Remember before the last Presidential debate when Donald Trump held his “surprise” press conference with the accusers of Bill Clinton? The political press couldn’t believe it but there was Mr. Trump with Juanita Broaddrick, Kathleen Willey, Kathy Shelton and Paula Jones. Broaddrick, Willey and Jones were three women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct back in the 1980’s while he was the Governor of Arkansas. Those charges were covered extensively by the press but they did not seem to effect the election of 1992 when Mr. Clinton was elected President and then won re-election in 1996. Conspicuously absent from the press conference, however were Gennifer Flowers and Monica Lewinsky whose past with the former President was much more salacious. Be that as it may, I wonder what the reaction would be if the tables were turned? Trump thought that by staging that kind of spectacle just prior to a Presidential debate was a good idea and would somehow derail Ms. Clinton and throw her off her game plan.
Now I know in my heart that the Clinton campaign is far too smart and far too classy to engage in such theatrics but it would be heartening for me to know that at some time in the past week some staffer in the campaign suggested that she return the favor this week. I wonder how Mr. Trump would react if Ms. Clinton were to hold a press conference with Jessica Leeds, Kristin Anderson, Jill Harth, Mindy McGillivray and Natasha Stoynoff. These are the women who have just accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct since his notorious Access Hollywood tape surfaced and he denied such activity at the second debate.
I would love to know that the Clinton camp considered and rejected this tactic and the staff had a good laugh about it. Where is wikileaks when you need them? At this point, there is no need for the Clinton campaign to “get down in the dirt” with the Trump campaign. She needs to conduct herself like she will be the next President of the United States because that is exactly what she is.