Since January, Donald Trump has attacked Hillary Clinton as an “enabler” of Bill Clinton’s sexual misadventures, including Clinton’s alleged rape of Juanita Broaddrick. He has repeatedly said that the reason Hillary qualifies as an “enabler” is that she has publicly attacked and said mean and nasty things about Clinton’s accusers:
Eugene, Oregon (CNN) Donald Trump on Friday accused Hillary Clinton of being “an unbelievably nasty, mean enabler” of her husband’s alleged affairs and accused her of destroying the lives of his accusers.
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“She’s been the total enabler. She would go after these women and destroy their lives,” Trump said, adding, “She was an unbelievably nasty, mean enabler, and what she did to a lot of those women is disgraceful.”
Hey, guess who else went after the accusers of Bill Clinton and said unbelievably nasty things about them in the press in the 90s? If you guessed Donald Trump, you are 100% correct.
But that’s not the best part – the best part is that Trump’s apparent defense for this hypocrisy is… wait for it… that he was Bill Clinton’s friend at the time:
Rough transcript follows:
Cuomo: Here are two reasons I think it’s bad for him. One, hypocrite, two, glass houses. He defended Bill Clinton for years. He said the same allegations you guys are talking about now were a waste of time, were wrong, were hollow, that Bill Clinton was a terrific guy, that he was a great President, that the impeachment was wrong, that it was a waste of time…
Cohen: And Hillary Clinton said Donald Trump was one of the smartest, best businessmen in the United States on several occasions, now she’s attacking him…
Cuomo: But hold on a second.. [crosstalk] so she’s bad too, but isn’t he bad for saying Bill Clinton is great and now going after him?
Cohen: All he’s doing is he’s giving the facts.
Cuomo: No, no, no. He knew the facts then, in the 90s when this was all happening, and he said it was all BS!
Cohen: He was a private citizen who was friendly with the Clintons and he was trying to protect a friend. Alright? Now, it’s a different game. It’s 2016, he’s the Presidential… [crosstalk] …
Cuomo: So he was lying then?
Cohen: He’s not lying, he’s protecting a friend, there’s a difference.
Cuomo: What is the difference?
Cohen: The difference is, he was being a true friend, he was, it didn’t matter to him at that point in time.
Cuomo: So he would be friends with a guy who he thought was a piece of crap, basically, is that what you’re saying?
Cohen: What he, what his relationship is with his wife, is between the two of them. Now it’s different. They’re attacking Mr. Trump on a daily basis…
Cuomo: Why is he going after stuff he used to defend the guy with? He called Paula Jones a loser!
Cohen: Do you know what the difference is? His, the ad that he put out against the Clintons is legitimate, the one she put out against him is inaccurate.
Cuomo: He says it’s illegitimate. He said it in the 90s. He said Linda Tripp was a lying loser.
Cohen: Let’s talk about 2016…
Cuomo: The personification of evil.
Cohen: Let’s talk about 2016, Chris. We’re not going to talk about 1990 when he was defending Bill Clinton because it didn’t matter (Ed note – one wonders at the point of this entire line of attack).
Cuomo: Why would I trust you if you say that all of the things that you said then were false?
Cohen: He’s a private citizen, he was a private individual…
Cuomo: So you tell the truth when you’re a politician but you lie when you’re a private individual?
Cohen: He had no obligation to say anything to anybody.
Cuomo: But he said plenty.
Cohen: So what? Because he’s Donald Trump.
Cuomo: But that’s the record of what you believe
Cohen: No, no, no no. (Ed. Note – A Trump spokesman just disagreed, on the record, with the proposition that the things Donald Trump says are a record of what he believes). He was standing up for a man who he considered to be a friend at the time.
Cuomo: So, he was saying things that he knew was untrue at the time.
Cuomo: Did he believe them to be true at the time?
Cohen: I don’t think he knew the answer, he was standing up for a friend.
Cuomo: Called Paula Jones [crosstalk] Called Linda Tripp the “personification of evil,” he didn’t know what he was talking about?
Cohen: The person who called all of them the worst was Hillary Clinton, the great enabler.
Cuomo: This is about your guy, what he said, Paula Jones is a loser and she may be responsible for bringing down the President indirectly. Did he know it or did he not know it?
Cohen: You’ll have to ask him that question.
There’s so much to make fun of here I don’t even know where to begin. Let’s just start and end with this – if Trump’s defense is that he was being a “true friend” to Bill Clinton and standing up for him regardless of whether the accusations that he was a rapist and serial sexual harasser were true, why isn’t that an even more compelling defense for Hillary Clinton? I mean, after all, she was married to Bill Clinton.
If it’s somehow praiseworthy for Donald Trump to have stuck by his buddy Bill Clinton regardless of the facts, why isn’t it even more praiseworthy for Hillary Clinton to have done the same for her husband? Why, when she does it, is it evidence that she’s an enabler and hates women, but when Trump does it, it’s evidence that he’s just a good friend?