In his latest salvo in a war over past sexual misdeeds that cost him support of several Republicans, Donald Trump called a press conference shortly before last night’s town hall debate with three women who accused former President Bill Clinton of rape and unwanted sexual advances.
In a video posted to his Facebook account, Trump appeared with Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey, all of whom announced support for his candidacy. Also present was Kathy Shelton, who was raped as a 12-year-old by a suspect Hillary Clinton represented as a public defender.
Trump said the women, whom he called “very courageous,” had asked to attend the debate, and turned the floor over to them briefly.
Jones said Trump is a “good person, he’s not what other people have been saying.” When a reporter asked if Trump touched women without their consent, Jones fired back, “Why don’t y’all go ask Bill Clinton that? Ask Hillary as well.”
Jones is a former Arkansas state worker who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton in 1994 for allegedly exposing himself to her in a Little Rock hotel room.
Broaddrick, who gave a tearful account to pro-Trump Breitbart News of her alleged 1978 rape by Clinton in a video released yesterday, said she doesn’t think there’s any comparison between Trump’s 2005 comments about women and Clinton’s conduct.
“Mr. Trump may have said some bad words, but Bill Clinton raped me and Hillary Clinton threatened me,” Broaddrick said.
In a statement, Clinton spokeswoman Jennifer Palmieri said the campaign is “not surprised to see Donald Trump continue his destructive race to the bottom.”
The move comes as GOP leaders, including U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, withdrew their support for Trump and some urged him to drop out of the race.
The calls were in response to Trump’s graphic comments about women caught on a live microphone in 2005 while he talked with Billy Bush, then a host of “Access Hollywood.” NBC announced yesterday Bush, now a host of the “Today” show, had been indefinitely suspended.
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