Before, during and after the United States’ first presidential campaign this week, Republican Candidate Donald Trump repeatedly said he was proud of his ability to hold back from making “extremely rough” comments about Democrat Hillary Clinton’s family — specifically her husband.
Bill Clinton was president from 1993 to 2001. Before that, he was Governor of Arkansas from 1971 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992. Throughout that time and even before, Clinton faced sexual assault accusations as well as a White House scandal with intern Monica Lewinsky.
Now, Hillary Clinton is vying for the White House, carrying that history along with her, but Trump appears to be focusing on that history more and more.
“An impeachment for lying,” Trump reportedly said this week at a New Hampshire rally in relation to the Monica Lewinsky scandal. “Remember that? Impeach.”
Trump isn’t the only one bringing up old stories, however. Clinton tweeted in November that victims of sexual assault deserved to be believed, and then someone asked her a question at a rally regarding whether such a claim applied to her husband’s situation. She said that it did until evidence showed otherwise.
Clinton has also begun running attack ads discussing Trump’s mistreatment of women throughout the years, specifically with regards to beauty pageants.
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“After his disastrous debate performance and his sexist attack on a former Miss Universe over her weight, Donald Trump is now trying to deflect by going after Hillary Clinton about her marriage,” Clinton Campaign Spokesman Brian Fallon said.
“While Trump and lieutenants like Roger Stone and David Bossie may want to dredge up failed attacks from the 1990s, as many Republicans have warned, this is a mistake that is going to backfire. He can try to distract from his demeaning comments against women, but if Donald Trump thinks these attacks against Hillary Clinton are going to throw her off her game and what matters to move this country forward, he is wrong.”
Trump hinted that he might go into detail about the comments he withheld this week at the next debate.