Coun­ters Clinton on ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ism, misog­yny by dredg­ing up Bill’s old ‘bimbo erup­tions’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY S.A. MILLER

The Trump cam­paign is bring­ing up Mon­ica Lewin­sky and Gen­nifer Flow­ers to push back against crit­i­cism of Don­ald Trump’s treat­ment of women, as the bat­tle for fe­male vot­ers turns into a mud-sling­ing con­test.

Talk­ing points cir­cu­lated by the cam­paign in­structed Mr. Trump’s sur­ro­gates to men­tion women who ei­ther had af­fairs with Mr. Clinton or ac­cuse him of rape and un­wanted sex­ual ad­vances to counter Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Hil­lary Clinton’s ac­cu­sa­tions of sex­ism and misog­yny.

“Mr. Trump has never treated women the way Hil­lary Clinton and her hus­band did when they ac­tively worked to de­stroy Bill Clinton’s ac­cusers,” reads one of the talk­ing points, which were first re­ported by CNN.

“Are you blam­ing Hil­lary for Bill’s in­fi­deli­ties? No, how­ever, she’s been an ac­tive participant in try­ing to de­stroy the women who has come for­ward with a claim,” says another.

A third talk­ing point says Mrs. Clinton “bul­lied and smeared women like Paula Jones, Gen­nifer Flow­ers and Mon­ica Lewin­sky.”

The is­sue of wom­an­iz­ing is eter­nal with Mr. Clinton.

In his 1992 pres­i­den­tial race, deputy cam­paign chair­woman Bet­sey Wright coined the term “bimbo erup­tions” as some­thing the Clinton team had to con­front. As re­cently as this month, Colin L. Pow­ell’s hacked emails were re­leased, show­ing that in 2014 he offhand­edly as­sumed that Mr. Clinton was “still d---ing bim­bos at home.” Ms. Flow­ers re­vealed a 12-year af­fair with Mr. Clinton in 1992, and he even­tu­ally ad­mit­ted to a sex­ual en­counter with her af­ter years of de­nials.

In a radio in­ter­view last year, Ms. Flow­ers said Mr. Clinton’s af­fairs were le­git­i­mate cam­paign is­sues for his wife and that Mrs. Clinton is “an en­abler that has en­cour­aged [Mr. Clinton] to go out and do what­ever he does with women.”

“She al­ways got things on the back of her hus­band,” Ms. Flow­ers said on the Aaron Klein In­ves­tiga­tive Radio pro­gram. “I think it’s a joke that she would run on women’s is­sues.”

Ms. Jones was an Arkansas state em­ployee who ac­cused Mr. Clinton of sex­ual ha­rass­ment when he was gov­er­nor. She also has ac­cused Mrs. Clinton of be­ing com­plicit in her hus­band’s sex­ual mis­con­duct and pur­posely turned a blind eye to her ac­cu­sa­tions.

“She knows the truth would come out and it would de­stroy her po­lit­i­cal ca­reer,” Ms. Jones said this year in an in­ter­view with Bre­it­bart News.

Ms. Lewin­sky was a White House in­tern with whom Mr. Clinton had an Oval Of­fice af­fair. The pres­i­dent lied about it un­der oath and was im­peached as a re­sult.

Ms. Lewin­sky, who suf­fered some of the worst pub­lic hu­mil­i­a­tion of any of Mr. Clinton’s mis­tresses, avoided be­ing dragged back into the po­lit­i­cal fray when she de­liv­ered a speech Thurs­day at the Fi­nan­cial Times in Lon­don as part of her cam­paign against on­line abuse.

How­ever, she re­ferred to how the story of her af­fair with the pres­i­dent first broke on­line by the Drudge Re­port, call­ing it “a click that re­ver­ber­ated around the world.”

In a 2014 es­say in Van­ity Fair, Ms. Lewin­sky called her re­la­tion­ship with Mr. Clinton con­sen­sual and blamed the “abuse” she suf­fered on the Wash­ing­ton es­tab­lish­ment, in­clud­ing the Clinton ad­min­is­tra­tion, in which Mrs. Clinton was a key player.

“I was made a scape­goat in or­der to pro­tect his pow­er­ful po­si­tion,” she wrote. “The Clinton ad­min­is­tra­tion, the spe­cial pros­e­cu­tor’s min­ions, the po­lit­i­cal op­er­a­tives on both sides of the aisle, and the me­dia were able to brand me. And that brand stuck, in part be­cause it was im­bued with power.”

Kath­leen Dolan, a po­lit­i­cal science pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin-Mil­wau­kee who re­searches fe­male voter be­hav­ior, said Mr. Trump stands to gain lit­tle by bring up the adul­tery is­sue.

“I’m quite puz­zled by Trump’s will­ing­ness to go down the road of Bill Clinton’s in­fi­deli­ties be­cause it al­lows him to be seen again at­tack­ing a woman,” she said.

What’s more, the at­tacks could make Mrs. Clinton ap­pear to be vic­tim­ized again by hav­ing to re­live the hu­mil­i­a­tion of her hus­band’s be­hav­ior in the Oval Of­fice, said Ms. Dolan.

Mr. Trump, who is with a third wife, also in­vites at­ten­tion to his own mar­i­tal in­fi­deli­ties.

“He may want to try to put that con­ver­sa­tion on her as an illustration of her judg­ment. But I think he opens the door to so much more that blows back badly on him­self,” said Ms. Dolan. “I find all of his veiled at­tempts to raise that re­ally poor strat­egy.”

The for­mer pres­i­dent’s wom­an­iz­ing has al­ways been close at hand for Mr. Trump, who early on warned that he wasn’t afraid to use it against Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Trump was blind­sided in his de­bate Mon­day when Mrs. Clinton ac­cused him of call­ing 1996 Miss Uni­verse Ali­cia Machado “Miss Piggy” when she gained too much weight. All bets were off.

At­tack­ing Mr. Trump for his treat­ment of Ms. Machado when he owned the Miss Uni­verse pageant fol­lowed re­peated at­tacks for his treat­ment of women, in­clud­ing call­ing var­i­ous women dogs, pigs and slobs, usu­ally in spats with fel­low celebri­ties or in the con­text of re­al­ity TV.

But it was pow­er­ful am­mu­ni­tion for Mrs. Clinton, who has made her bid to make his­tory as the first fe­male Amer­i­can pres­i­dent a cen­ter­piece of her cam­paign. She is re­ly­ing on strong sup­port from women, who al­ready tend to vote Demo­crat.

Mrs. Clinton had a 9-point ad­van­tage among fe­male vot­ers in a Ras­mussen Re­ports na­tional sur­vey re­leased Thurs­day. Mr. Trump had an iden­ti­cal ad­van­tage among men in the poll, which was con­ducted af­ter the de­bate.

Over­all, the sur­vey showed the race in a sta­tis­ti­cal dead heat. Mrs. Clinton edged out Mr. Trump, 42 per­cent to 41 per­cent, a 1-point gap that is less than the poll’s er­ror mar­gin for a four-way matchup that in­cluded Lib­er­tar­ian nom­i­nee Gary John­son at 7 per­cent and Green Party nom­i­nee Jill Stein at 2 per­cent.

Af­ter the de­bate, in which Mrs. Clinton was gen­er­ally deemed the win­ner, Mr. Trump al­most im­me­di­ately raised the adul­tery is­sue by say­ing he was too much of a gen­tle­man to men­tion it on stage.

He also brought up Ms. Flow­ers be­fore the de­bate, threat­en­ing in a Twit­ter post to bring her as a guest af­ter Mrs. Clinton gave a front-row ticket to bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man and Trump foe Mark Cuban.

For­mer New York Mayor Ru­dolph W. Gi­u­liani, a top Trump sur­ro­gate, dropped Ms. Lewin­sky’s name as soon as he got into the spin room af­ter the de­bate at Hof­s­tra Univer­sity in New York.

“The pres­i­dent of the United States, her hus­band, dis­graced this coun­try, what he did in the Oval Of­fice. And she didn’t just stand by him. She at­tacked Mon­ica Lewin­sky,” Mr. Gi­u­liani told re­porters. “And af­ter be­ing mar­ried to Bill Clinton for 20 years, if you didn’t know the mo­ment Mon­ica Lewin­sky said that Bill Clinton vi­o­lated her that she was telling the truth, then you’re too stupid to be pres­i­dent.”


As first lady, Hil­lary Clinton stood by her hus­band dur­ing re­peated ac­cu­sa­tions of his in­fi­delity. “The most dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions I have made in my life were to stay mar­ried to Bill, and to run for the Se­nate from New York,” she said about his im­peach­ment for ly­ing about an af­fair with White House in­tern Mon­ica Lewin­sky.

Mon­ica Lewin­sky

Gen­nifer Flow­ers

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