WASHINGTON – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign is ready to attack his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, using the infidelities of her husband, former President Bill Clinton, according to lists of talking points prepared for the mogul’s surrogates and obtained by CNN.
In the documents, the idea is developed that Trump “has never treated women the way Hillary Clinton and her husband did when they actively worked to destroy Bill Clinton’s accusers.”
The Democratic campaign did not delay in reacting and on Thursday said in a statement that “as many Republicans have warned, this is a mistake that is going to backfire.”
“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 spokesman Brian Fallon said on Thursday in a statement.
The mogul admitted on Tuesday in an interview with the Fox cable network that during Monday’s debate he was on the verge of attacking Clinton with her husband’s scandal, but he said “I really eased up because I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.”
He said he decided not to bring up former President Clinton’s infidelities because their daughter Chelsea was in the audience, and he added that he thought he did the right thing.
What almost motivated Trump to air the Clintons’ dirty laundry yet again was the former secretary of state’s criticism of him for his insults of women, which she highlighted by noting his offensive remarks concerning former Venezuelan Miss Universe Alicia Machado, now a U.S. citizen, who won the 1996 pageant, which the magnate directed at the time.
Trump’s son Eric on Wednesday said on Sean Hannity’s radio show that Bill Clinton had been possibly the worst sexist ever, according to Buzzfeed.
“It’s amazing when you hear her talk about sexism and these various claims, which are ridiculous, aside from obviously Bill, her husband, being maybe the worst that’s ever lived,” the younger Trump said.
It remains to be seen whether Trump, under pressure because it is widely considered – and recent voter surveys show – that he lost the first debate and Clinton has gained several points, resorts to using the former president’s romantic escapades to attack his rival.
For the moment, though, Trump has simply issued a warning that he might “hit her harder” in the next presidential debate, scheduled for Oct. 9.