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NY Mag: Donald Trump First to Make Clinton’s Abuse of Women Stick


New York Magazine says Donald Trump is not the first candidate to bring up Bill Clinton’s treatment of women but he is the first to make it part of the 2016 conversation.



This week Donald Trump pulled off yet another remarkable political feat: While several of his rivals have tried and failed to turn Bill Clinton’s decades-old sex scandals into a 2016 campaign issue, Trump is actually making it happen.

After his complaint about Hillary calling him “ISIS’s best recruiter” morphed into a debate about sexism just before Christmas, Trump changed the conversation again, tweeting on Monday “If Hillary thinks she can unleash her husband, with his terrible record of women abuse, while playing the women’s card on me, she’s wrong!” Tuesday on the Today show, he added, “there certainly were a lot of abuse of women, you look at whether it’s Monica Lewinsky or Paula Jones, or any of them, and that certainly will be fair game.”

Now with the former president set to begin campaigning for his wife in New Hampshire on Monday, other Republican candidates, including Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson, are joining in the discussion of Clinton’s past sexual improprieties. The question now is whether their attacks on Bill Clinton can damage his wife’s campaign, while years ago they only boosted the first lady’s popularity.

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