Following up his Twitter campaign of painting Bill Clinton as the worst misogynist in U.S. history, Donald Trump finally crossed the line. With the help of his host, Sean Hannity, Trump accused Bill Clinton of rape.
On Hannity’s Wednesday show, the conservative talker and Trump brown-noser was trying to help his buddy out on the “women issue.” He rattled through a list of women who came forward over the New York Times piece that hit over the weekend and were “livid” about the content. This presented Trump with another opportunity to say that “there’s nobody that respects women” more than him.
Hannity and Trump steered the conversation away from Trump and his (mis)treatment of women to Bill Clinton. Comparing allegations against the Donald to claims against the former President, Hannity wondered if the New York Times would address them:
Are they going to interview Juanita Broaddrick? Are they going to interview Paula Jones? Are they going to interview Kathleen Willey? In one case, it’s about exposure. In another case, it’s about groping and fondling and touching against a woman’s will.
That’s when Trump stepped over the line between allegation and slander. He responded to this comment from Hannity with:
Hannity, ever one to follow in his master’s footsteps, repeated, “And rape.”
If this had been anywhere other than Fox News, any producer worth their salt would have had a heart attack right there. That is slander. You’d think Trump would recognize it considering he’s been suing people under libel and slander laws for decades.
Bill Clinton, by the way, is not running for president. Attacks on him are beside the point. Class act that he is, Bill will likely ignore the whole thing. He shouldn’t, though. In my opinion, this needs to be nipped in the bud before other family members of all the candidates are used as collateral damage. Campaigns get dirty, sure. But accusing spouses of felonies is just too much.
Here is the (mercifully) brief segment:
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