PRESUMPTIVE Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump used the word “rape” on Wednesday when discussing past allegations of sexual misconduct involving former President Bill Clinton, further escalating his rhetoric on the subject.
Clinton’s wife, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination and Trump’s likely opponent in the November general election.
In an interview with Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity, Trump was answering questions about an unflattering story published this past weekend by The New York Times involving his relationships with women when he turned his attention to Bill Clinton.
“By the way, you know, it’s not like the worst things, okay,” Trump said.
“You look at what Clinton’s gone through with all the problems and all the things that he’s done.”
Hannity went on to question whether the newspaper would interview women including Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Willey.
All three have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct.
“In one case, it’s about exposure. In another case, it’s about groping and fondling and touching against a woman’s will,” Hannity said. “And rape,” Trump responded. “And rape,” Hannity repeated. In response, Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said: “Trump is doing what he does best, attacking when he feels wounded and dragging the American people through the mud for his own gain.”
Trump has made it clear in recent weeks that he intends to make Bill Clinton’s sexual history a key campaign issue.
He has described him at rallies and on social media as the worst abuser of women in the history of politics and labelling his wife an “enabler”.
Hillary Clinton has refused to respond to Trump’s comments. – The Telegraph