There are few people unaware of the fact that Bill Clinton has a past when it come to stepping out. There is no doubt that Hillary Clinton has told a few lies over the decades in order to minimize the political damage to her husband caused by said philandering. One could argue that she did not know the affairs had actually happened when she lashed out at the accusers, but that is hardly a credible assertion. It’s never been a great situation.
Today, The Washington Post reports that “Donald Trump and his surrogates have signalled that he may bring up the subject in the next presidential debate.”
The same story cites a 2000 interview with Hillary Clinton when she was running for a New York Senate seat in New York in which she was “asked whether she mislead the public in defending her husband.”
“It is something that I deeply regret that anyone had to go through,” she said. “And I wish that we could all look at it from the perspective of history, but we can’t.”
For that and similar statements Trump has called her an enabler.
If he does bring it up in the debates, my guess is that she will repeat what she said in her convention speech, which is that she and Bill have had many challenges in their marriage but have chosen to work them out and stay together.
It will make her an object of sympathy and remind people that Trump is in no position to criticize. In other words, he would be a fool to go there, but he is after all a fool.
What we know about Trump is that he always thinks he can make his case no matter how incoherent. He did it on his taxes in Monday’s debate and on his defence of birtherism. He’ll do it again on the issue of Bill’s infidelity with the same result because that is what defines the man. He thinks he can successfully litigate every issue even when his advisors would probably rather he move on.
I can perfectly visualize the exchange including her picture perfect presentation and his goofy facial expressions. She wins. He loses.
The only thing the electorate will see is a bully blaming a woman for the fact that her husband had been unfaithful.
Whatever else may be true, it is better for Hillary and her supporters that he talk about anything other than economic nationalism and a general taste for change. That is his winning hand and he is too stupid, thin skinned, and undisciplined to make it work for him.