Although Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shunned the irresistible temptation to deliver a stinging riposte to the former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s allegation the New York billionaire referred to women as “pigs, slobs and dogs” during Monday evening’s debate, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani showed no such reservation in eviscerating the former First Lady, blasting her as “stupid” for remaining with husband Bill following revelations in 1998 the disgraced ex-president had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Knocking Hillary off her pedestal of privilege, Giuliani, who was interviewed briefly following the debate, defended the New York businessman against Clinton’s contention Trump lacks requisite feminist credentials to be president and revealed a succession of instances where Trump has demonstrated a professional and personal dedication to the advancement of women in the workplace and followed with a defense of Trump’s personal integrity for refusing to criticize Hillary Clinton over a scandal which nearly drove Bill Clinton from office with her family seated in the audience.
Shifting to Clinton, Giuliani described how he would have addressed the Democratic nominee’s attacks on Trump.
“I sure would’ve talked about what she did to Monica Lewinsky, what that woman standing there did to Monica Lewinsky, trying to paint her as an insane young woman when in fact Monica Lewinsky was an intern,” he said. “The president of the United States, her husband, disgraced this country with what he did in the Oval Office and she didn’t just stand by him, she attacked Monica Lewinsky. And after being married to Bill Clinton for 20 years, if you didn’t know the moment Monica Lewinsky said that Bill Clinton violated her that she was telling the truth, then you’re too stupid to be president.”
Neither Bill or Hillary’s past is off limits.
Hillary Clinton’s candidacy is a circumstance with which many conservatives will enthusiastically attempt to re-litigate Bill Clinton’s White House years. With Hillary constantly attempting to frame her own White House ambitions around her husband’s minor successes as president instead of the inheritor of President Obama’s legacy, conservatives may endeavor to raise the perfectly legitimate issue of Bill’s personal conduct both in and out of the Oval Office.
Although this tactic has pitfalls, it is one in which the GOP may find success for the reason Hillary Clinton not only stood by her man while revelations ranging from sexual harassment to rape flowed from Gennifer Flowers, Paula Jones, patronage seeker Kathleen Willey, and nursing home administrator Juanita Broaddrick, but aggressively engaged in a smear campaign against Bill’s accusers both prior to and during Bill’s terms in the White House.
Close Clinton aide, Sid Blumenthal, was credited by late-journalist Christopher Hitchens for attempting to blacken Monica Lewinsky as a “stalker” and posture Bill Clinton as “the victim of a predatory and unstable sexually demanding young woman.”
Against the backdrop of Clinton’s association with Blumenthal and a documented past of Hillary’s rapt connection with efforts to sabotage the reliability of Bill’s accusers, it is certainly a legitimate line of inquiry for Mr. Trump to engage Mrs. Clinton over her role in the subterfuge attacking the credibility of Bill’s accusers or to undermine Hillary’s record and actions related to standing for the rights of women.
While Hillary was able to escape with distorting several remarks Mr. Trump uttered in his public quarreling with television pest Rosie O’Donnell, Mr. Trump deserves a round of applause for refusing to engage in the same squalid behavior Clinton was determined to be occupied.
Had Trump taken Clinton’s bait, it is likely the New York businessman would have been met with a barrage of criticism branding his unearthing l’affaire Lewinsky as heartless and inappropriate, bullying and sexist, and imaginably fueled the resurrection of the fictitious GOP “war on women,” with which the Democrats could rally some skeptical females to Clinton’s cause.
While Trump’s marital woes and infidelities have been played out in the New York social pages, his veiled reference to Bill’s serial deceit may place Hillary on the defensive and could neutralize future Hillary attacks directed at him over fear her role in the coalition of hacks and excusers to destroy Bill’s indicters will be revealed.
There is a significant difference between speaking forthrightly and leveling a crude smear or unsubstantiated charge. In his passionate defense of Mr. Trump, Mayor Giuliani uncovered Hillary Clinton to be the manipulative and scheming woman she is often accused and legitimized Mr. Trump’s path to responding in kind to Clinton’s criticism.
Once Clinton’s election to lose and known for losing elections which appeared impossible to lose, the fact Hillary even dared to intrude into such dangerous territory exposes the former Secretary’s vulnerabilities.
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