AMBRIDGE, Pa. — Donald Trump continued to attack Hillary Clinton over her husband’s marital indiscretions during a campaign event here Monday, citing allegations of sexual improprieties against former president Bill Clinton while dismissing intense criticism over his own treatment of women.
“As I outlined last night, Bill Clinton was the worst abuser of women ever to sit in the Oval Office. He was a sexual predator,” Trump said. “For decades, Hillary Clinton has been familiar with her husband’s predatory behavior and, instead of trying to stop him, she made it possible for him to take advantage of even more women.”
Trump has made good in recent days on his occasional threats to make Bill Clinton’s infidelities a central focus of his campaign, allegations he has intermittently cited on the campaign trail when accused by critics of using demeaning language while talking about women. Trump escalated those attacks after a video emerged Friday showing Trump bragging about using his celebrity status to touch women against their will.
Trump’s allegations echoed past ones from several women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual harassment and, in some instances, assault. The former president settled one sexual harassment case in 1999, brought by Paula Jones, but other cases have not been litigated in court, and the Clintons deny the accusations.
“I was getting beaten up for 72 hours on all the networks for inappropriate words 12 years ago, locker-room talk, whatever you want to call it,” he told the roaring crowd in Ambridge. “And I just saw very inappropriate words, but Bill Clinton sexually assaulted innocent women, and Hillary Clinton attacked those women viciously.”
Trump also attacked the former secretary of state for defending a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in 1975, which she had a legal obligation to do as his court-appointed lawyer. He also accused Clinton of “laughing at the girl who was raped.”
“Desperate to win her case, Hillary Clinton blamed a 12-year-old victim. Her name was Kathleen Shelton. As the lawyer for the rapist, Hillary Clinton said the little girl was emotionally unstable and had a tendency to seek out older men and engage in fantasies,” Trump said.
Clinton defended the man but initially sought to avoid representing him, citing personal objections. She is heard laughing or giggling in an audio recording, years later, when describing the case to a reporter — though not at Shelton or specifically about the sentencing. In one instance, she laughs about a judge who was not comfortable with Clinton being present while he examined her client because she was a woman. In another instance, she also laughed about her defendant taking a polygraph, “which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.”
The case ultimately fell apart for several reasons, including improper handling of evidence by investigators.
Trump celebrated what he said was an overwhelming win against Clinton in Sunday night’s debate. He said Clinton focused on “small, petty things” and repeatedly lied. Fact checkers monitoring the debate, including The Washington Post’s Fact Checker, have said that Trump has misrepresented his record and delivered misleading facts.
Trump said the past three days have “framed what this election is all about”: in his view, political outsiders taking on a biased political establishment and media.
Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani also spoke at the rally before Trump took the stage, tearing into Clinton and accusing her of hating working-class Americans.
“We love you, she hates you, and we love you!” Giuliani said.
During a campaign rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Monday evening, Giuliani joked about attacking Clinton with “locker room” talk at a campaign rally here in Pennsylvania. Trump has sought to downplay criticism over his remarks in the controversial video by referring to it as “locker room” talk, which many of his critics of rejected.
“Over 100 million dollars in money for the Clinton Foundation. Boy, that is as phony as — I can’t say the word because I have to be nice. I might say it back in the locker room,” Giuliani said. “That is a hockey locker room after all. Hockey, right? But they all talk very politically correct.”