Despite an invitation from friendly left-wing media, Bill Clinton refused to comment on Donald Trump’s ongoing highlighting of allegations of his commission of sexual abuse and rape. Both Bill and Hillary Clinton, over the past week, have dodged requests from sympathetic media to criticize Trump and define the parameters of legitimate political inquiry.
Appearing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to stump for his wife, NBC’s Kirsten Welker softly asked the former president for a response to Trump’s recent statements.
"Donald Trump is again today making an issue of your past transgressions. Do you want to respond? And are you worried that your past will hurt your wife's campaign?"
"I don't have a response," replied Clinton. "If he wins the Republican nomination we will have plenty of time to talk about it. I have no interest in getting involved in politics or doing anything except trying to help Hillary.”
The tepid response continues a pattern of fear displayed by the Clintons over the past week following Trump’s description of the former president as “one of the world’s great abusers” and of his wife as an “enabler” of his alleged sexual crimes.
Noteworthy is the framing of the question by Welker, asking Bill Clinton about “past transgressions” without specific articulation of their nature. Readers and political observers are welcome to contemplate how such questions would be phrased if asked of a Republican.
Left-wing media continues to present Monica Lewisnky as the entirety of sexual scandal around Bill Clinton, ignoring allegations of his commission of sexual assault and rape from Paula Jones, Kathleen Willey, Juanita Broaddrick, and others. Building upon this false premise, the Clintons’ media allies have framed the former first couple as unfairly under personal attack by Trump. Portraying the Lewinsky affair as a personal indiscretion of Bill Clinton’s irrelevant to an analysis of his wife’s candidacy, the left-wing media narrative has been one presuming to define what constitutes “fair game” in politics - inevitably implying that Trump has breached its limits.
Just two weeks ago, CNN’s political analysts speculated that Trump’s criticisms of the Clintons would simultaneously hurt the New York City billionaire’s political fortunes while benefiting those of the Clintons.
CNN’s Don Lemon twice shut down discussion about Bill Clinton’s sexual improprieties and alleged assaults and rapes.
A reporter from The Daily Caller asked a more pointed question of Bill Clinton related to Juanita Broaddrick, which was edited out of the MSNBC segment.