If you thought Donald Trump would take the high road and focus on policy tonight, well, you were wrong. The embattled GOP presidential nominee appears to be reacting to the release of audio of him detailing how he sexually assaults women without consequence like a frightened rat does when it’s trapped in a corner. Trump, who reportedly spent the weekend angry and alone in his Trump Tower penthouse, and his campaign appear desperate. Call it going nuclear or going scorched Earth or whatever you want, but it appears as the plan is to set a fire and burn it all down.
Approximately 90 minutes before the start of Sunday night’s debate, Trump held a press conference where he introduced Paula Jones, Kathy Shelton, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey, all women who have made accusations against Bill Clinton in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. After he introduced each one, the women said a few words and expressed support for Trump.
“Thank you for coming and these four very courageous women have asked to be here,” Trump said as he kicked off the circus. “It was our honor to help them. I think they want to make an individual short statement, and then we’ll have a little meeting. We’ll see you at the debate.”
Paula Jones, who sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment in the 90s (the case was settled out of court), spoke first.
“I’m here to support Mr. Trump,” Jones said. “He’s going to make America great again and I think everybody else should vote for him and I think they should all look at the fact that he is a good person. He’s not what other people have been saying he’s been like Hillary. So, think about that.”
In response to it all, Clinton campaign Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri released a statement:
We’re not surprised to see Donald Trump continue his destructive race to the bottom. Hillary Clinton understands the opportunity in this town hall is to talk to voters on stage and in the audience about the issues that matter to them, and this stunt doesn’t change that. If Donald Trump doesn’t see that, that’s his loss. As always, she’s prepared to handle whatever Donald Trump throws her way.
Finally, the women are seated with Trump’s family in the audience tonight.
Buckle up, everyone.