Category: Bill Clinton

July 15th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton had a warm and engaging speaking event Thursday in Dallas, Texas, at a program for the Presidential Leadership Scholars. Clinton’s answer to one question sounded suspiciously to commentators on Fox News like a critique of a recent presidential candidate.

Moderator David Rubenstein asked what the most important quality someone would need who is aspiring to be a president. After Bush’s very brief but insightful answer, Clinton responded.

“I also think you have to begin with the end in mind,” Clinton said. “You have to say, yeah, you gotta win the election. But why in the heck are you running?”

“That’s another thing I noticed about him,” Clinton said, pointing at Bush. “When he ran for governor against Ann Richards, he didn’t say ‘Ann Richards is a klutz.’ He said, ‘I wanna be governor because I wanna do one, two, three things.’ Couple of ’em I didn’t agree with. But he had an agenda.”

“If you want to be president,” he continued, “realize, it’s about the people, not about you.”

Howard Kurtz on Fox News said the former president gave himself enough space to deny the similarities to criticisms of the Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign, but explained why some thought it was a jab at her lack of political skill.

“It’s obvious to the rest of us what he’s talking about,” Kurtz said, “and look, Hillary Clinton had a campaign where she had a whole laundry list of liberal positions but no theme, no emotional connection to voters, and not much more beyond Donald Trump is awful, and that’s what the former president was artfully saying.”

Kurtz continued, explaining that Hillary Clinton failed “to campaign with certain kinds of voters where she didn’t go as well, Martha.”

“So Clinton, the former president, that is,” he added, “argued internally during the 2016 campaign, his wife needed to do more of that. He did some of it himself, he went to places like Lansing, Michigan, the final week of the campaign.”

The quote from the former president continued after the Fox News video, and many saw instead a pointed critique of President Donald Trump.

“And when it’s over,” Clinton said, “and that’s what a lot of these people who are real arrogant in office, they forget, and it passes more quickly than you know. You wanna be able to say people are better off when I quit, kids have a better future, things were coming together, you don’t wanna say, ‘God, look at all the people I beat!’”

Even during the 2016 presidential campaign many supporters of Hillary Clinton would compare her to her husband, saying that she just didn’t have the political skill he had to engage every individual voter. There were reports that her campaign was trying to keep the former president from upstaging her at events.

On Monday former President Bill Clinton sat down with 'CBS This Morning' co-host Charlie Rose to discuss his wife Hillary Clinton's recent struggles in the Presidential race. While Bill made it a point to say Hillary's physical health is on the rise after her public collapsing at a 9/11 memorial, he did emphasize the struggle she has to connect with voters.

Posted in 2016 presidential election, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Politics

June 1st, 2017 by Staff Writer

Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines, unleashed an obscenity-strewn rant mocking Chelsea Clinton for calling him a “thug” over his terrible joke about absolving his militants who raped women while instituting martial law.

“These whores, they hear ‘rape’. Like, like Chelsea, she slammed me. I was not joking, I was being sarcastic. Listen to the speech. I do not laugh at my own jokes,” Duterte said during a public speech.

“I will tell her,” he continued, “when your father, the president of the United States, was screwing Lewinsky and the girls there in the White House, how did you feel? Did you slam your father?”

“You Americans, be careful because you life in a glass house,” he added. “When President Clinton was (expletive) Lewinsky, what was your statement or your reaction?”

Duterte was speaking before an audience celebrating the 119th anniversary of the Philippine Navy in his hometown of Davao when he thought to address Chelsea Clinton directly.

Duterte’s response was in reference to Chelsea Clinton’s recent tweets excoriating Duterte as a thug over his detestable “joke” about rape. “Duterte is a murderous thug with no regard for human rights,” she tweeted. “It’s important to keep pointing that out & that rape is never a joke.” Prior to that she had highlighted his “joke” and said, “Not funny. Ever.”

Hi Kevin -Duterte is a murderous thug with no regard for human rights. It’s important to keep pointing that out & that rape is never a joke.

— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) May 26, 2017

Duterte’s disgusting “joke” was made to his soldiers on Friday after he declared martial law in the southern part of the Philippines. He told them that he would take the blame if they raped three women, that he would say he did it instead.

Duterte has been accused of using extreme tactics in his war on drugs in the Philippines, including the use of death squads that have racked up thousands of executions. Some reports allege that he has ordered executions of political enemies and journalists as well.

President Trump was criticized when he invited Duterte to the White House and congratulated him for cracking down on drug dealers in his country.

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Posted in Bill Clinton, Chelsea Clinton, Philippines, Politics, Rape, rape culture, Rodrigo Duterte

May 28th, 2017 by Staff Writer

A new survey revealed U.S. adults’ most popular presidents of the second half of the 20th century, and the findings show former President Bill Clinton’s popularity has taken a dramatic hit in recent years.

The online survey of Americans’ attitudes about presidents serving from 1950 to 2000 found the two most popular presidents of the period are John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan. Respondents were asked to say which two presidents “stand out … as the best presidents.” Kennedy was chosen by 53 percent of respondents, and Reagan received support from 43 percent of those questioned.capture

Coming in at a distant third was Bill Clinton, who was chosen by 28 percent as one of the two best presidents of the period. Incredibly, Clinton’s support fell by an astounding 18 percentage points from a similar survey’s findings in 2012. It appears support for Clinton may have shifted to Kennedy, whose popularity surged by 12 percentage points from 2012. The opinions of all the other presidents of the period largely remained the same.

The survey’s analysis states Clinton’s “sharp decline” is due to an “across-the-board partisan decay in positive reviews of the former president,” which may signal Hillary Clinton’s presidential run hurt Americans’ views of Bill Clinton.

“Bill Clinton has suffered a sharp decline since 2012,” the survey analysis says. “Whereas 33 percent of respondents rated him as a 9 or 10 on a 0 to 10 scale five years ago, our new poll finds just 16 percent rate him as a 9 or 10. This shift comes from an across-the-board partisan decay in positive views of the former president, with more Democrats, Republicans, and Independents rating Clinton more unfavorably. Bill Clinton’s worsened public perception may mirror the similar decline of his wife, Hillary Clinton, during and in the aftermath of a brutal, unsuccessful presidential election.”

Although Kennedy was chosen as one of the two best presidents by more respondents than any other president, when those surveyed were asked who among all living or dead presidents they wish could see serve as the nation’s next president, Reagan edged out Kennedy by 1 percentage point, 23 percent to 22 percent. Barack Obama received support from 21 percent of respondents, beating out Abraham Lincoln (12 percent) and Franklin Roosevelt (7 percent).

Unsurprisingly, the results corresponded with party identification. Fifty percent of Republicans chose Reagan as their top choice to be the next president, while only 6 percent of Democrats picked Reagan. Similarly, 38 percent of Democrats and only 7 percent of Republicans chose Obama.

The survey was conducted from May 11-15 and included a sample of 1,472 adults in the continental United States.

(H/T: Washington Examiner)

Posted in Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Politics, Poll, Presidents, Ronald Reagan

May 23rd, 2017 by Staff Writer

Monica Lewinsky destroyed Fox News in a Monday New York Times op-ed which addressed her dissection by the network during former President Bill Clinton’s sex scandal.

The former White House intern said that Fox News’ coverage of her and her sexual relationship with Clinton was a “nightmare” and that as a result, she felt she became a “whore, a bimbo, a slut and worse” in the eyes of the public.

Titled “Roger Ailes’ dream was my nightmare,” Lewinsky wrote, “My character, my looks and my life were picked apart mercilessly. Truth and fiction mixed at random in the service of higher ratings. On Fox, it seemed, no rumor was too unsubstantiated, no innuendo too vile and no accusation too abhorrent.”

“Other cable news channels didn’t hesitate to join the race to the bottom,” she noted. “Let’s not pretend that Fox News was the only network to cover this story in the gutter.”

Referencing Fox specifically, Lewinsky said, “The comments on television and online were excruciating. I ceased being a three-dimensional person. Instead, I became a whore, a bimbo, a slut and worse.”

She continued, piling onto her perception of media destruction, “Just days after the story broke, Fox asked its viewers to vote on this pressing question: Is Monica Lewinsky an ‘average girl’ or a ‘young tramp looking for thrills?’”

Lewinsky later insinuated that it was her story with Clinton that essentially coined the phrase “internet trolling.”

“Our world — of cyberbullying and chyrons, trolls and tweets — was forged in 1998,” she wrote, referencing the cheating scandal and the media circus surrounding it. “It is, as the historian Nicolaus Mills has put it, a ‘culture of humiliation,’ in which those who prey on the vulnerable in the service of clicks and ratings are handsomely rewarded.”

Lewinsky signed off her op-ed by invoking the name of the late Roger Ailes, former Fox News Chairman and CEO, who passed away last week at the age of 77.

“Farewell to the age of Ailes,” she wrote. “The late Fox chief pledged Americans fair and balanced news. Maybe now we’ll get it.”

Clinton admitted in 1998 his 1995-1996 relationship with the former White House intern was “not appropriate.”

Posted in Bill Clinton, Cheating, Fox News, Hillary Clinton, Media, Monica Lewinsky, scandals

March 11th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Former President Bill Clinton appeared to refer to the resurgent nationalism of the current president when he told an audience that division is “taking us to the edge of our destruction.” He made the comments in a keynote address at the Brookings Institution Friday.

In the first public outing for the president since his wife Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election, the former president warned against the divisiveness of current nationalist movements around the world.

People who claim to want the nation-state are actually trying to have a pan-national movement to institutionalize separatism and division within borders all over the world. It’s like we’re all having an identity crisis at once — and it is an inevitable consequence of the economic and social changes that have occurred at an increasingly rapid pace.

The event was in honor of the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was remembered by Clinton as exemplifying the spirit of inclusion and problem-solving, the opposite of the characteristics he described in nationalist movements.

Rabin “was smart, he was careful, he understood the insecurities which roil through every society at every time—and instead of being paralyzed by them or trying to take advantage of them, he tried to take account and bring them along,” Clinton said.

Clinton juxtaposed Rabin’s example against our natural tendencies, which he linked to nationalism: “we are programmed biologically, instinctively, to prefer win-lose situations, us versus them.”

“This is a very old story,” he explained. “It’s as old as the Holy Land, and much older. Ever since the first people stood up on the East African savanna, ever since the first families and clans, ever since people encountered the other. It is a very old story. And it always comes down to two things — are we going to live in an us-and-them world, or a world that we live in together?”

Rabin’s tough-minded approach to finding ways to work and live together is what’s needed, Clinton said. “If you got that, in every age and time, the challenges we face can be resolved in a way to keep us going forward, instead of taking us to the edge of our destruction.”

Eric Bolling defended Trump on “The Five” from Clinton’s criticism, saying that he didn’t run advocating ethnic cleansing of previous nationalist movements, like Nazism, but on economic nationalism.

.@ericbolling: “@billclinton is being disingenuous here.” #TheFive pic.twitter.com/7cJETb7Yv7

— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 10, 2017

The dire warning from Clinton about nationalism is in strict contrast with the “Make America Great Again” message of President Trump and some of his more ideological supporters. While many are finding it difficult to pigeon-hole Trump in the classical differentiations of politics, some point to the succoring of the “alt-right” movement by Steve Bannon, who is now one of Trump’s top advisors.

While Hillary Clinton also sounded the warning against nationalism during her campaign, recently she placed the blame on interference from the Russians and from FBI Director Comey for her electoral loss, despite winning the popular vote.

Posted in Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Nationalism, Politics, Trump, White Nationalism

December 21st, 2016 by Staff Writer

A federal judge has unsealed the search warrant obtained by the FBI to search former New York Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner’s computer for emails related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct government business, according to CBS News.

The FBI reportedly discovered emails relevant to its probe of Clinton’s emails on a computer used by Weiner, the estranged husband of Clinton aide Huma Abedin, while investigating allegations he exchanged explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl.

According to the warrant, the FBI sought permission to search emails on Weiner’s Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series laptop.

“There is probable cause to believe that the Subject Laptop contains evidence, contraband, fruits, and/or other items illegally possessed in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 793 (e) and (f),” it states.

Politico notes that after previously stating that the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private server was closed, FBI Director James Comey alerted Congress shortly before the election that he had new information. Two days before the election, Comey said the case was still closed.

Former President Bill Clinton has blamed Comey and the FBI — among other factors — for his wife’s loss.

Weiner once infamously shared vulgar images of himself on social media with the pseudonym “Carlos Danger.” His previous sexting scandals led to his resignation from Congress, a failed mayoral bid in New York City and separation from Abedin.

Posted in Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, FBI, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Emails, James Comey, Politics

November 3rd, 2016 by Staff Writer

The American Center for Law and Justice, a conservative-leaning law group, is suing the Justice Department after the agency allegedly ignored its Freedom of Information Act request for more information about Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s private June meeting with former President Bill Clinton just days before it was announced that Hillary Clinton would face no charges for her email practices at the State Department.

“We’re forcing their hand,” the ACLJ’s chief counsel Jay Sekulow wrote in a blog post annoucing the legal action. “We’re taking the Obama Administration to federal court. Again. We’re filing a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, to ensure true justice.”

Sekulow initially called on Lynch to resign, but when that didn’t happen, he filed a FOIA request “demanding answers on how such a careless and perhaps intentionally underhanded meeting was allowed to happen,” a reference to the clandestine meeting Bill Clinton had with Lynch on the tarmac of an Arizona airport.

But the ACLJ lawyer said the FBI and the Justice Department ignored his request:

The FBI acknowledged our FOIA requests, and even granted our request for expedited processing by determining that we had shown our requests concerned “[a] matter of widespread and exceptional media interest in which there exist possible questions about the government’s integrity which affect public confidence.” The Justice Department remained silent.

[…]

We told the Court: “The Defendant [DOJ] has wholly failed to respond to Plaintiff’s FOIA request.” In fact, the Obama Administration’s failure to respond violated the statute in two ways. So we brought two Counts.

The two violations, according to the ACLJ, are in reference to 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(A), which requires the defendant to “determine whether to comply to Plaintiff’s request within twenty (20) days,” and 5 U.S.C. § 552(a)(6)(E)(ii), which states that the defendant must make “a determination of whether to provide expedited processing.”

“The bottom line of our lawsuit is this: the ‘Defendant is unlawfully withholding records requested by Plaintiff pursuant to 5 U.S.C. § 552,” Sekulow wrote. “The Justice Department’s answer to our suit will be due in about 30 days.”

“General Lynch has disqualified herself from this critical investigation,” he added. “She has no business having any involvement in an FBI investigation of this magnitude. We will do, and are doing, everything we can to hold her accountable.”

This lawsuit follows the FBI’s announcement last week that it is reviewing its previous investigation into Hillary Clinton in light of the discovery of new documents that were unearthed during the bureau’s investigation into disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal. Weiner is the estranged husband of longtime Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

Lynch’s Justice Department reportedly did not approve of FBI Director James Comey’s decision to publicize the fact that his agency was reopening its probe of Hillary Clinton’s email practices.

Posted in Bill Clinton, Campaign 2016, Clinton Emails, FBI, Hillary Clinton, Justice Department, Loretta Lynch, Politics

October 13th, 2016 by Staff Writer

“We’re going to turn him into Bill Cosby,” Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s campaign CEO, said Wednesday of former President Bill Clinton.

The former Breitbart-executive-turned-campaign-operative made it clear how Team Trump plans to handle the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against the Republican presidential nominee: Launch a scorched-earth, no-holds-barred war.

Donald Trump (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Donald Trump (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

So what does Cosby have to do with anything? Bannon reportedly said the campaign plans to draw comparisons between Clinton, who has been accused by several women of sexual assault, and Cosby, who has been charged with sexual misconduct and is scheduled to go to trial next year.

And, of course, Bannon said they will focus on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, too.

“She’s led a program of victim intimidation,” he told campaign staffers, two advisors who were present reported to Bloomberg. “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,” he continued. “And she takes the lead on the intimidation of the victims.”

News of the plan comes the same day two women came forward alleging to be victims of unwanted sexual advances by Trump and yet another video from the 1990s shows the billionaire businessman telling a young girl he will be dating her “in 10 years.”

It appears the latest campaign tactic is already underway. Just before the second presidential debate Sunday night, Trump held a press conference with Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones and Kathleen Wiley — three women who have accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct. The campaign invited the women to sit toward the front of the debate hall afterward.

The meeting came two days after 2005 video dropped showing Trump telling former “Access Hollywood” host Billy Bush he can “do anything” to women because he’s famous, including “grab them by the p***y.”

This presidential race has undoubtably been dirty, but it’s going to get even dirtier, according to one Trump advisor, who admitted “we’re gonna go buck wild” between now and Election Day.

The goal isn’t necessarily addition, though. The Trump campaign hopes it can successfully soil Bill Clinton’s reputation so millennial women become unable to support the former secretary of state in November, and advisors are promising more stories and more accusers to help.

“Women are coming to us who have been groped or sexually abused by Bill Clinton,” a senior advisor said.

Buckle up, America.

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October 12th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Former Breitbart executive Stephen Bannon may have just joined Donald Trump’s campaign officially in August, but he’s been a “confidential” member of the Republican presidential nominee’s team for more than a year — and so has his news site.

“I’m Trump’s campaign manager,” Bannon wrote in an August 30, 2015, email to Hollywood screenwriting friend Julia Jones, according to a report from The Daily Beast.

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Steve Bannon (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

“OMG! Is that confidential or can I tweet it :)),” Jones replied the same day. “I am soooo impressed. Really! He couldn’t have picked a better person. OMG!”

Bannon told Jones the news was “confidential,” adding, “Don’t u ever read breitbart–its trump central.”

“[Rick] Santorum, [Ted] Cruz , [Jindal], Dr. [Ben] Carson, Carly [Fiorina] all great. Trump is a nationalist who embraces [Sen. Jeff Sessions’] immigration plan,” the ex-Breitbart boss wrote when Jones asked if Trump is “a little far left for you.”

The revelation is anything but a surprise. Breitbart — jokingly called “Trumpbart” by many in the media — has long been a safe haven for the brash billionaire. The site’s stories often read like Trump campaign talking points and it even chose to side with the candidate when former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was accused of assaulting Michelle Fields, who was a Breitbart reporter at the time, in March of this year.

But in an email to The Daily Beast, Alexandra Preate, a spokeswoman for Bannon, said the conservative media personality “is not nor has ever been ‘campaign manager.’” Instead, she said he is a “volunteer — as CEO.”

Conservative pollster Kellyanne Conway is technically Trump’s campaign manager. However, Bannon has become one of Trump’s closest confidants over this tumultuous battle for the White House.

Bannon was in the room when Trump spoke with former President Bill Clinton’s sexual assault accusers ahead of Sunday night’s presidential debate and is likely on board with the real estate developer’s apparent decision to go to battle with members of the Republican Party, specifically House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

According to a report from The Hill, Bannon isn’t a big fan of Ryan, either. A source close to Breitbart told the outlet Bannon would often refer to the speaker as “the enemy” in conference calls and wrote in a December 2015 email that the “long game” for his site was for Ryan to be “gone” by spring.

“He goes on these amazing rants,” the source said. “He thinks Paul Ryan is part of a conspiracy with George Soros and Paul Singer, in which elitists want to bring one world government.”

It appears those bold thoughts could be rubbing off on Trump, who called Ryan, the senior most Republican in the U.S., a “weak and ineffective leader” Tuesday.

Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016

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October 4th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Feminism took a big hit under President Bill Clinton, according to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.

“Feminism sort of died in that period,” she told Yahoo News host Katie Couric Monday. “Because the feminists had to come along with Bill Clinton’s retrogressive behavior with women in order to protect the progressive policies for women that Bill Clinton had as president.”

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JOE RAEDLE/AFP/Getty Images

During the height of the scandal surrounding Clinton’s extramarital affairs, Dowd argued the women’s rights movement was damaged by the former president calling on his wife and other women in his administration to defend him and deny the many accusations against him.

“All of these amazing, accomplished women that worked around him were kind of called to support him. And it’s almost a class issue, because they would put these women down on class or — in Monica [Lewinsky]‘s case — they would say she’s a delusional stalker,” Dowd said, speaking of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala.

She later told the Yahoo anchor that the women in Clinton’s White House should not have been required to defend the then-president’s actions in order to see pro-women policies advanced. Dowd referred to the exchange as a “Faustian deal.”

The conversation between Dowd and Couric comes as Donald Trump and his surrogates bring up the issue on the campaign trail, knocking Hillary Clinton for the ways she treated the women with which her husband had affairs.

“I know that Hillary’s campaign says that, you know, it’s old, and we shouldn’t be paying any attention,” Dowd commented, “but I do think feminism died a little bit.”

Watch the interview below:

(H/T: Washington Examiner)


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October 2nd, 2016 by Staff Writer

A man crashed a Fox News “Fox and Friends” dog segment Saturday morning to repeatedly yell, “Bill Clinton is a rapist.”

The man, who looked to be in his 20′s, hopped onto a security barrier to reveal a shirt adorned with former president Bill Clinton’s face above the word “rape.”

That’s when he yelled, “Bill Clinton is a rapist” five times before security guards were able to forcibly remove him.

“We’ve got a very excited young man behind us,” show co-host Tucker Carlson joked.

According to The Hill media reporter Joe Concha, the incident is linked to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who just this week offered $5,000 to any person who went on live national TV and called Clinton a “rapist” while wearing the shirt.

The shirt, according to Concha, is also linked to Jones and Roger Stone, a surrogate of Republican nominee Donald Trump.

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September 30th, 2016 by Staff Writer

CNN host Jake Tapper laid into Donald Trump and his campaign advisors Thursday, telling one of the Republican presidential nominee’s supporters that he is “surrounded by a philanderers club.”

The accusation came amid reports that Trump may be gearing up for an attack against Clinton on her husband former President Bill Clinton’s sexual impropriety when he was in the White House.

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Spencer Platt/Getty Images

“It doesn’t seem to me that Donald Trump, whose extramarital exploits filled tabloid after tabloid in the ’80s and ’90s and more, has really that much of a moral high ground when it comes to the question of his rival’s husband‘s infidelity,” Tapper said. “What am I missing here?”

Kayleigh McEnany, a Trump backer and CNN contributor, agreed that Trump should not go after his Democratic rival on the issue, but suggested his top surrogates should discuss the topic instead. However, that led the CNN anchor to intensely critique the marital histories of the GOP candidate’s senior advisors.

“Which people ‘around him’ should bring it up? Roger Alies? Steve Bannon? Rudy Giuliani? Newt Gingrich?” Tapper asked. “I mean, he is surrounded by a philanderers club. Why would any of these people have any leg to stand on when it comes to this sort of thing?”

McEnany said Trump should deploy his female surrogates to attack Clinton on the issue, noting that his campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, said Thursday it is “fair game” to criticize Clinton for the way she dealt with the women who accused her husband of propositioning them.

“There are women out there who are very hurt,” she said, “and when Hillary Clinton says she’s for sexual assault victims but hasn’t practiced that in her own life, I think women conservatives — on the airwaves — should be pointing [that] out.”

Watch the exchange below:


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September 13th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Though Bill Clinton said it is rare, the former president admitted Monday that Hillary Clinton has experienced similar medical episodes “on more than one occasion” over the years.

“Rarely, but on more than one occasion, over the last many, many years, the same sort of thing’s happened to her when she got severely dehydrated,” Bill Clinton told CBS’ Charlie Rose of the Democratic presidential nominee. “And she’s worked like a demon, as you know, as Secretary of State, as a senator, and in the year since.”

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The former president’s comments to Rose come amid some confusion about what sparked his wife’s collapse when she left a 9/11 memorial service in New York City early Sunday.

When the collapse first occurred, it was reported by Hillary Clinton’s campaign that the presidential candidate was simply overheated and needed to get indoors. Shortly thereafter, staffers said Hillary Clinton was dehydrated.

Several hours later, the campaign revealed that Hillary Clinton received a pneumonia diagnosis on Friday, but said the Democrat had hoped to power through the illness.

In a phone interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper Monday night, Hillary Clinton seemed to walk back some of what her husband said about the dehydration spells, telling the host she thinks it has only happened twice. She also told Cooper she did not actually pass out, as has been reported.

“I felt dizzy, and I did lose my balance for a minute,” Hillary Clinton said. “But once I got in [the vehicle], once I could sit down, once I could cool off, once I had some water, I immediately started feeling better.”

Hillary Clinton says she didn’t pass out, but she did feel dizzy https://t.co/UYpqI3w42L https://t.co/5dJQcHxE0E

— CNN (@CNN) September 13, 2016


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August 19th, 2016 by Staff Writer

The Clinton Foundation will cease to accept donations from foreign and corporate entities if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency in November.

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Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

Former President Bill Clinton informed foundation staffers of the decision Thursday during a meeting where he also announced that the Clinton Global Initiative will hold its final meeting in September, regardless of the election’s outcome in the fall, according to anonymous participants who spoke to The Associated Press.

If his wife becomes president in January, Bill Clinton said the family foundation will only accept donations from U.S. citizens and independent charities.

The foundation will continue its work, the former commander in chief said, but will be refocusing its efforts during a process that could take more than a year to complete.


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August 18th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine is now on board with Hillary Clinton, but in the early 2000s, he said former President Bill Clinton should have resigned following his affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

According to The Daily Beast, which first broke the story, the Democratic vice presidential nominee was speaking to a similar scandal surrounding former Virginia state congressman Vance Wilkins when he commented on the infamous Clinton impropriety.

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks to voters during a campaign event August 1, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia. Kaine returns to campaign in a homecoming rally after he was picked to be the running mate of Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks to voters during a campaign event August 1, 2016 in Richmond, Virginia. Kaine returns to campaign in a homecoming rally after he was picked to be the running mate of Hillary Clinton. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“If the allegations are true, he should definitely resign,” Kaine said of Vance in 2002, according to the Richmond-Times Dispatch archive, noting he believed the same about Clinton during the Lewinsky scandal.

In a separate interview with the Associated Press, Kaine said, “My reaction was the same I had when I read about the Clinton-Lewinsky affair: this is not appropriate conduct. It’s beneath the dignity of the office.”

Kaine confirmed the legitimacy of his comments Wednesday, telling local Iowa news station KWWL-TV the reports about his past comments are “not inaccurate.” He told reporter Kristin Rogers, though he “was disappointed,” there is “no reason to re-litigate problems of 20 years ago.”

“So as I’m campaigning all across the country people are saying, ‘What do we do to get an economy growing again with prosperity that’s shared?’ ‘How do we make sure we are strong in the nation we’re strong alliances in the world?’ ‘How do we make sure we build up a community of respect?’” Kaine said.

“Past controversies aren’t really important to the voters. They want to know what we are going to do tomorrow,” he added.

See Kaine’s comments to Rogers below:

(H/T: New York Post)


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August 18th, 2016 by Staff Writer

The feminist website Wonkette published a piece Monday in which the writer acknowledges that Bill Clinton “could very well have raped” Juanita Broaddrick — but added that it doesn’t make the former president “evil.”

Bill Clinton on a visit to Juanita Broaddrick's (right) nursing home in Van Buren, Arkansas in 1978. (Getty Images)

Bill Clinton on a visit to Juanita Broaddrick’s (right) nursing home in Van Buren, Arkansas, in 1978. (Getty Images)

In an article bearing the headline “Let’s Talk About Juanita Broaddrick,” writer Rebecca Schoenkopf addresses Broadrick’s allegation that Clinton raped her in an Arkansas hotel room 40 years ago. She acknowledges the “contemporaneous evidence,” including some of Broaddrick’s friends claiming to have seen her crying and with bruised lips not long after the alleged incident occurred.

While Schoenkopf doesn’t buy the allegation that Clinton’s wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, knew about or tried to keep Broaddrick quiet about the alleged rape, she does give some credence to the accusation against the former president.

“To sum up, I think Bill Clinton could very well have raped Juanita Broaddrick,” Schoenkopf wrote, “that it doesn’t make him an evil man, or irredeemable.”

“I’m Catholic; we’re all forgiven, if we’re sorry, and Broaddrick says Bill Clinton personally called her up to apologize,” the writer noted parenthetically, adding, “It doesn’t even necessarily make him a bad feminist — you know, later, once he stops doing that.”

The decades-old sexual harassment and rape allegations against the former president made headlines earlier this year after Broaddrick sent out a tweet reminding voters that “it never goes away.”

I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73….it never goes away.

— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Republican rival, Donald Trump, dredged up the controversy earlier in the presidential campaign, calling attention to old questions about the behavior of the Democratic nominee’s husband.

The Clinton campaign recently removed a line from its website that said women who claim to have been raped have the right to be believed.

(H/T: Daily Caller)

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August 13th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Taking questions from reporters at an event in Las Vegas Friday evening, former President Bill Clinton said what he really thinks about the whole email controversy swirling around Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, saying the whole scandal is the “biggest load of bull.”

The former commander in chief was supposed to be concluding the session, but insisted on remaining to answer one more question at the Asian American Journalists Association national convention. The questioner, who identified himself as a Democrat who loves Bill Clinton and would be voting for Hillary Clinton in November, asked why Americans should trust the Democratic nominee when she lied about her emails, CNN reported.

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Bill Clinton insisted none of the reporting about the issue was true before offering a fiery defense on his spouse’s behalf.

“First of all, the FBI director said when he testified before Congress, he had to amend his previous day’s statement that she had never received any emails that are classified,” he said. “They saw two little notes with a ‘C’ on it — this is the biggest load of bull I ever heard — that were about telephone calls that she needed to make and the State Department typically puts a little ‘C’ on it to discourage people from discussing it in public in the event the secretary of state, whoever it is, doesn’t make a phone call.”

The ex-president went on to tell the questioner that the system for dealing with classified emails is “too complicated to explain to people,” adding that it’s clear the former secretary of state was never careless with sensitive information that could impact national security.

“Do you really believe there are 300 career diplomats because that’s how many people were on these emails, all of whom were careless with national security? Do you believe that?” Bill Clinton asked. “Forget about Hillary, forget about her. Is that conceivable?”

Further backing up his argument, Bill Clinton noted the large number of Republicans, notably those in the national security world, who have offered their endorsement of Hillary Clinton in recent weeks. He said there are many who have spent their entire careers in national security who believe “she’s the only person that you can trust.”

“If it was something to worry about, would President Bush 41’s national security adviser, Admiral [Brent] Scowcroft, have endorsed Hillary? Would Gen. Colin Powell’s assistant at the State Department have endorsed Hillary?” Bill Clinton asked. “Would a 33-year CIA veteran who was acting director of the CIA and said he’d never declared party and voted for Republicans as well as Democrats have endorsed Hillary? You should ask them, would everybody who’s ever worked with her be for her if she were not trustworthy?”

Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state has been a big issue in her presidential campaign as it has hurt her numbers when it comes to ratings on honesty and trustworthiness.

Earlier this summer, FBI Director James Comey concluded he would not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over the emails, but said the presidential hopeful was “extremely careless” in her use of a private email server.

Watch a portion of Bill Clinton’s comments below:


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August 10th, 2016 by Staff Writer

State Department officials are attempting to block the release of Bill Clinton’s speaking schedules by characterizing the former president as a “private citizen,” the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.

According to Politico, the onetime commander in chief was required to seek approval from the State Department for his speaking engagements abroad while his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, served as secretary of state in order to prevent a conflict of interest.

The Republican National Committee filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking the release of the records of his engagements and received 14 heavily redacted pages.

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention on July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 28. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

RNC spokesman Raj Shah told the Examiner that the State Department has claimed that the former president is now a private citizen and should not be held to the same disclosure standards as public officials.

“Claiming that he’s a private citizen is laughable in that context,” Shah said, adding that the former president’s schedules “were circulated throughout the State Department” during his wife’s tenure as secretary of state.

Shah also alleged that the State Department is attempting to stall the release of the former president’s speaking schedules until after the election, delaying most of the records from being released until 2018.

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July 27th, 2016 by Staff Writer

In a series of tweets posted Tuesday evening, billionaire Mark Cuban suggested Donald Trump hasn’t released his tax returns because Hillary Clinton actually makes more money than he does.

In fact, the Dallas Mavericks owner wondered if the Clintons paid more in taxes than the Republican presidential nominee has made in income. According to her tax returns, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, paid nearly $44 million in federal taxes on $141.9 million in income earned between 2007 and 2014.

1) Lots of people concerned how much money the Clinton’s have made. More interesting to me they have paid 43mm IN TAXES since 2007

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 26, 2016

2) I’d bet the 43mm in TAXES the Clinton’s paid is not only more taxes than @realDonaldTrump has paid. I’d bet they made more too

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 26, 2016

5) maybe @realDonaldTrump didn’t release his taxes become @HillaryClinton paid more in taxes than @realDonaldTrump made in income ?

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 26, 2016

Cuban also hit Trump on his frequent claim that the U.S. doesn’t make good deals and needs a better deal maker. He asserted the Clintons are “much smarter business people and negotiators” than Trump.

3) it’s not a tough argument looking at their taxes and fec filings that the Clinton’s are much smarter business people and negotiators

— Mark Cuban (@mcuban) July 26, 2016

Trump has been criticized by many Democrats and several fellow Republicans — including 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney — for not releasing his tax returns.

The Republican candidate has argued he cannot release his returns because he is currently being audited by the IRS. But the agency has said the release of his tax returns would not interfere with the work it is doing.

This is not the first time Cuban has questioned the validity of Trump’s claim that he is a billionaire.

“If [Donald Trump] were fractionally as rich as he says he is, he would write a $200 [million] check to propel his campaign,” he tweeted last month. “He doesn’t have the cash.”


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July 1st, 2016 by Staff Writer

According to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, her seemingly impromptu meeting with former President Bill Clinton earlier this week was “primarily social,” but conservative talker Rush Limbaugh isn’t convinced.

“I did see President Clinton at the Phoenix airport as he was leaving, and he spoke to myself and my husband on the plane,” Lynch told Phoenix news outlet KNXV-TV Monday. “Our conversation was a great deal about his grandchildren. It was primarily social, about our travels and he mentioned golf he played in Phoenix.”

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But Limbaugh feels a few too many things lined up for the meeting, which has been criticized given the fact Lynch is overseeing an investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, to be a spontaneous social call.

“So [Bill] Clinton just happens to be told that Loretta Lynch is arriving soon when he just happens to be arriving to depart at Sky Harbor International Airport?” Limbaugh asked during his radio show Thursday. “[W]e are supposed to believe here that Bill Clinton, a 70-year-old man with a history of heart trouble, played golf in Phoenix where it was 108, 110 degrees?”

Limbaugh doesn’t seem to buy Lynch’s recanting of the meeting. Instead, he feels the discussion — which the radio personality believes was intended to be clandestine — involved Bill Clinton blackmailing Lynch, telling her to drop the email issue all together.

During his program, Limbaugh posed another possibility, in which Bill Clinton praised the attorney general and reminded her he “was one of the people that told Barack Obama to put you in this job,” adding that he’s been one of her “champions” for “I can’t tell you how long.”

Limbaugh, creating his view of the meeting, invoked a highly-controversial moment in 2008, when Bill Clinton reportedly told late Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy that the only reason people supported then Sen. Barack Obama was because of his race, adding that, a few years ago, the Chicago politician “would be getting us coffee.” Many suggested the flub cost Hillary Clinton an endorsement from the liberal giant.

“It wasn’t that long ago, and he got mad at it, Loretta,” Limbaugh said, impersonating what Clinton might have told Lynch. “But I’m telling you, things haven’t changed, it’s still that way, and if you want to keep it that way, you know this email thing? It doesn’t exist. Just broom it, Loretta. Just forget about it.  Ain’t nothing there.”

“Nothing to see. Tell [FBI Director James] Comey. No matter what he wants, you don’t have any evidence. That’s it. It’s been great seeing you. It was fun playing golf. I hope your grandkids are doing great,” he continued his impression. “[I] gotta go. Don’t forget what I told you, Loretta. And remember who put you here. Remember how you got here. And remember how easy, Loretta, it would be to send you somewhere else.”

According to the local news report, Lynch was in Phoenix for a planned visit as part of her national tour to promote community policing, and the run-in with the former president was just happenstance. The discussion took place on Lynch’s plane.

Regardless of what really happened during the talk, it has been criticized by many on both side of the aisle, including David Axelrod, Obama’s former chief strategist, who said the meeting was “foolish.”


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May 25th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman Katrina Pierson was repeatedly pressed by CNN host Wolf Blitzer Tuesday over the real estate mogul’s conflicting positions on the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton.

Blitzer played Pierson a 2007 video clip of Trump calling the impeachment “nonsense” and asked Pierson to respond.

“As a private citizen, when you are talking about someone you know and you are a friend with, that’s something you would say,” she said.

“At the time, he said it was nonsense,” Blitzer replied. “The whole impeachment process. He said, in that same interview — you know what else he said? He said the then-president of the United States, George W. Bush, he should be impeached for getting the U.S. involved in the war in Iraq.”

“But Wolf, you and I both know, as a private citizen you are not privy to a lot of the information you might be as a journalist or as someone might be as a sitting politician,” Pierson argued.

“But all the information we knew then in 2007, we’ve known that,” Blitzer countered. “We’ve known what happened in 1993, ’94, ’95, ’98.”

“But you don’t know what Mr. Trump knew at that time,” Pierson said. “You can project that onto him. But not everyone sits down and watches cable news 24/7 either. Mr. Trump was very busy building an empire.”

That argument didn’t quell Blitzer’s line of inquiry and he continued to press Pierson.

“In 2007 when I interviewed him, they said they tried to impeach him which was ‘nonsense.’ Does he still believe that? That it was ‘nonsense’ to try to impeach then-President Bill Clinton?” the CNN host asked.

“No, he actually brings that up and mentions that Bill Clinton was impeached because that’s extremely important because this is the same individual that we’re talking about putting back into the White House,” Pierson said.

“So what is his position now? Was it appropriate to impeach him?” Blitzer pressed.

“Well, back then, again according to the information he had at the time and as a friend, as a private citizen, he thought it was nonsense,” Pierson said. “At this point in time, yes. He lied. Everybody knows that now.”

“But everybody — in 2007 when he said that we all knew what happened during the impeachment process. We all knew what happened—,” Blitzer noted before Pierson interjected.

“But again, he was also a friend and a private citizen just defending a friend,” the Trump spokeswoman claimed.

“You know, it seems to me that in 2007 he knew what happened in 1998, 1999, during the impeachment process. Right? The whole world was watching it live on TV. … It’s not like anything new came out between 1998, 1999 and 2007,” Blitzer shot back.

“But the fact remains that he was a private citizen as well as a friend just defending a friend,” Pierson insisted. “That doesn’t change no matter what happened prior to ’97 or after. Today, he acknowledges that yes, this was definitely a problem and we are looking at putting the same man back into the White House.”

“But the point is the information doesn’t change if you are a private citizen saying something in 2007—,” Blitzer countered.

“But the way you respond does,” Pierson said.

“What do you mean the way you respond?” Blitzer asked.

“Because if you’re a friend—,” Pierson said before being cut off by Blitzer.

“Did he not mean it in 2007 when he said impeachment was ‘nonsense’?” the CNN host asked.

“They were friends, Wolf. Absolutely,” Pierson said.

“So he now means it? It wasn’t nonsense?” Blitzer continued to press. “Is that what you’re saying. That because he’s a politician now he says something different than when he was a private citizen?”

“He’s being honest. He’s being honest,” Pierson said.

“When is he being honest? In 2007 when he said it was ‘nonsense’ or is he being honest now?” Blitzer asked.

“When you are being a friend and a private citizen, you defend your friend. That’s what he did,” Pierson reiterated. “Today, it is a problem because Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath for doing things inappropriate with an intern at the White House. Is it the same person we are going to put in the White House again? I don’t think so. The criticism is there because it’s really simple. At that time, he was a friend.”

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May 24th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Donald Trump once again injected a conspiracy theory into the 2016 campaign cycle, saying in an interview published Monday that he found the death of former Clinton White House aide to be “very fishy.”

The presumptive Republican nominee told The Washington Post last week that the suicide of Vincent Foster was a “very serious” issue and appeared dubious.

“He had intimate knowledge of what was going on,” Trump told the newspaper. “He knew everything that was going on and then all of a sudden he committed suicide.”

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“I don’t bring [Foster] up because I don’t know enough to really discuss it. I will say there are people who continue to bring it up because they think it was absolutely a murder,” he added. “I don’t do that because I don’t think it’s fair.”

Throughout the campaign, Trump has shown a readiness to float conspiracy theories about his rivals.

When he battled Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the brash billionaire suggested the Texas senator’s father was connected to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Trump later, however, said he never believed the accusations, but simply wanted to “let people read it.”

Trump has also fiercely gone after former President Bill Clinton, taking repeated jabs at his sexual misconduct. On Monday he released an Instagram video featuring the voices of women seemingly accusing Clinton of abuse.

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May 19th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Donald Trump raised the allegation of “rape” against former President Bill Clinton during an hour-long interview with Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity on Wednesday.

The remark came as the two discussed a controversial New York Times story on Trump’s relationship with women that was published over the weekend.

Hannity wondered if journalists at the Times planned on interviewing the women who have accused Clinton of sexual misconduct.

“Are they going to interview Juanita Broderick? Are they going to interview Paula Jones? Are they going to interview Kathleen Willey?” the Fox News host asked during the interview.

“In one case, it’s about exposure,” Hannity added. “In another case, it’s about groping and fondling and touching against a woman’s will.”

“And rape,” Trump piled on.

“And rape,” Hannity echoed.

“And big settlements, massive settlements,” Trump added.

Juanita Broaddrick previously accused Clinton of rape in 1999. Earlier this year, she took to Twitter to make the allegation again, writing that the former president “raped” her.

I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73….it never goes away.

— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 6, 2016

Earlier this month, Trump said at a rally that “nobody in this country, and maybe in the history of the country, politically, was worse than Bill Clinton with women.” At the same event, he called Hillary Clinton a “total enabler.”

A spokesperson for the Clinton campaign did not immediately respond Wednesday night to Trump’s latest comment.

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May 19th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Donald Trump raised the allegation of “rape” against former President Bill Clinton during an hour-long interview with Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity on Wednesday.

The remark came as the two discussed a controversial New York Times story on Trump’s relationship with women that was published over the weekend.

Hannity wondered if journalists at the Times planned on interviewing the women who have accused Clinton of sexual misconduct.

“Are they going to interview Juanita Broderick? Are they going to interview Paula Jones? Are they going to interview Kathleen Willey?” the Fox News host asked during the interview.

“In one case, it’s about exposure,” Hannity added. “In another case, it’s about groping and fondling and touching against a woman’s will.”

“And rape,” Trump piled on.

“And rape,” Hannity echoed.

“And big settlements, massive settlements,” Trump added.

Juanita Broaddrick previously accused Clinton of rape in 1999. Earlier this year, she took to Twitter to make the allegation again, writing that the former president “raped” her.

I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me. I am now 73….it never goes away.

— Juanita Broaddrick (@atensnut) January 6, 2016

Earlier this month, Trump said at a rally that “nobody in this country, and maybe in the history of the country, politically, was worse than Bill Clinton with women.” At the same event, he called Hillary Clinton a “total enabler.”

A spokesperson for the Clinton campaign did not immediately respond Wednesday night to Trump’s latest comment.

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May 18th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Who is responsible for revitalizing the American economy — President Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan?

That was the question that undergirded the tense debate that broke out Tuesday between Fox News hosts Eric Bolling and Juan Williams.

Image source: Fox News/YouTube

Image source: Fox News/YouTube

Williams stood by, listening to Bolling’s assertion that the only reason the economy thrived under Bill Clinton’s presidency was because of the success of “Reaganomics” four years before his administration took the reins.

In addition, Bolling claimed that the only reason Hillary Clinton said she will put her husband in charge of the economy is because he “deregulated Wall Street” during his tenure, and she is signaling that she will do the same, if she wins in November.

At that point, Williams asked Bolling if, according to his reasoning, Reagan was only successful because of former President Jimmy Carter.

“This is very curious to me,” Williams said.” So, according to this theory, Jimmy Carter is the one who is to get responsibility and all the credit for what Ronald Reagan did in the ’80s.”

“I learn so much on this show every day,” he jokingly added.

Bolling told Williams to “stick to your numbers” because “none of that is accurate.”

Fox News co-host Greg Gutfeld then sought to redirect the conversation back toward the Clintons, noting that he found it odd Hillary Clinton would put her husband in charge of the economy.

“I just assumed she wouldn’t take the backseat to any man, especially Bill,” he remarked.

Watch the exchange below (relevant portion begins around 3:15):


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May 17th, 2016 by Staff Writer

One day after Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton revealed that she plans to put former President Bill Clinton in charge of “economic realization” if she becomes president, Fox News host Dana Perino announced she has a problem with that.

Perino, who served as former President George W. Bush’s White House press secretary, took issue with the fact that voters would be electing the first female president, yet a man would lead on the “most important issue.”

bugging me – HRC says Bill would run Econ/jobs. So we’re supposed to want to elect first woman so her husband can head up most imp issue?

— Dana Perino (@DanaPerino) May 16, 2016

And others on Twitter seemed to largely agree with Perino’s assertion, one person telling the Fox News anchor that she found the former secretary of state’s decision to be “mind-boggling.”

@DanaPerino Mind boggling!!!

— Frank Sweeney (@FDNY22) May 16, 2016

@DanaPerino great point.

— Victor A. Micoretti (@VMicoretti) May 16, 2016

@DanaPerino Bingo! That’s what I was thinking too.

— Jimminy Cricket (@Stop_MediaLies) May 16, 2016

@DanaPerino exactly what I just said dana! Absolutely ridiculous

— paige frost (@paigemfrost23) May 16, 2016

@DanaPerino so on point. She’s just not a good candidate.

— Craig Polk (@cpolk10) May 16, 2016

@DanaPerino Ummm… Yeah. That’s pretty lame. Who’s running for President again?

— Scott (@F_ScottTaft) May 16, 2016


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Posted in Bill Clinton, Campaign 2016, Dana Perino, Fox News, Hillary Clinton, Politics

May 16th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has made it no secret that her husband, former President Bill Clinton, will play a significant role in her administration, should she win the presidency. Now, she’s getting specific.

During a campaign stop in Fort Mitchell, Alabama, Sunday, the former secretary of state was more blunt then ever about how large of a part her husband would play in her White House, telling rallygoers she plans to put Bill Clinton “in charge of economic revitalization.”

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Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

“My husband, who I am going to put in charge of revitalizing the economy, ’cause, you know, he knows how to do it,” Hillary Clinton said. “And especially in places like coal country and inner cities and other parts of the country that have been really left out.”

The Democratic delegate leader made similar remarks earlier this month during a visit to Kentucky, a state where Bill Clinton remains very popular among the largely white, working-class electorate.

“I told my husband he’s got to come out of retirement and be in charge of this because, you know, he’s got more ideas a minute than anybody I know,” Hillary Clinton said.

Over the course of the campaign season, Hillary Clinton has leaned on the former president for advice and often boasts about his economic record, praising him for increasing wages and creating jobs.

“The economy does better when you have a Democrat in the White House,” she said last October at a debate.

(H/T: ABC News)


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May 16th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday afternoon, claiming he is the victim of a media “witch hunt” currently being carried out against him.

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 08:  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on October 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)

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“The media is really on a witch-hunt against me,” the billionaire businessman tweeted. “False reporting, and plenty of it — but we will prevail!”

The media is really on a witch-hunt against me. False reporting, and plenty of it – but we will prevail!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2016

The accusation against the press is the latest in a string of tweets in which he slammed the New York Times for a Saturday story that alleged he has a history of disrespectful and inappropriate behavior toward women.

Trump slammed the “failing” news outlet for “refus[ing] to use any of the names given to them that I was so proud to have helped with their careers.”

Trump said the Times was “dishonest” because it did not contact the women who would allegedly say good things about the New York real estate developer. The reporters who wrote the story denied that claim, saying they did, in fact, include quotes in favor of Trump from women in their article.

In addition to attacking the Times, Trump sought to use the story to turn attention toward Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton’s affairs with women.

Why did the failing @nytimes refuse to use any of the names given to them that I was so proud to have helped with their careers. DISHONEST!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2016

Wow, I have had so many calls from high ranking people laughing at the stupidity of the failing @nytimes piece. Massive front page for that!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2016

Why doesn’t the failing @nytimes write the real story on the Clintons and women? The media is TOTALLY dishonest!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 15, 2016

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April 17th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Monica Lewinsky, the infamous former White House intern who engaged in a scandalous sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton, is speaking out against cyberbullying after struggling with public shame and censure for almost 20 years.

Monica Lewinsky: ‘The shame sticks to you like tar’ https://t.co/zP10tJqbeW @guardian v @aventures pic.twitter.com/7RQwV1rqgs

— Christian Thiels (@ThielsChristian) April 16, 2016

During an interview with the Guardian that was published on Saturday, Lewinsky, 42, expressed bitter regret for her actions and the consequences brought upon her in the aftermath of her affair with Clinton in the late 1990′s.

“I felt like every layer of my skin and my identity were ripped off of me in ’98 and ’99,” Lewinsky told Jon Ronson with the Guardian. “It’s a skinning of sorts. You feel incredibly raw and frightened. But I also feel like the shame sticks to you like tar.”

Lewinsky, who has given very few interviews since the affair made headlines, reportedly almost cancelled her interview with Ronson.

“I’m hesitating because I have to think through the consequences of saying this,” Lewinsky said. “I still have to manage a lot of trauma to do what I’m doing, even to come here. Any time I put myself in the hands of other people … I think it’s fair to say that whatever mistakes I made, I was hung out to dry by a lot of people – by a lot of the feminists who had loud voices. I wish it had been handled differently. It was very scary and very confusing to be a young woman thrust on to the world stage and not belonging to any group. I didn’t belong to anybody.”

In February, Lewinsky launched her own line of special anti-bullying emojis for use on Apple devices, according to Newsweek. And just last year, Lewinsky came out publicly when she spoke for a TED Talk about her experiences and advocated “for a safer and more compassionate social media environment, drawing from her unique experiences at the epicenter of a media maelstrom in 1998.”

antibullying emojis: read this article about Monica Lewinsky to find out more. it’s powerful https://t.co/xf9ZUimobo pic.twitter.com/uSROxnTt6V

— Laura Gibbs (@OnlineCrsLady) April 16, 2016

“Overnight, I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one worldwide,” Lewinsky had said. “Granted, it was before social media, but people could still comment online, email stories, and, of course, email cruel jokes. I was branded as a tramp, tart, slut, whore, bimbo, and, of course, ‘that woman’. It was easy to forget that ‘that woman’ was dimensional, had a soul, and was once unbroken.”

Lewinsky now offers advice to those who suffer from cyberbullying that she gained from her own experiences in the national spotlight.

“To be able to give a purpose to my past, if I’m stuck with my past, feels meaningful to me,” Lewinsky told the Guardian. “Integrate what has happened to you. Integrate the experience, the faster the better. There’s shame about the shame. So there’s a tendency to not want to tell someone what’s going on.”

She also added, “The fear of ostracisation strikes at the core of who we are. We cannot survive alone.”

Many social media users took to Twitter to express their support for Lewinsky and praise her for her courage in speaking out.

Great interview with @MonicaLewinsky . So happy for you, M. Your grace, courage & compassion are an inspiration. https://t.co/y1ME4rhBPY

— Cheryl Strayed (@CherylStrayed) April 16, 2016

Truly moving interview with @MonicaLewinsky (and a stark reminder of how feminists failed her) https://t.co/CYyIWDELx6

— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) April 16, 2016

If you defend your lying cheating husband while vilifying another woman- you dont pass my feminist test. Monica Lewinsky was treated badly.

— Tina-Desiree Berg (@TinaDesireeBerg) April 16, 2016

Monica Lewinsky was in her early 20s. It disgusts me how the media destroyed her overnight. She is owed an apology she’ll never get.

— Charles Clymer (@cmclymer) April 16, 2016

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Former President Bill Clinton got into a testy exchange Thursday with a group of Black Lives Matter protesters who disrupted a Philadelphia campaign event he was speaking at.

The protesters, upset about a 1996 comment Hillary Clinton made and later apologized for, shouted that “black youth are not super predators.”

The former president pushed back, casting his wife as someone who has always been deeply concerned about black lives.

“I don’t know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack and sent them out into the street to murder other African American children,” Clinton said.

He continued, “Maybe you thought they were good citizens—she didn’t. You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter. Tell the truth.”

In the 15-minute exchange, Clinton contended that his 1994 crime bill helped black youths by curtailing gang violence.

“I talked to a lot of African-American groups,” he said. “They thought black lives mattered. They said take this bill because our kids are being shot in the street by gangs. We had 13-year-old kids planning their own funerals.”

At one point, Clinton seemingly grew frustrated when the protesters tried to talk over him.

“Here’s the thing. I like protesters, but the ones that won’t let you answer are afraid of the truth,” Clinton said.

He added, “You never learn anything while you’re talking.”

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Bill Clinton said Monday that the “last eight years” in the U.S. amounted to an “awful legacy,” but a spokesman for the former president later insisted the remark wasn’t meant to be critical of President Barack Obama.

During a speech in Spokane, Washington, Clinton encouraged individuals in the audience to vote for his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, so the country could “put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us.”

[I]f you believe we can all rise together, if you believe we’ve finally come to the point where we can put the awful legacy of the last eight years behind us and the seven years before that where we were practicing trickle-down economics with no regulation in Washington, which is what caused the crash, then you should vote for her,” Clinton said.

The comment was immediately flagged by the Republican National Committee which posted the video to YouTube. “Bill Clinton Slams Obama’s ‘Awful Legacy,’” the RNC titled the video.

Tension between Clinton and Obama has certainly been rumored to exist since the 2008 election when Hillary Clinton was defeated by Obama in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Nevertheless, Clinton spokesman Angel Urena denied the former president was attacking Obama’s record. Instead, Urena insisted Clinton was referring to the “unprecedented obstruction” Obama has faced from Republicans over his two terms when he made the comment.

“President Clinton believes, and says frequently, that President Obama doesn’t get the credit he deserves for setting us back on course for economic prosperity,” Urena said in a statement provided to TheBlaze. “When Republicans controlled the White House, their trickle-down approach drove our economy to the brink of a collapse.

“After President Obama was elected, Republicans made it their number one goal to block him at every turn,” he added. “That unprecedented obstruction these last eight years is their legacy, and the American people should reject it by electing Hillary Clinton to build on President Obama’s success so we can all grow and succeed together.”

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated with comment from Clinton’s spokesman.

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Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton was heckled during a Sunday town hall by a New Hampshire state representative over sexual impropriety accusations against Bill Clinton.

Image source: CNN/YouTube

Image source: CNN/YouTube

While Clinton has addressed similar questions from audience members with smiles and quick answers, this time she appeared annoyed.

“You are very rude and I’m not never ever going to call on you,” Clinton told Katherine Prudhomme O’Brien, who tried several times to get Clinton’s attention from her seat a few feet from the front of the room. “Thank you.”

Clinton’s reply drew applause from the room.

After the town hall, O’Brien — a Republican — told CNN on camera she was trying to ask Hillary Clinton about sexual accusations against Bill Clinton that made headlines when he was in office.

“I asked her how in the world she can say that Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Wiley are lying when she has no idea who Juanita Broaddrick is,” O’Brien told CNN. “She told me this summer she doesn’t know who she is and doesn’t want to know who she is. How can she assess that they are lying, which she told someone last month?”

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Katherine Prudhomme O’Brien (Image source: CNN/YouTube)

Clinton has said during her campaign that rape victims “have the right to be believed” — which detractors have said is hypocritical given that Broaddrick in 1999 accused Clinton of rape when she volunteered on his first gubernatorial campaign in 1978. Willey, a volunteer at the White House, said Clinton lied under oath when he denied claims that he groped her in the Oval Office.

“She says that rape victims should be believed,” O’Brien told CNN. “I agree with her, that’s true, they should be believed and we should assess what they are saying, she doesn’t even want to assess it.”

Clinton was asked during a campaign stop last month if Broaddrick, Willey and Paula Jones — who sued Bill Clinton over sexual harassment while he was governor of Arkansas and got $850,000 from him to drop the suit — should be believed as well.

“Well, I would say that everybody should be believed at first until they are disbelieved based on evidence,” a smiling Clinton replied to a round of applause after that question.

O’Brien added to CNN that she’s a rape survivor and was a Democrat until she saw the “hypocrisy” of what happened during Clinton’s presidency.

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Former President Bill Clinton’s childhood home in Arkansas was damaged early Christmas morning by a fire — and authorities suspect the cause to be arson.

Firefighters were first alerted to the blaze at around 3:20 a.m. after a driver passing by noticed the flames, Hope Police Chief J.R. Wilson said, according to USA Today.

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When on scene, firefighters noticed graffiti on the outside of the home and said it appeared to have been started on an exterior wall.

“We suspect arson, because of the point of origin,” Wilson said, according to USA Today. “Also, there was strong smell of accelerant at the point of the origin of what appeared … to smell like gasoline.”

“We suspect arson, because of the point of origin.”

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Police spotted a painted frown with a tongue sticking out painted on the side of the building. It had “XX” gratified above it.

“We have not seen this graffiti before,” Wilson said. “It has no meaning to us. From my perspective, with the graffiti that was drawn and how the arson occurred, I would highly suspect a juvenile or juveniles.”

USA Today reported that National Park Service officials have taken over the investigation. Officials say the fire caused little damage.

“The good thing is that the home remains structurally sound,” Wilson said. “If you look at it from the road, you can’t even tell a fire has occurred.”

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CNN host Don Lemon cut a guest’s mic and ended a news segment Tuesday after the conservative commentator refused to stop bringing up former President Bill Clinton’s sex life.

Columnist Kurt Schlichter was invited on Lemon’s program to discuss Donald Trump’s recent remarks about Hillary Clinton’s brief disappearance from Saturday night’s debate. Trump said Monday the reason for Clinton’s brief absence was too “disgusting” to talk about.

But Schlichter, who said he doesn’t support Trump’s candidacy, refused to condemn the Republican frontrunner. Instead, he repeatedly contended the billionaire’s brash rhetoric pales in comparison to Bill Clinton, who “turned the Oval Office into a frat house and used his intern as a humidor.”

Lemon rejected Schlichter argument and asked him to stay on topic and discuss Hillary Clinton, not the actions of her husband.

“I’d like to bring Hillary Clinton’s actions into it. When she was given the choice of standing with a serial sexual abuser—” Schlichter shot back.

Lemon interjected, “Stop, stop, stop, stop! That’s not fair. That’s not fair. Can we stop that please?”

“It is not fair. It is a low blow,” Lemon added.

The CNN host, seemingly talking to his producer and Schlichter simultaneously, continued: “Yes, I want to end this. This is the lowest of the low and it has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton. It is just a cheap shot. Will you turn him off? Thank you. Will you please end this? Thank you, we’re done.”

(H/T: Mediaite)

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Bill Clinton turned to Twitter during the first Democratic debate to show how he was watching the political showdown unfold.

What happens in Vegas…is I watch @HillaryClinton prove she’s the most qualified candidate for POTUS. #ImWithHer pic.twitter.com/ax1d56Whwt

— Bill Clinton (@billclinton) October 14, 2015

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