Given that polls show Clinton with a consistent lead among women and that women take issue with Trump’s past negative remarks about them, host Craig Melvin asked Rutledge for proof to back up her claim that female voters thought Clinton was “not a good role model.” Rutledge said she would be “happy to provide the information” later on.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who is currently on his third marriage, spearheaded this line of attack on Tuesday, saying Trump should have spoken about what Clinton “did to Monica Lewinsky” during the debate.

According to Giuliani, Clinton’s decision to stand by her husband rendered her “too stupid to be president.”

Dear Reader,

When we asked recently what makes TPM different from other outlets, readers cited factors like honesty, curiosity, transparency, and our vibrant community. They also pointed to our ability to report on important stories and trends long before they are picked up by mainstream outlets; our ability to contextualize information within the arc of history; and our focus on the real-world consequences of the news.

Our unique approach to reporting and presenting the news, however, wouldn’t be possible without our readers’ support. That’s not just marketing speak, it’s true: our work would literally not be possible without readers deciding to become members. Not only does member support account for more than 80% of TPM’s revenue, our members have helped us build an engaged and informed community. Many of our best stories were born from reader tips and valuable member feedback.

We do what other news outlets can’t or won’t do because our members’ support gives us real independence.

If you enjoy reading TPM and value what we do, become a member today.

Latest Livewire
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Associate Editor:
Investigations Desk:
Director of Audience:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front End Developer:
Senior Designer: