Donald Trump has nothing left in the tank, so he’s going back to what worked during the primaries – cheap personal attacks. His response to the outcry over his “grab her p*ssy” remarks is to hypocritically attack Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her husband’s infidelities. As usual, however, Trump’s own past words refute everything he says now. Trump told a very different story in 1999 on CNN, lamenting the effectiveness of the right-wing conspiracy to smear former President Bill Clinton:
“I think she’s gone through terrible times,” Trump told Wolf Blitzer in the interview. “I think she’s been through more than any woman should have to bear — everything public. I mean, women go through this on a private basis and can’t take it, she’s on the front page of every newspaper every week with what went on in Washington,” in November 1999 in video reviewed by CNN’s KFile. Trump said Hillary Clinton had been through more public controversy than any women should have to bear.
A month before, in an interview with CNBC, Trump expressed a similar sentiment about Hillary Clinton and blasted the independent investigator Ken Starr as “a total wacko.”
This is yet another prime example of Trump’s extreme hypocrisy as the Republican nominee seeks to distract Americans from both his personal character issues and lack of moral fortitude, as well as the actually important issues of leadership, foreign policy and the United States economy, which should more properly be discussed in tonight’s second presidential debate in Virginia.
Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton will be well prepared to handle Donald Trump’s circus sideshow tactics and lies that have been freshly debunked by Politifact this morning. As she noted in the first debate, she’s been preparing for years.
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report. Find out more at grantstern.com.