Don­ald Trump in­vokes Monica Lewin­sky to de­fend at­tacks on Bill Clin­ton

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - BY VERON­ICA STRACQUALURSI

Don­ald Trump on Tues­day clar­i­fied his Mon­day tweet that Bill Clin­ton had a “ter­ri­ble record of women abuse.”

“Well, if you look at the dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions; of course, we can name many of them. I can get you a list and I’ll have it sent to your of­fice in two sec­onds,” Trump said this morn­ing via tele­phone on the “To­day” show.

“But there were cer­tainly a lot of abuse of women, and you look at whether it’s Monica Lewin­sky or Paula Jones or many of them.”

In men­tion­ing Lewin­sky, the for­mer White House in­tern with whom Clin­ton had an af­fair, and Paula Jones, a for­mer Arkansas state em­ployee who filed a sex­ual ha­rass­ment law­suit against Clin­ton dur­ing his pres­i­dency, Trump was re­fer­ring to ghosts of Clin­ton’s past as the for­mer pres­i­dent pre­pares to hit the cam­paign trail next week.

Trump had teased both Clin­tons on Twit­ter early Mon­day: “If Hil­lary thinks she can un­leash her hus­band, with his ter­ri­ble record of women abuse, while play­ing the women’s card on me, she’s wrong!”

Re­spond­ing Mon­day to Trump’s ini­tial at­tacks on Bill Clin­ton, Clin­ton spokesman Christina Reynolds, said, “Though Don­ald Trump has pushed around nearly all of his fel­low Repub­li­cans, Hil­lary Clin­ton won’t be bul­lied or dis­tracted by at­tacks he throws at her and for­mer Pres­i­dent Clin­ton. But when his in­sults are di­rected at women, im­mi­grants, Asian-Amer­i­cans, Mus­lims, the dis­abled, or hard work­ing Amer­i­cans look­ing to raise their wages – Hil­lary Clin­ton will stand up to him, as she has from the be­gin­ning.”

Trump was also asked Tues­day morn­ing whether he had a change of heart from a 2008 CNN in­ter­view in which he called Clin­ton’s im­peach­ment “non­sense” and sug­gested his af­fair with Lewin­sky was “to­tally unim­por­tant.”

“I’m dubbed as a world class businessman, which frankly that’s what I am, and I got along with ev­ery­body,” Trump said. “I got along with the Clin­tons.”

Mean­while, Trump’s daugh­ter Ivanka is com­ing to her fa­ther’s de­fense about his at­ti­tude to­ward women.

“You could also list a few com­ments he’s made about men that are un­flat­ter­ing. I think he’s highly gen­der-neu­tral,” Ivanka Trump told Town & Coun­try Mag­a­zine. “If he doesn’t like some­one, he’ll ar­tic­u­late that, and I think it’s also part of what res­onates about him.”

Bill Clin­ton will hold his first solo pub­lic event on be­half of his wife in New Hamp­shire next Mon­day.

Don­ald Trump blasts Bill Clin­ton.

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