US POLITICS

Donald Trump Just Held A Facebook Live With Bill Clinton’s Accusers

Just over an hour before the second debate, Trump is showing that he intends to come out swinging

US POLITICS
Donald Trump with Kathy Shelton (R) and Juanita Broad — REUTERS
Oct 09, 2016 at 8:38 PM ET

Donald Trump held a press conference on Facebook Live with women who claim they were abused by former president Bill Clinton, just over an hour before the two major party candidates met for their second debate in St. Louis Sunday night. For anyone wondering whether Trump would show up contrite and eager to move on or double down and attack, it seems clear he’s chosen the latter strategy.

Hours after a video of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women surfaced Friday, the Republican candidate tried to flip the issue back to his opponent. In a lukewarm apology, Trump admitted to the comments, but said, “Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims. We will discuss this more in the coming days.”

It seems he’s making good on that promise.

Trump assembled Kathleen Wiley, Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathy Shelton in a venue near the highly-anticipated debate. Three of the women have accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault or harassment (Shelton was assaulted as a child and Hillary Clinton was the lawyer for the rapist). 

“Bill Clinton raped me, and Hillary Clinton threatened me,” Broaddrick said Sunday, adding that the Clintons’ alleged deeds were incomparably worse than anything Trump had said. Clinton and her team have long maintained that the decades-old allegations are false. 

All four women will be in the audience at Sunday’s debate.

On Friday, the Washington Post first published a video of the Republican nominee in 2005, bragging about how his celebrity let him grope women whenever he wanted. “Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything,” he said, going on to joke about trying to “fuck” married women and dismissing a woman’s “phony tits.”

The fallout — with just over 30 days remaining until the election — was swift and surprising. High-ranking members of his own party, including his own running mate Mike Pence, sharply denounced the comments, and others went further, withdrawing their endorsements entirely. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan disinvited Trump from a speaking event in Wisconsin.