Donald Trump turned the tables on NBC News’ Savannah Guthrie when she tried to frame Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky as an “alleged” incident.
The “Today” show had the Republican presidential front-runner on live Tuesday to discuss his decision to highlight the sordid past of Hillary Clinton’s husband. It wasn’t long before Guthrie was on the defensive.
“You mention Monica Lewinsky,” Guthrie asked. “Are you saying an alleged extra-marital affair, that of course he has now admitted, is that fair game?”
“Is it alleged? I don’t think that’s alleged,” Trump responded.
“No, he’s admitted it, he’s admitted it,” said Guthrie.
“If he’s admitted it, you don’t have to use the word alleged,” said Trump.
“Right, exactly,” the NBC host conceded.
Trump has been under fire since last week by Clinton’s supporters for saying her 2008 campaign was “schlonged” by President Obama.
“She was going to beat Obama. I don’t know who would be worse, I don’t know, how could it be worse? But she was going to beat – she was favored to win – and she got schlonged, she lost, I mean she lost,” the billionaire said Dec. 21 at an event in Grand Rapids, Michigan, WND reported.
See Donald Trump’s exchange with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie:
Trump told Guthrie that attempts by the former secretary of state to portray him as a sexist will be countered by discussions on her husband’s treatment of women.
“You look at whether it’s Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones or many of them – that certainly will be fair game. Certainly, if they play the woman’s card with respect to me, that will be fair game.”
Some of the sexual stories and allegations Trump may bring up, besides Bill Clinton’s affair with his former intern, include:
- Eileen Wellstone’s claim that Clinton raped her in 1969. The two allegedly met at an Oxford pub.
- Juanita Broaddrick’s claim Clinton raped her April 25, 1978.
- Gennifer Flowers’ claim that she was Clinton’s mistress for 12 years.
- Kathleen Willey, a former White House aide, claimed Clinton sexually assaulted her Nov. 29, 1993.
- Paula Jones sued Clinton for sexual harassment in 1994. The lawsuit was dropped in 1998 after an $850,000 out-of-court settlement was reached.
The Democrat front-runner is likely to face increased scrutiny of her husband’s behavior toward women whether her campaign backs off Trump or not. Clinton was already cornered at a New Hampshire campaign event Dec. 3 and asked if women who accused her husband of sexual assault should be believed.
“You recently came out to say that all rape victims should be believed, but would you say that about Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones? Should we believe them as well?” an audience member asked, WND reported.
“Well, I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence,” Clinton replied.
The former secretary of state had previously tweeted Nov. 22, “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed, and supported.”