Donald Trump may have out-Trumped his own reputation for politically incorrect, tough talk when he called out former President Bill Clinton Wednesday night during an hour-long interview with Sean Hannity.
His charge against his likely Democrat opponent’s husband? Rape.
The Hannity interview came on the heels of a weekend New York Times story on Trump’s treatment of women titled “Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private.”
According to the Times, “more than 50 interviews were conducted over the course of six weeks, … [with] dozens of women who had worked with or for Mr. Trump over the past four decades, in the worlds of real estate, modeling and pageants; women who had dated him or interacted with him socially; and women and men who had closely observed his conduct since his adolescence.”
Trump addressed the Times story with Hannity by noting Bill Clinton’s own alleged crimes against women.
“For example, I looked at the New York Times. Are they going to interview Juanita Broaddrick? Are they going to interview Paula Jones? Are they going to interview Kathleen Willey?” Hannity asked Trump.
“In one case, it’s about exposure. In another case, it’s about groping and fondling and touching against a woman’s will.”
And Trump interjected, “And rape.”
“And rape,” Hannity repeated.
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Trump then cited the “big settlements, massive settlements” reached by Bill Clinton with various women who leveled accusations of sexual assault or worse.
“And lots of other things. And impeachment for lying.”
Trump continued, “You know, he lost his law license, OK? He couldn’t practice law. And you don’t read about this on Clinton.”
Jones charged that Bill Clinton exposed himself at a Little Rock, Arkansas, hotel in 1991 and Willey has accused Clinton of groping her in 1993. Broaddrick, identified as Jane Doe No. 5 during the Paula Jones trial, claimed in 1999 that Clinton had sexually assaulted and raped her in 1978.
It only took days for the Times story’s claims of “unwelcome romantic advances, unending commentary on the female form, a shrewd reliance on ambitious women, and unsettling workplace conduct” to begin to unravel.
Former Trump girlfriend, Brewer Lane, blasted the Times this week for “putting a negative connotation” on her words.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” lane said, “It was very upsetting. I was not happy to read it at all.”
“The New York Times told us several times that they would make sure that my story that I was telling came across. They promised several times that they would do it accurately. They told me several times and my manager several times that it would not be a hit piece and that my story would come across the way that I was telling it and honestly, and it absolutely was not.
“They spun it to where it appeared negative. I did not have a negative experience with Donald Trump, and I don’t appreciate them making it look like that I was saying that it was a negative experience because it was not,” Lane said.
Lane’s repudiation of the Times was echoed by Carrie Prejean, former Miss California USA and Miss USA 2009 first runner-up, who accused of lying and taking her quotes out of context.
Prejean told Sean Hannity she was approached by reporters in March for an interview, but she refused.
“I told them, ‘I’m not going to be doing an interview at this time.’ And I said, ‘and by the way, I have nothing bad to say about him so go get it from someone else.'”
The reporters used a “behind-the-scenes” anecdote from Prejean’s book, “Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks” about the Trump-owned Miss USA pageant in an attempt to describe Trump humiliating women.
Prejean said it was taken out of context.
“They took a little tiny thing from my book and they twisted it,” Prejean said. “And if they would have actually read on, I talk very highly of Mr. Trump. I don’t say anything negative about him.”
Prejean she added she never knew Trump to degrade women and he “gives women amazing opportunities.”
“I wish that they would use the same amount of energy to interview the hundreds of women that Bill Clinton has probably spoken bad words about and the many women that he has assaulted,” Juanita Broaddrick told Breitbart News. “I think a person’s own actions and what they do to women speaks much louder than a person’s hearsay and words.”
“He has absolutely no morals when it comes to women.”
She noted that no reporters from the Times have ever contacted her.
In response to Hannity’s question as to whether Trump would consider suing the New York Times, Trump said, “Well, they’re talking to us right now, so we’ll see what happens. Look, they (the New York Times) got caught in a very bad situation.”
Trump continued: “I’m in a pretty tough business, real estate. I meet some tough people, but I have never seen lies and deception like I see in — not only with the people and not only with the politicians, but when you’re in politics, it is a deceiving, it’s really a pretty rough profession. … Worse than anything else is the political press.”
The popular Drudge Report splashed a headline with the R-word hours before the televised interview.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) also weighed in Tuesday on Bill Clinton’s history of reputed assaults on women, telling Breitbart News most U.S. companies would not risk hiring the former president, given the charges leveled by Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey and others.
“I think most company policies in most American corporations wouldn’t even hire someone like Bill Clinton because of his threat to the young people in the workplace,” Paul said in a phone interview. “As CEO in any company in America, his behavior with an intern would be so unacceptable that he’s really not someone that any company in America would hire.”
Arguing women’s allegations of rape and sexual assault should be believed, Paul called Bill’s behavior an issue in Hillary’s campaign for president.
“I think it is important,” Paul said. “Probably one of the most poignant questions that was addressed to Hillary Clinton was, ‘Hillary Clinton: When a woman says that she has been raped, or a woman says that she has been taken advantage of, should we believe her?’ The question that was asked of her was ‘Should we believe women when they report that someone has harassed her?’ That’s what Hillary Clinton said, is you should, and a person in the audience said ‘well, what about Bill?’ And she refused to answer the question, and I think that’s unacceptable. There’s been a lot of accusations. Should we believe the accuser, or should we take Bill Clinton’s word for it?”
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