Trump followed that tweet below by retweeting Juanita Broaddrick:
Which is really sad, in just so many ways. Aside from the fact that we're being asked to litigate an event alleged to have happened 38 years ago, there's the fact that while Ms. Broaddrick has said she had an "encounter" with Hillary Clinton sometime after the alleged assault (in 1978), the first public mention of that comes from The Drudge Report in 1999.
The "story she has told for decades"
mentions only that Hillary thanked Broaddrick for "everything she had done for Bill." Broaddrick interpreted this as a threat to keep silent.
Seems a very, very soft kind of threat, even giving it the most generous interpretation (i.e,. most favorable to the victim).
This is a classic "he said/she said" situation, one that could never get near a court of law. No matter, of course, because the new standard of proof in the court of public opinion in the matter of alleged rapes is guilty until proven innocent; and the perpetrator can never be proven innocent without an ironclad alibi and ten witnesses of unimpeachable character who all saw him somewhere else at the time of the rape. According to the Vox article, hotel records can't even place Juanita Broaddrick in the hotel room on the day she says she was raped, but no matter. The Buzzfeed article and the Vox article are examples of recent renewals of her claims which withered for want of a second, or any further interest. She has been telling the same story for decades, though the Hillary "threat" portion is only 17 years old. Is is true because she repeats it, or has she convinced herself it's true because she's repeated it so often?
We have absolutely no way to tell; and now Donald Trump wants to exploit another woman's pain in order to save himself, or at least deflect from what he has done and who he is. Recall how he said he would invite her to the first debate? She tweeted that she was ready to go, but the invitation never came. Trump was playing with her name for his own purposes. He's doing it again, for the same purposes.
He is not only unfit for the office of President of the United States; he is unfit to be among decent people.
In case you're wondering where Trump is going to go with this tonight.
He can't tell you his "secret plan" for defeating ISIS. But he can telegraph his punches to Hillary.