After inviting three women who were allegedly sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton to Sunday's debate, the Trump campaign is doubling down on efforts to flaunt Bill's sexual improprieties to the public, promising "we’re going to turn him into Bill Cosby." According to Bloomberg, Trump campaign manager, Steve Bannon, told staffers that more “women are coming to us who have been groped or sexually abused by Bill Clinton" which they plan to introduce over the coming days/weeks. The campaign also intends to focus on allegations that Hillary attempted to "intimidate victims of Bill" which they think will suppress Hillary's female voter turnout in November.
"She’s led a program of victim intimidation,” Bannon told Trump staffers, according to two advisers who were present. “This has nothing to do with consensual sexual affairs and infidelities. This is Bill. We’re going to turn him into Bill Cosby. He’s a violent sexual predator who physically abuses women who he assaults. And she takes the lead on the intimidation of the victims.”
The campaign plans to highlight a tweet from last November in which Clinton wrote: “Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed and supported.”
The juxtaposition between Clinton’s stated position and the aggressiveness with which she and her allies have attacked Bill Clinton’s accusers over the years is a glaring hypocrisy, Trump’s brain trust believes. “It’s untenable and it’s farcical,” says Bossie. “With rape culture being what it is, these facts are going to shock millennial women. There will not be a millennial woman who will want to vote for her when these facts come out.”
Bossie says the campaign plans to highlight Hillary Clinton’s treatment of her husband’s accusers: “Her history of using private investigators in the ‘80s and ‘90s to harass and intimidate victims of Bill, to flip from that to what she’s saying today about how every victim deserves to be heard—when it was about Bill, she didn’t want the victims to be heard and Hillary did everything she could to stifle their voices.”
According to Bloomberg, Trump will be bringing Bill's sexual accusers to his campaign rallies to “give witness to what Hillary Clinton actually did.” Moreover, later tonight, Sean Hannity will host a 1-hour session with Broaddrick, Willey and Jones to discuss their alleged sexual assaults by former President Clinton.
The Republican presidential nominee’s decision to close out his campaign by attacking what he alleges to be Bill Clinton's history of sexual violence, and his wife's role after the fact, suggests the next few weeks could be among the ugliest in modern presidential history.
On Thursday night, the Trump campaign will begin a new media blitz, his advisers say, with Broaddrick, Willey, and Jones appearing together on a one-hour Fox News special hosted by Sean Hannity. Additional interviews will follow.
The move to further amplify the campaign's focus on Bill Clinton's past relationships with women comes amid fresh allegations of Trump's misbehavior.
The Trump campaign feels that Hillary is getting a free pass from a whole generation of young female voters who were only "7 or 8 years old" when Bill's sexual assault victims first came forward and have "no earthly idea about the Clinton sex stuff."
Trump’s strategists claim they will introduce significant new information of their own that they hope will upend the race. “Once the campaign decided to put forward the strategy of using the victims of Bill and Hillary Clinton from the ’90s,” says deputy campaign manager David Bossie, “others came forward because they see the media coverage. Now, we have an opportunity to introduce new material into the campaign to educate voters on how they treat women.”
The plan to intensify the focus on the Clintons and sexual violence is being spearheaded by campaign CEO Stephen Bannon, Bossie, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, multiple campaign officials confirm.
The purpose of Trump’s sudden, intense focus on sexual abuse is twofold: First, to distract attention away from the 2005 Access Hollywood tape recently obtained by the Washington Post that shows Trump making appallingly lewd remarks about women. Second is to depress enthusiasm for Clinton among a key voter bloc in her quest for the White House: millennial women.
Bannon has long believed that young, socially liberal voters unfamiliar with the Clinton scandals of the ’90s will become disillusioned if they learn more about them. ”There’s a whole generation of people who love the news but were 7 or 8 years old when this happened and have no earthly idea about the Clinton sex stuff,” Bannon told Bloomberg Businessweek last year.
So grab you're popcorn, we're about to experience an epic race to the bottom that is unlikely to be matched for generations to come.