Donald Trump took the gloves off 90 minutes before Sunday night’s debate against Hillary Clinton, holding a meeting with four ghosts from Bill Clinton’s sexual past – and letting a handful of unsympathetic reporters in to hear them speak.
From Daily Mail
Donald Trump hosted a brief photo-op with three women – Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey and Paula Jones, who have accused Bill Clinton of sexually abusing, harassing and raping them
A fourth woman, Kathy Shelton, said Hillary Clinton blamed her when she was a 12-year-old victim and the future first lady represented her rapist
The move came as a counterpunch from Trump just two days after audio surfaced of him talking about sexual abuse of women in vulgar terms
‘Mr. Trump may have said some bad words, but Bill Clinton raped me,’ Broaddrick said, ‘and Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don’t think there’s any comparison’
Reporters in the photo-op ignored the women’s stories and instead pressed Trump about whether he ever touched women without consent
Paula Jones turned it back on them: ‘Why don’t y’all go ask Bill Clinton that?’ she exclaimed. ‘Go ahead, ask Hillary as well!’
The four accusers took prime seats in the audience of the debate
Trump introduced his coalition of the willing – Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathy Shelton and Paula Jones – in St. Louis as a press pool snapped shutters and reporters shouted questions about a new audio recording of Trump saying vulgar things about women 11 years ago.
Broaddrick, an Arkansas nursing home administrator who has accused Bill Clinton of forcibly raping her when he was the state’s attorney general, said that ‘actions speak louder than words.’
‘Mr. Trump may have said some bad words, but Bill Clinton raped me. And Hillary Clinton threatened me. I don’t think there’s any comparison.’
Shelton was raped at age 12 by a man whom Hillary Clinton defended in court. She has blamed the current Democratic presidential nominee for casting her as an unbalanced, untrustworthy child prone to sexual fantasies, and plea-bargaining her client down to a misdemeanor.
‘At 12 years old Hillary put me through something that you would never put a 12-year-old through,’ Shelton said.
‘And she says she’s for women and children. And she was asked last year what happened, and she said she’s supposed to defend [clients] whether they did it or not. Now she’s laughing on tape, saying she –’
Shelton, overcome with emotion, stopped speaking.
‘You went through a lot,’ Trump said.
‘Yes sir, I did,’ she answered.
Shelton joined Twitter on Saturday, and immediately started firing off messages targeting the Clintons.
‘I may be Hillary Clinton’s 1st female victim. She ruined my life; defended my rapist & blamed me. I was 12 yrs old. Then she laughed at me,’ one message read.
‘I don’t care if Trump said gross things. I care that Hillary Clinton lied, terrorized, & mocked me, defending my rapist,’ she added.
Jones, who won an $800,000 lawsuit settlement after accusing Bill Clinton of sexual harassment, said she supported Trump: ‘I think everybody else should vote for him … he’s a good person. He’s not what other people have been saying he’s being, like Hillary.’
And Willey, who pointed fingers at Bill Clinton for allegedly groping her in a room near the Oval Office, was also present as a Trump cheerleader.
‘The first day that he announced for president, he said I love this country and I want America to be great again,’ she said of the Republican candidate.
‘And I cried when he said that. Because I think that this is the greatest country in the world. I think that we can do anything. I think we can accomplish anything. I think we can bring peace to this world, and I think Donald Trump can lead us to that point.’
Reporters in the room listened patiently to the indictment of the Clintons – and then peppered Trump with questions about his own predicament.
‘Does your star power allow you to touch women without their consent?’ demanded a Wall Street Journal writer.
‘Did you touch the women without their consent?’ asked the Associated Press.
‘Why did you say you touched women without their consent, Mr. Trump?’ asked a CBS News journalist.
At that Paula Jones exploded.
‘Why don’t y’all go ask Bill Clinton that?’ she exclaimed.
‘Go ahead, ask Hillary as well!’
Video of the brief press event includes the sound of laughing and applause after Jones’ outburst, believed to have come from Trump’s staff.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign responded to the publicity stunt with a dismissive statement.
‘We’re not surprised to see Donald Trump continue his destructive race to the bottom,’ her communications director Jennifer Palmieri said.
‘Hillary Clinton understands the opportunity in this town hall is to talk to voters on stage and in the audience about the issues that matter to them, and this stunt doesn’t change that. If Donald Trump doesn’t see that, that’s his loss.’
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