Heading into Sunday night’s presidential debate, the question on everyone’s mind was simple: How was Donald Trump going to react, after video of him bragging about sexual assault was published on Friday?
Two hours before the debate began, Trump gave the world a preview by holding a bizarre press conference where he was flanked by Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, and Kathleen Willey, three women who have accused former President Bill Clinton of inappropriate or illegal sexual contact. Also there was Kathy Shelton, who claims that during her time as a lawyer, Hillary Clinton was responsible for reducing the prison sentence of the man who raped her as a child.
True to his word, in the early moment’s of the actual debate, Trump did just that. And yeah, it was just as gross and uncomfortable as you might expect.
“There’s never been anybody in the history of politics in this nation that’s been so abusive to women. So, you can say anyway you want to say it, but Bill Clinton was abusive to women.” (Bill is not, in fact, running for president.)
But Trump wasn’t finished, seeking to paint Hillary with the same brush he’d just used on her husband.
“Hillary Clinton attacked those same women,” he claimed, foreheads across the United States were smacked in cacophonous union. “Attacked them viciously,” Trump continued, adding “four of them here tonight.”
“When Hillary brings up a point like that, and she talks about words I said 11 years ago. I think it’s disgraceful,” Trump finished. “And I think she should be ashamed of herself, if you want to know the truth.”
Don’t worry Donald. We’re all ashamed. Just, not for the reason you were hoping for.